The Historic Core in Downtown LA, comprising the largest concentration of grand historic structures in all of Southern California, has organically evolved into one of the most vibrant and interesting urban neighborhoods on the left coast. Spring Street, in particular, is now lined with restaurants, bars, and cafes from 3rd to 9th Street with many of these eateries creating outdoor seating for their customers, which has dramatically added life to the street. One of those eateries, Spring for Coffee (near 6th and Spring), recently added their own outdoor seating with a compelling modern design.
Most people who frequent Spring for Coffee know that the space is small and there was limited seating outside to enjoy that cup of jo. However, this summer the popular cafe, serving Handsome and Stumptown, installed a modern stylish patio seating area just outside its front door that can accommodate up to 8 people comfortably. The seating area is delineated by black metal fencing with crisscrossing lines resembling diamond shapes. Two large yellow umbrellas accentuate the new setup. On a recent afternoon, I saw most of the seats taken by customers enjoying a very warm afternoon.
The outdoor seating, designed by Patrick Shields, helps activate the sidewalk and provides pedestrians a place to stop and enjoy the city. With Spring Street Park and two parklets coming soon to Spring Street as well, the neighborhood will continue to mature and evolve into the dynamic urban streetscape that is redefining Los Angeles, post-suburbia.