Downtown’s ongoing over-caffeination isn’t looking to slow down any time soon, as evidenced by today’s news from Brigham Yen that none other than Blue Bottle Coffee is landing a location inside the historic, and rather beautiful, Bradbury Building at 3rd and Broadway. The Bradbury boasts one of the most architecturally significant interiors in the city.
It’s a slightly less-big coup than the one that brought Blue Bottle to L.A. in the first place (you know, the one where they seized the former Handsome Coffee in the Arts District) but still a big deal for anyone in the neighborhood looking to drink a good morning cup. What’s more: Blue Bottle Coffee is now within a single crosswalk of G & B Coffee, the award-winning Grand Central Market stall run by Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski. Talk about a coffee showdown.
So far the exact location of the upcoming Blue Bottle remains unclear, but Yen seems to think it’ll be taking over some prime Bradbury real estate inside a former corner Sprint store. Either way, the timing of the Borg-like expansion couldn’t be better for Blue Bottle, as they continue to operate in the Arts District and on beautiful Abbot Kinney, while already building out their third outpost along Beverly. Founder James Freeman did tell Eater that he loves the fact that LA has great spaces with beautiful architecture that are actually affordable back when the Blue Bottle invasion started.