As we pack up and prepare to move into the new offices in Chinatown, we find ourselves a bit sad to leave the Arts District and its amazing energy and bustle.
The Arts District, like all of Downtown L.A., has changed rapidly over the past few years. When artists first moved into the neighborhood’s abandoned warehouses and factories in the 1970s and ’80s, the area was rough and raw, filled with graffiti and long-deserted commercial buildings. It stayed that way until the revitalization of Downtown began, in the late ’90s. Now, new construction and businesses decorate the area, film crews are an ever-present sight, and tourists and shoppers abound. The Arts District has become a hip destination for L.A.’s creative community, the coffee connoisseur, the foodie, and the casual observer.
Here’s to two places we will especially miss, because having a great restaurant or coffee place within a five-minute walk of one’s office is a true godsend:Shreebs Coffee
Shreebs started in a backyard in Venice, then moved to a laundromat in Hollywood before opening their current pop-up shop, housed in a brightly colored shipping container on the corner of Colyton and Palmetto. Delicious coffee, a super-friendly staff, a free morsel with every coffee, and picnic bench seating dare you to not enjoy your coffee break!Zinc Cafe and Bar Mateo
Zinc Cafe was already a popular destination in Orange County before opening its Arts District location back in 2014. Since then, we have thoroughly enjoyed the bright and airy restaurant with its charming outdoor courtyard, not to mention the delicious food! Zinc is a welcome oasis in the ever-changing landscape of the Arts District.