Tom N Tom’s Coffee is coming to the Little Tokyo Shopping Center at 3rd and Alameda (home to Woori Market). The new location in Little Tokyo will be their 8th cafe with most of their other locations in Koreatown. It is currently under construction near the front entrance of the mall right off of 3rd Street.
With plans to open within the next few months, Tom N Tom’s Coffee is adding to a list of new businesses that have been opening at the indoor mall such as Manna Korean BBQ and a new bowling/entertainment complex (code named “X-Lanes”) that is set to open on the third floor by Jan 2013.
The Seoul-based coffee chain has 250 locations in South Korea according to their website. Los Angeles has been their point of entry into the U.S. market given the fact that LA has the largest Korean and Korean-American population outside of their respective country.
What I like most about this particular Tom N Tom’s Coffee is what it will do for the Little Tokyo Shopping Center. The cafe will have an open patio seating area facing 3rd Street that will help make this bunker-style indoor mall seem a bit more “transparent” by interacting more with the sidewalk outside. It is very important that these seemingly “little steps” be taken, so that collectively added up over the next few years, our long-term goal of creating a walkable and pedestrian-oriented urban center is achieved.