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Margaret Cho Shoots TV Pilot at La Colombe’s Future Silver Lake Home

The Korean-American actress dressed the place up like a cannabis dispensary

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La Colombe As A Pot Dispensary
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

In case one walks by, that’s not a pot dispensary at the former Casbah Cafe in Silver Lake. This week, a TV pilot production starring Margaret Cho shot a scene at the newest La Colombe, which opens on October 23. This is La Colombe’s third cafe in Los Angeles, after opening locations in Beverly Hills and Century City.

La Colombe’s eastside expansion goes beyond the corner of Sunset Blvd and Hyperion. Just over the hill in Frogtown, La Colombe’s cafe will open in mid to late November, with the roastery up and running even sooner. Eater spoke with with Sean Kim, La Colombe’s Cafe Manager about the company’s plans: “We’re going to be roasting small batch, single origin coffees, mainly for our wholesale clients and for the cafes as well. There will be a cafe component, with a patio area that opens up onto the LA river bike path.”

La Colombe’s Silver Lake shop resides in the beloved Casbah Cafe space, which took a year to rebuild. The company’s West Coast plans don’t stop there, as Kim anticipates the Santa Monica store to debut in 2018, along with a La Jolla location in the UTC Westfield Shopping Center by late October or early November. Basically, La Colombe plans to dominate the coffee game much like Blue Bottle has tried to do in the last few years.

As for the Margaret Cho shoot, the production wanted to use the La Colombe space as a pot dispensary. The premise: Cho’s character is fresh out of rehab, and forced to move in with her pot dispensary-owning family.

During the shoot, countless people approached Kim excited about the idea of a pot and coffee shop, but had to remind them, “This isn’t Amsterdam. This is strictly a coffee house.”

Once open, La Colombe hours will run from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

Casbah Café

3900 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (323) 664-7000 Visit Website