Last December, the Buzz reported that Groundwork Coffee was planning to return to Larchmont. Based on the recent installation of a sign and the sound of sawing coming from inside the space at 150 N. Larchmont, it seems Groundwork will be opening soon in the former home of Sam’s Bagels, which relocated just one door north. Calls to Groundwork to determine an opening date haven’t been returned yet, so we will keep you posted when we hear.
Groundwork Coffee opened accross the street at 139 N. Larchmont in July 2015. In December of 2016, it was rebranded Bardonna by owner Josh Pourgol who wanted to have more flexibility to offer his own menu. At the time, Pourgol told the Buzz that Groundwork would be coming back to Larchmont in 2017.
Groundwork Coffee, a local company based in North Hollywood and now Portland has grown to be one of the largest specialty coffee roasters and distributors on the West Coast since opening in 1990. Recently, the company has opened cafés in Whole Foods Market 365 in Santa Monica and Lake Osewgo, Oregon. In January, they opened in the 120-year old former train depot in the NoHo Arts District area of North Hollywood, “making for one of the most stunning coffee shops not just in Los Angeles, but anywhere,” according to Eater LA.
“Though not often heralded in this age of minimalist cafe interiors and out of town roasters, Groundwork continues to quietly chug along as one of Los Angeles’ largest and most influential coffee operators. Their expansive wholesale business alone helps keep the city’s morning coffee scene afloat, while their various locations — from the Downtown Arts District to Venice and beyond — tend to be eclectic, fitting in with their various neighborhoods rather than forming a cohesive single culture,” according to Eater LA.
Hopefully, their demonstrated interest in preserving local history and fitting into the neighborhood will bode well for their newest shop on Larchmont. And who doesn’t need another great cup of coffee? Regardless, it will be nice to see the long empty space occupied.