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Incoming Recreation Cafe Offers Art and Wine for Changing Mid-City

The Washington Boulevard option is hoping to land with a smile this summer

Recreation Cafe
Live music at Recreation
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Mid-City is making room for a new casual all-day dining space along Washington Boulevard soon, as Recreation Cafe seeks to merge art, food, and community together by sometime this summer.

Actor Nick Spano, a longtime Mid-City resident himself, has been trying to make Recreation’s cafe side happen since roughly 2015. Currently the property is used as a multi-functional community arts space (hence the technical name ‘Re/Creation’ with the slash), offering space for painting, live music and dance, and public meetings.

The hope, Spano tells Eater, is to expand that vibe into a restaurant capable of doing breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. There will be coffee, pastries, and juices in the morning, healthy lunch options like salads and sandwiches, and a mellow evening vibe with beer and wine. Live music and curated cultural nights would continue.

If all goes well, Spano says he could be up and running with the cafe by simetime this summer, with hours from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Recreation Cafe
4500 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA