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Urth Caffe Finds Arts District is Far From the Westside

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Tuesday, October 28, 2008, at 03:29PM
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At the Barker Block, Urth Caffee opens its Arts District location.

It didn't take long for the Arts District to adapt its routine to yesterday's opening of Urth Caffe. Today, a table of L.A. Times staffers discussed how they are still L.A. Times staffers, while tattoed denizens mixed with civic workers. Inside, Jonathan Jerald of Bedlam Magazine, artist/curator Mark Walsh and curator/man-about-town Edgar Varela of EVFA met for the Arts District version of a power lunch.

The new staff, trained at Urth's westside locations, should find their Arts District patrons a little more laid-back than those in Beverly Hills. Now the cafe is making some changes to fit with the needs of their new neighborhood

Based on the popularity and space of the other Urth Caffes, seating was planned to be limited to an hour and no dogs were to be allowed on the patio.

It quickly became clear that those rules didn't fit in the Arts District.

Fortunately, co-owner Shallom Berkman visited yesterday and took the chance to speak with and listen to some customers. He decided to make a few changes. Dogs will be allowed on the patio, no one will shoo you away after 45 minutes, and WIFI will be added at some point, according to manager Marie Escobar.

On Sunday, November 16th, Urth Caffe will hold its official grand opening, with a VIP and press event at 10am and the public welcome to join in at noon. The occasion will feature music, "delectables," and tours of the facility that will serve as Urth's bakery and headquarters.

Urth Caffe / 510 S. Hewitt St., #105

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