The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, located located on 8735 Santa Monica Blvd., on the corner of Hancock Avenue and Santa Monica, in the heart of West Hollywood’s Boystown, is closing this coming Sunday after serving the WeHo community for 20 years.
“Thank you so much for your support over the years,” reads a sign on the door. “Unfortunately, this location is permanently closing at the of the business day on Sunday, March 10, 2019. We appreciate your business and we look forward to welcoming you at one of our nearby stores.”
An employee tells WEHO TIMES the reason the location is closing is due to the landlord raising the rent and the low foot traffic. “Business has been down for this place,” She said. “The foot traffic is not what it used to be. Then they raised the rent, so that sort of sealed the deal for us.”
The employee said that all the WeHo employees are not losing their jobs. They will continue their employment with Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at nearby locations. She said she will be transferred to the location in Beverly Hills.
“This place is not exactly a mom and pop shop,” said a passerby who wished to remain nameless. “It’s not exactly going to hurt them too much by closing one location, but it’s still kind of sad to see it close. This place and the Big Gay Starbucks are pretty big hangouts for the community.”
There is no word yet on what will take the place of the soon to be vacant space. The employee believes it will be another coffee shop because they do not have a full kitchen in the back. She also stated that the Coffee Bean West Hollywood plans to close their business hours at 4pm this coming Sunday.
Nearby Coffee Beans are located at 8789 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood and Sunset and Hayworth, at 7915, Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.