Coffee Place Semantics - VPF
West coast versus east coast semantics. In California we call restaurants that are mid-century modern in architecture, have big windows so that cars passing by can see inside, serve a multitude of home-style foods from an established kitchen COFFEE SHOPS. It says so right on their signs.
|It's a COFFEE SHOP! Ship's, Westwood and Wilshire. Demolished|
A place that sells coffee exclusively, along with other beverages and maybe some foodstuffs that do NOT require preparation in a full-fledged kitchen are called COFFEE HOUSES. You may even see some BoHo art, read poetry or sing folk songs in a coffee house. Our modern-day chain coffee houses are Starbucks, Coffee Bean, independent places such as UnUrban and Talking Stick, etc.
On the east coast, they call places like our Coffee Shops, with extensive food menus, DINERS. East coasters call coffee places that sell beverages exclusively and non-kitchen necessary foodstuffs, COFFEE SHOPS.
It's all so confusing.
Recently, our local coffee shop, Norm's on La Cienega has been threatened by demolition. There are steps to rule this iconic building a Historical National Monument. Phew! So many of our mid-20th century buildings have been torn down. Here is an excellent article that explains the controversy.
|Photo by Jack Laxer|
|Norm's La Cienega, Interior|
|Norm's La Cienega, iconic signage|
Norm's in Santa Monica, a late 1960's building was recently torn down for massive commercial development along Lincoln Boulevard.
|Norm's Santa Monica. Demolished|
Luckily, we still have a few "Googie" / space-age coffee shops in the vicinity, still running, and still serving delicious home-style food at reasonable prices!
|Pann's Coffee Shop, Ladera Heights, Los Angeles|
|Chip's Coffee Shop, Hawthorne|
Have a wonderful weekend. Go out to a COFFEE SHOP for a burger this weekend and check out the cool architecture!
|Bob's Broiler, Downey|