Apparently there’s still room for more specialty coffee, as evidenced by yesterday’s news that Cafe Demitasse is planning to double their total number of stores. Sure, they only have two now, but to jump to four in the matter of a few months is no small feat.
The details come from the LA Times, where owner Bobby Roshan tells the daily that he’ll be plunking down locations in Mid-Wilshire and Hollywood. The first, at 6363 Wilshire Boulevard, sits just east of the large intersection with San Vicente, in a long-vacant ground floor retail space at the base of a standalone office building. Signage has been up for a couple of months now, and the shop — a tiny one, at around 500 square feet — should be ready to roll by the end of the month.
As for the Hollywood location, Roshan won’t spill the coffee beans on exactly where it’ll be located, only telling the Times that it’s going to be much more massive than what’s come before (Demitasse currently operates in Little Tokyo and Santa Monica). The plan is to move most of their personal roasting needs into the new Hollywood facility, plus maintain a front-facing retail operation for their unique brand of specialty drip coffees and espresso drinks.
The fourth Demitasse in Hollywood should arrive sometime later this fall, likely in November. Once it opens, expect an expanded food menu as well, which means more than just the usual pastries and cookies.