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West Hollywood’s Year-Old Demitasse Coffee to Close By End of Month

The specialty shop fought it out on tough Santa Monica Boulevard

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Demitasse West Hollywood
Demitasse West Hollywood
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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.

Local coffee name Demitasse is pulling up stakes in West Hollywood soon, less than a year after first opening along busy Santa Monica Boulevard. The quirky corner shop never seems to have caught on with the locals, despite a proliferation of chain coffee nearby and plenty of frontage overlooking the boulevard.

Demitasse is a popular name in other parts of the city, with buzzing locations in Santa Monica and Little Tokyo. The company even opened a mid-Wilshire location back in 2015, around the same time they put a bunch of cash into a space on Cahuenga in Hollywood. Sadly the latter location closed roughly a year after opening as well, adding one more casualty to the long-debated Cahuenga restaurant curse. That closure happened in early 2017, with owner Bobak Roshan pushing his focus into the then-new location in West Hollywood.

Roshan says the Santa Monica Blvd. outlet will finish up by the end of the month before vacating their space. More recently ownership partnered with Pink Matter, a colorful, healthy-leaning mostly juice concept, who will stay on after Demitasse leaves in a matter of days.