One could say it’s the end of an era, or a beginning as La Colombe opened their latest Silver Lake location this past weekend. The East Coast coffee roaster replaces the cherished Casbah Cafe, which closed in 2015.
This is the third location for La Colombe in the LA area, just after the June opening in Century City and Beverly Hills in August 2017. The 1,800 square feet cafe is the first of two that opens this month, with La Colombe Frogtown opening a bike path-adjacent roastery and cafe before the month ends.
The La Colombe team wanted to make sure they kept the historic and local flavor intact by amplifying the large picture windows, and by painting a neighborhood mural on the brick facade facing Hyperion Avenue. This past October, that same wall flaunted a giant pot leaf. A TV pilot starring Margaret Cho used the property as a location for a fake pot dispensary, just as La Colombe was finishing construction. The only thing missing from Casbah are the lush outdoor seating covered with wild plants and bougainvillea.
The Casbah Cafe’s abrupt closure happened overnight. Landlords raising rents and forcing out tenants is becoming increasingly common these days, but Casbah’s swan song was a bitter ending for the 20-year-old cafe.
Hours are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and 7 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
3900 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA