Yet Another CBTL Gone…

The story that has garnered the most interest on this blog recently has been the disappearance of neighborhood coffee shops, and in particular, the mass extinction of SoCal’s beloved The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  Thank you to all the readers who sent me news that the CBTL at 9th and Wilshire in Santa Monica has now also succumbed.  There is still one extant Coffee Bean in the Third St. Promenade, and I went in today to have a look.  The lack of customers, and low inventory of food left me wondering what its future may be…  What’s going on?  I’m not certain, but perhaps there’s a clue here.

Bluestone Lane Checking Out Of Beverly Hills

As you know if you read this blog, coffee shops are getting hammered right now.  PeetsThe Coffee Bean, and even Starbucks have all been closing locations recently.  And now it looks like the newish Bluestone Lane is leaving its location at 9523 S. Santa Monica, in the Golden Triangle.  The large for lease sign in the window appears to confirm it.

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Even More CBTL Losses!

Yikes!  Ever since I first started telling you about the mass extinction of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf from the Westside, I’ve been hearing from horrified fans mourning the loss of even more neighborhood CBTLs.  The Coffee Bean on the corner of Second and Santa Monica Blvd. is now gone.  The CBTL on the corner of Wilshire and Federal has disappeared.  And, while I haven’t checked it out personally, readers are telling me that The Coffee Bean on the corner of Lincoln and Manchester is now caput.  Lots of you have been sending me theories on why this is happening, but if you have definite information, please let us know…CBTL1.jpgCBTL2

Peet’s Coffee Disappears From Beverly Hills

Times have most certainly not been good for coffee joints.  If you’ve been reading this site, you know that The Coffee Bean has been hit particularly hard.  But just recently, I noticed that Peet’s Coffee has quit its location at 258 S Beverly Dr. in Bevery Hills.  I don’t think we’re done with this trend yet…

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Yet Another CBTL Gone?

I’ve been watching the mass extinction of The Westside’s beloved Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  It appears yet another one may have bitten the dust.  The popular CBTL at 2901 Main St. in Santa Monica appears to be closed.  While it doesn’t have the poster announcing the closure as the other ones have had, the windows are papered over and the equipment has been removed.  What is going on?

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Another Coffee Bean Gone From The Westside…

Earlier this week, I told you about the permanent closure of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on S Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills.  I reader was quick to point out that the CBTL that anchors the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and S Beverly Glen Blvd. was also closing as of Sunday, May 17th.  I went by the coffee shop and checked it out:  A notice in the window confirms that this branch is now permanently closed.  What’s going on with CBTL?

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Starbucks Replacing Iconic Coffee Bean In Westwood

A great many of you were shocked to learn that the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf had closed its doors back in August at its iconic stand-alone location at 1500 Westwood Blvd.  Die hard CBTL fans have been mourning the loss, but there is more coffee on the way…  A banner recently went up announcing Starbucks as the replacement.

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Qwench (Finally) Opens In Westwood…

It was an astonishing 3 years ago that I told you about the development of the space at 1001 Gayley, erstwhile home of a Coffee BeanQwench Juice Bar has officially thrown open its doors and is now dishing juices, smoothies, bowls, sandwiches to the good people of Westwood.  What on earth took so long?  According to a spokesperson, investor issues and city permit problems are to blame.

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Changes At Manhattan Village …

I’ve been keeping a close eye on Manhattan Village, the shopping mall on the corner of Rosecrans and Sepulveda in Manhattan Beach.  With stiff competition from many new shopping and multi-use complexes next door in El Segundo, Manhattan Village is currently getting a much-needed redo.  Here’s the latest progress:  A new Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is under construction in a brand new part of the mall at the farthest southern point on the property, and just to the right is the new See’s Candies.  Check out an artist’s rendering of the flashy new mall here, and in the mean time, I’ll keep watching as details emerge…ManhattenVillage.jpg

 

More Changes To Century City…

You already know that when it comes to the upcoming changes to the food scene at the Westfield Century City Shopping Center (and there will be many)… I got this.  So here’s the latest:  The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf that inhabits the prominent location in the erstwhile center of the mall is closing.  But a new branch will be reopening nearby.  It is taking over the old space built for the long-gone Potato Corner near the recently new See’s Candies.  It looks like the move will be complete sometime in February.  We’ll have to see what takes over the old space…

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Coffee Bean Closes At Lincoln And Michigan In SM

Well, I didn’t see this coming…  It looks like the busy Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf located on the corner of Lincoln and Michigan in Santa Monica has permanently closed down.  They’ve wasted no time papering the windows and scraping the name from the front of the building, and judging by the “for lease” signs on the space, there’s no replacement lined up.  All those drowsy students at adjacent Samohi will just have to source their caffeine somewhere else…

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The Westside Gets A New Coffee Bean

The brand new branch of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf that was under construction in the curious space on the southwest corner of the super-busy intersection of Wilshire and Federal is now open.  Where you might find parking is anyone’s guess.  But while you’re driving around looking for a space, you can read more about the SoCal fave beverage shop here. 

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Landing Soon On Wilshire At Federal…

Signs recently went up announcing that a brand spanking new branch of locally-based java behemoth Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will soon be taking over the space on the southwest corner of the hyper-busy intersection of Wilshire and Federal in West LA.  Seems like an interesting choice for location given the craziness of the traffic and lack of parking.  No word on an opening date but I’ll keep checking…

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Seasons 52, Coffee Bean Now Open In Century City

Well, it looks like Seasons 52 was able to do it… They opened on their projected November 26th date in the Westfield Century City Shopping Center with a cool Houston’s meets True Food Kitchen vibe.  As well we know, Santa Monica, however,  is a whole other animal and the Seasons 52 that was scheduled to open in January is now delayed. Check out their menu here: seasons52.  In other Century City news, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf that was built at the center of the mall opened on Friday.