Back in June 2015, we reported the exciting news that Blue Bottle Coffee was coming to the Bradbury Building in Downtown LA, which would become its second DTLA location after the Arts District. Well fast forward a year and half later, and the popular third-wave coffee chain has finally opened at the corner of 3rd and Broadway signaling yet another strong sign that Broadway is actually, really turning a corner in its long-awaited revitalization.
Blue Bottle Coffee opened for business just before the new year on Dec 31, 2016. The SF-based coffee purveyor has revealed a beautiful cavernous space once hidden behind drab coverings, such as ugly dropped ceilings, when it was occupied by an aging Sprint cell phone store, which relocated down the street to The Broadway Lofts if you’re looking for Sprint.
The new space is minimalistic with a modern industrial chic quality — there’s also an eye-catching grand bookcase, a collaboration with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, set against the back wall, for instance — that really complements the inherent beauty of the Bradbury Building built in 1893. Along with classical white columns reminiscent of Soho, New York, walls with exposed brick and original wooden door and window frames have been restored and now proudly add such beautiful character to the cafe atmosphere.
Located almost directly across the street from the Grand Central Market, the new Blue Bottle Coffee will create a strong synergy with the historic food hall, giving people another destination along Broadway to frequent. Also, it doesn’t hurt that Blue Bottle is located inside truly one of the most cherished architectural gems in all of Los Angeles.
Blue Bottle Coffee is open seven days a week from 7 am to 7 pm. As Broadway continues to revitalize, perhaps those business hours will expand as well.