There was a time that a coffee shop just needed to have a wide variety of blends and ample seating to survive. Then the hipster coffee bars started showing up in Arts District, and Novel Cafe found itself a little behind the curve, serving decidedly second wave Groundworks in a funky space that worked perfectly for all the nearby freelancers and laptop warriors.
Today comes word that the neighborhood shop is closed up and emptied out unceremoniously, with those looking for a cheap cup o' joe or fresh-squeeze juice having to look elsewhere. No word on what will enter that rather prime space on Traction at the moment. What kind of concept needs to go into Arts District? Hit the comments with a suggestion. Novel Cafe still has outlets in Westwood, Pasadena, and Koreatown.