Starbucks To Open In Former Tangier Space

STARBUCKSLOS FELIZ—A new construction walkway in front of the former Tangier restaurant space has signaled Starbucks—who public records show bought the property in January—will soon join six other coffee shops on a small stretch of Hillhurst Avenue.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Stamp Proper Foods, Café Los Feliz, Twenty40, Maru and the soon-to-open Blue Bottle all occupy the same coffee-saturated half-mile stretch where the new Starbucks will go, but public records indicate Starbucks hopes to bring more than just additional caffeine to the area.

Requests filed with the city’s planning department for a beer and wine permit and longer operating hours—5 a.m. to 2 a.m.—led some to speculate Starbucks was expanding their “Evenings” concept, a hybrid wine bar and coffee shop launched in Seattle stores in 2010 and expanded to more than 400 stores nationwide in 2014.

But Starbucks announced in January they were discontinuing the Evenings program and would no longer serve alcohol at any of their locations.

Additionally, Starbucks’ permit application indicates they only plan to use about half of the 7,499 square-foot-space and will sublet the remaining square footage to another business.

Although Valerio Architects, the firm representing Starbucks in this endeavor, did not return a request for comment on who would share the space, Tangier’s existing kitchen and the beer and wine permit application mean a restaurant or bar are likely tenants.

As for how a new Starbucks will fare in notoriously chain-averse Los Feliz, that remains to be seen.

Chain liquor store BevMo! stopped pursuing a Hillhurst Avenue location after facing significant local pushback in 2015, but Coffee Bean—and Starbucks’ existing Vermont Avenue location—seem to be doing just fine.


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