I park my car blocks away from STAPLES Center and schlep my bloated bag of bones and fat and water over to the arena on foot. As I walk down 11th Street towards to the arena, I come upon this interesting place. For years it was nothing, just a vacant storefront. But as the hockey season started up again, I noticed this.
It’s not open all the time, but when it is it’s a coffeehouse complete with the new pretentious drip drop bullshit a la Intelligentsia. Come to find out it’s a pop-up shop for Cafe Dulce although I’m still unconvinced.
I’ll walk by and the people running the store are speaking in hushed tones in Korean while smoking a cigarette. When I walked by Saturday night, it sounded like a party was going on inside although the gates were closed. So I’m 100% convinced this is a Korean drug front. For what, exactly, I don’t know.
Here’s a photo of the other side of the store front.
Regardless what it really is, I think it’s pretty cool.