Intelligentsia Venice, watch out! NorCal's eco-conscious roaster Blue Bottle Coffee has signed its second Los Angeles lease in Venice, taking over that handsome 650-square foot brick building with a retractable garage door (just like the Hayes Valley kiosk in SF) that once housed French 50s60s right next to YAS on Abbot Kinney. Reps for Blue Bottle says they're excited to hit the LA market and expect to open in the spring of 2014, which means that this will be the city's first Blue Bottle, followed by Culver City. They're going for a "simple and elegant" design that also pays homage to Abbot Kinney's history.
In addition to Blue Bottle's standard roster of coffee-compatible baked goods like cookies, fruit buckles, sweet and savory shortbread and sesame absinthe cigars, which will be baked in-house, the Venice cafe will also offer one exclusive item reflective of local culture, similar to Blue Bottle Williamsburg's Brooklyn Bootleg S'mores. The unique Venice product could be a baked good or coffee drink, it's still tbd.
As far as coffee is concerned, they'll serve single origins and blends as drip, plus an espresso blend and New Orleans-style iced coffee and single origin iced coffee, too.
And finally, Blue Bottle is indeed on the hunt for a roastery/production/kitchen space. But the Venice outlet will likely open before that's established. [EaterWire]