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Boyle Heights Coffee Mainstay Primera Taza Moves in a New Direction

Plus a party in Chinatown and no more crepes at the Spring Arcade

El Cafe Primera Taza
The upcoming El Cafe by Primera Taza
Primera Taza [official photo]

Primera goes first

The fine folks over at Primera Taza in Boyle Heights are changing things up after losing the lease on their longtime 1st Street property. Now they’re moving to a still-undisclosed space nearby, and renaming the thing El Cafe by Primera Taza.

Some clandestine signage is up in Boyle Heights now showing off the future property, though ownership is being coy about the address thus far. Still, they’ve already shifted the name of the place across social media, and are telling expectant customers to be ready for a reopening this month, if not this week. The team’s plans to move into a cooperative ownership model, and to continue to source Mexican coffee directly, remain intact.

Kept cold

Here comes yet more news on Cold-Cocked Coffee, the (fourth wave?) Koreatown shop being run by Adam Fleischman of Umami Burger fame. The place is meant to be like a specialty cocktail space, but with coffee and lots of changing of the paradigm when it opens in spring, says LA Magazine.

Chinatown parties

Chinatown After Dark returns tomorrow night, with food from a ton of great vendors like Lao Tao Street Food, Lasa, Baohaus, Ramen Champ, and Isa Fabro. It helps that Howlin’ Ray’s is now open until 7 p.m. as well.

Sweets in Downtown

Sinners and Saints Desserts is opening inside the Corporation Food Hall in Downtown today. The sugary spot takes over for the short-lived poke place inside.

Other worldy

The fine folks over at El Cochinito in Silver Lake have managed to take home the title of World’s Best Cuban Sandwich apparently. They flew to Florida to compete in an international festival for such things, and ended up walking away with the grand prize.

Oh crepes

Looks like Downtown French restaurant Crepes Sans Frontieres (a play on the French title of international organization Doctors Without Borders) has succumbed to the depths. DTLAer is reporting the spot inside the Spring Arcade is no more, while across the way Blu Jam Cafe continues to turn a brisk brunch business.

Downtown’s changing ways

Vegan ice cream option Divine Dips is now open in Downtown, taking over a slot at 6th and Los Angeles inside the PE Lofts. The dairy-free option is doing limited test runs with a variety of flavors now.

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