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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Will coffee perk up an East Los Anglees landmark?

The owner of Silver Lake's Coffee Table restaurant plans to open a cafe inside the mosaic-covered Self Help Graphics & Art building in East Los Angeles. Brett Schoenhals expects to open Cafe con Leche early next year within the arts center at the corner of Cesar Chavez and Gage avenues. The menu at the cafe, which won't have a full kitchen, will focus on soups, salads and sandwiches, Schoenhals said.

Self Help, founded nearly 40 years ago, hired a new executive director earlier this year as the nonprofit seeks to establish a more solid financial footing. The building is home to a print-making studio, classrooms and gallery spaces. Schoenhals said his cafe will occupy about 2,000-square-feet of space, including the highly visible corner location. His plan is to showcase the work of Self Help artists during ongoing exhibitions in the cafe.

Photo from SelfHelpGraphics.com


  1. If Coffee Con Leche is anything like The Coffee Table, it will DEFINITELY perk up the area. The Coffee Table ROCKS!

  2. I think it will be great. Another reason to visit the location. The arts organization and coffee shop will compliment eachother. Art needs coffee, coffee needs art! Everyone is sick of Starbucks anyway ;)

  3. Let's get this straight--Self Help Graphics & Art will be the one to perk up any business that occupies that building, not the other way around.