I'm 44, not 4, but I'd love a big pasta bowl with a picture of a tiger on the bottom that I got to see when I finished my meal. I also loved the little sake cups my dad brought back from Occupied Japan with a geisha who appeared on the bottom when the sake was poured in. Which is why I like the cups at Intelligentsia Coffee .. finish your coffee and you feel like a star.
Today (Wednesday), Intelligentsia opened another LA branch, this time at 55 East Colorado in Old Town, just a few doors down from the pawn shop (which has a very tempting old Porter-Cable electric planer in the window). By 1 p.m, about 200 customers had come in, which is why these guys are smiling.
That's the handsome Kyle Glanville and Stephen Morrissey (not Morrissey Morrissey) of Intelligentsia flanking Matthew Poley, co-owner of Heirloom-LA caterering, which is doing the food for the new cafe. (Matthew is a fellow Detroiter. There's an Olde English D on the other side of that cap, which is glued to his head with egg whites.)
Glanville says they're planning to open a separate eating area in the basement, and he told me he'd like to make it a speakeasy with a secret knock. On his hopes for the cafe's future, Glanville gave some good Squid Ink to Amy Scattergood:
"Pasadena needs not just a communal morning hub; it needs an evening hub as well," said Kyle Glanville. "The architecture kicks a--*, the people kick a-- ... The Cheesecake Factory has a line around the block," said Glanville, admittedly mystified. "We're not creating this 2,000-square-foot space just to do business between 8 and 10 a.m."
(Photos: John Rabe)