This just in from an awesome tipster. Blue Bottle’s LA domination continues with another second location planning to open in Downtown LA in addition to the Arts District. According to the Financial Times published today, Blue Bottle has signed a lease to open in the amazing, beautiful historic Bradbury Building at 3rd and Broadway. Although the article doesn’t go into specifics about the new third-wave coffee outpost opening at one of LA’s most impressive architectural masterpieces built in 1893, I am pretty certain it is replacing the Sprint store at the corner, which I noticed was vacating (relocating to another smaller space on Broadway also in the Bradbury Building) on May 1 during the “May Day Rally” when I snapped the picture above.
Blue Bottle opening on this stretch of northern Broadway has some very exciting implications for the revitalization of the entire historic thoroughfare. The prominent corner space with high visibility sits directly across the street from the Grand Central Market, which has become a magnet for some of the most creative culinary concepts to open in Los Angeles. Together, they will create a strong synergy (along with Maccheroni Republic and Spring) that will act as an even stronger anchor for the northern portion of Broadway that will likely attract more new businesses to open nearby. With 9th and Broadway toward the southern portion already experiencing amazing momentum, it is incredibly important for the future of Broadway to have the same kind of progress in the north to hem in the street.
Blue Bottle is slated to open next year in the Bradbury Building. Can’t wait.