Koreatown’s new coffee hangout
The Ox Los Angeles is a new coffee shop from Bryan Choi now open inside the 29-year-old Oxford Hotel, a longtime community events space and hotel in Koreatown. Though the aging hotel has long held birthdays, parties, and more on its premises for Korean-Americans, it’s looking to branch out to a younger clientele with The Ox. Choi says the place comes from a desire to, “create a space for all generations to enjoy great drinks and conversation.” The second floor coffee lounge serves Counter Culture Coffee, Rishi teas, and pastries from Bakers Kneaded. Beginning in January 2020, The Ox will expand the menu to craft beers and cocktails, with a light food menu as well. Hours will run 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and until 6 p.m. on Sunday. 745 S. Oxford Avenue, Koreatown.
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