Glassell Park is notoriously short on coffee options. But starting this Saturday, a new cafe joins the neighborhood’s respected caffeinated spots Habitat Coffee and Little Ripper. Little Barn Coffee House not only took over the former Division 3 space, but also offers something unique for Los Angeles, an entirely plant-based coffeehouse.
Owners, LA-natives, and life partners Joana Rubio and Seleste Diaz are both coffee veterans having worked at Echo Park’s Chango Coffee until it closed in 2018. Until recently, Rubio was a lead fixture at Habitat Coffee in Glassell Park, and manager at Division 3 before its recent closure due to coronavirus. Diaz is a former accountant turned plant-based chef who will prepare tortas, tamales, burritos, Chango classics, and Division 3-inspired biscuits, but without animal products.
The pair had concerns about opening during a pandemic, most notably employee safety. Diaz, Rubio, and two roommates are Little Barn staff that live together under the same roof to limit their exposure to others. Diaz and Rubio are also bandmates for local band Stars At Night.
There’s still the same charming outdoor patio from Division 3. Little Barn will source coffee from City Bean Coffee Roasters, and leaves from Art of Tea. Another coffeehouse is in the works on Glassell Park’s border with Eagle Rock, Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen. But that cafe’s opening date is in question because of COVID-19. Starting Saturday, Little Barn will serve from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.