Behold Downtown's newest source of high-end caffeine: G&B Coffee at Grand Central Market. The coffee bar opened quietly last Friday, but received throngs of coffee geeks and fans over the weekend. The bar-style service caters to multiple people at a time without forming a line, a much different experience than something like Intelligentsia Silver Lake or Venice. Founders Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski have seen people belly up to the bar, stay put, and hang out, sort of like an L.A. version of what's prevalent at Italian espresso bars.
As with G&B's presence at SQIRL, this bar will feature pourover specialty coffee using a Kalita wave brewer, top-notch espresso, and ice cream-coffee shakes. At the moment they're featuring Heart Roasters from Portland, Ritual Coffee from San Francisco, and 49th Parallel from Vancouver, with a few picks from Intelligentsia coming into the lineup soon. Ice cream is sourced from Strauss Creamery, but will eventually be churned by McConnell's Ice Cream in Santa Barbara.
Pastries via Pete the Baker, the former baked goods maker of the now defunct Storefront, is supplying G&B with croissants, pain au chocolat, pretzels, ham & cheese croissants, and chocolate chip cookies, with a few more choices coming soon. There's also sourdough toast and jam from Saving the Season's Kevin West.
Though originally reported to debut at this spot until a full 360 degree kiosk opens in another part of the market, G&B is electing to stay put on this Hill Street side for the moment (stall C19). Hours will run daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. As for G&B Larchmont, final permits are close at hand, so anticipate a launch some time in the next few weeks. [Eaterwire]
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