North Hollywood should ready itself for some certified organic coffee, with news today that Groundwork Coffee will be heading into a 120-year old former train depot in the NoHo Arts District area. The move comes as part of the brand’s 25 year anniversary, and brings their local location total up to a dozen, while simultaneously helping to keep a neighborhood icon alive.
Though not often heralded in this age of minimalist cafe interiors and out of town roasters, Groundwork continues to quietly chug along as one of Los Angeles’ largest and most influential coffee operators. Their expansive wholesale business alone helps keep the city’s morning coffee scene afloat, while their various locations — from the Downtown Arts District to Venice and beyond — tend to be eclectic, fitting in with their various neighborhoods rather than forming a cohesive single culture.
The Lankershim Depot location sits near the intersection of Lankershim and Chandler, not far from the existing Orange Line stop. The iconic location dates back to before the turn of the previous century (Patch put together a nice little history piece on the place back in 2013) but was given a $3.6 million boost by the Metro folks not long ago, in hopes of breathing in a bit of new life. And that’s exactly what Groundwork is hoping to do.
Groundwork Coffee at the Lankershim Depot hopes to be up and running by April.