downtown los angeles, historic core, pershing square

New Starbucks Opens at Title Guarantee Building in Downtown LA

A brand new Starbucks opened last Friday at 5th and Hill at the historic Title Guarantee Building in Downtown LA

A brand new Starbucks opened last Friday at 5th and Hill at the historic Title Guarantee Building in Downtown LA

Wow that was fast! Only about a month since construction started, a brand new Starbucks opened last Friday on the ground floor of the Title Guarantee Building at 5th and Hill by Pershing Square. Another Starbucks you ask? Yes, but I still think there are two reasons to be excited about this even though it’s “just another Starbucks.” One, the new cafe gives everyday regular folks a way to interact with a beautiful historic building that’s been closed off for decades. Even though this 13-story historic beauty — topped by a stunning Art Deco crown — was converted into 74 lofts back in 2008, the ground floor had been sealed off to the public occupied by the building’s leasing office and a small fitness center. Now, with Starbucks replacing the leasing office and gym, even if you’re not a resident, you can still engage with the building like never before.

And that brings us to the second reason why this is an exciting development in the long marathon of cleaning up Downtown LA. Because Starbucks helps activate this corner with new investment and energy, it also helps toward the clean up of a still-sketchy intersection at 5th and Hill. Anecdotally, I have heard many residents of Title Guarantee complain how unpleasant it is for them to come downstairs just to walk their dog or go about their daily lives. It goes without saying that Starbucks won’t be the complete answer, but it’s still a significant addition to helping the corner feel safer for pedestrians walking in this area.

Current hours for Starbucks at 5th and Hill will be open from 4:30 am to 8 pm. Hopefully as the intersection continues to clean up, they can extend their hours later.

The Title Guarantee Building was built in 1930 and is one of the most beautiful Art Deco structures in Downtown LA

The Title Guarantee Building was built in 1930 and is one of the most beautiful Art Deco structures in Downtown LA

Starbucks at 5th and Hill now has patio seating to help activate this once dead corner

Starbucks at 5th and Hill now has patio seating to help activate this once dead corner

A long, narrow seating area greets those who enter Starbucks at 5th and Hill

A long, narrow seating area greets those who enter Starbucks at 5th and Hill

The main portion of Starbucks

The main portion of Starbucks

La Boulange bakery served

La Boulange bakery served

I love how they saved the vintage Thrifty terrazzo flooring in front

I love how they saved the vintage Thrifty terrazzo flooring in front

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7 Comments

  1. This really come together quickly meanwhile Philz is taking over a year to build out.

    • That may speak to the quality of build out in the case of Starbucks. Although a year does seem like a long time, although don’t know what that build out entails.

  2. Bravo! Starbucks! Thank goodness that hot brew relocated from the “Gas Company Tower” where Javaheads can mix in the fresh air across the street in the “Title Lofts”! My only criticism is the old “Thrifty Drug” inlay when you walk through the entrance needs replaced or covered with a carpet…Its not original to the building.

    • wilson says

      Are you seriously that crazy? The thrifty drug tile is awesome and full of character. Only you the Gawmaster of Gozer would want to cover it up. You and Starbuck’s taste perfectly align.

  3. wilson says

    As a resident of Title Guarantee and coffee fan, I’ll continue to get my coffee at one of the awesome independent places like G&B or Spring for Coffee. Starbucks won’t get a dime out of me. Just say no to their crap.

    They’ve also been terrible tenants so far, both during the build out and since opening. They’re currently leaving all kinds of trash in the garage, rather than taking it to the dumpster.

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