Civil Coffee, a new spot from Handsome Coffee veterans Alex and Alan Morales, is slated to open in Highland Park this summer. In the meantime, the brothers are setting up shop in front of their future digs tomorrow to introduce themselves to the neighborhood with the help of free coffee. That’s right, free coffee!
While most of the properties on the ever-gentrifying York Boulevard have been snatched up, Highland Park’s other main drag N. Figueroa Street still has some wiggle room for new businesses. That’s where the new store will be located, not too far from Antigua Bread and Good Girl Dinette. It’s also just around the corner from the popular Tierra Mia Coffee, which opened on Avenue 50 earlier this year— Kickstarter-funded Kindness & Mischief and Santa Cruz roasters Verve Coffee are also planning to open within walking distance, so things could get interesting.
The L.A.-raised Morales brothers have been running a mobile coffee cart for the past few years for private events and festival gigs, like Coachella, while also steering the coffee program at Hollywood’s Tiago Coffee + Kitchen. The upcoming shop will feature espresso drinks and a small food menu.