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Thai restaurant no longer comes to WeHo Coffee Bean Space

It looks like WeHoans won’t have a Thai restaurant in the former Coffee Bean space after all. An employee of Crispy Pork Gang Thai in Los Angeles was thrilled to announce he was heading to 8735 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. Demolition was underway, but after a few weeks all activity ceased. A year later, a For Rent sign is back in front of the empty storefront.

There is also a no trespassing sign at the door stating that “the premises are now in the possession of the owner. It is forbidden to enter the premises without the agreement of the owner. »

8735 Santa Monica Boulevard – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

Photos reveal that the space at the corner of Hancock Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard was cleared and vacated after a demolition. There are still remnants of the old Coffee Bean space.

According to a source, the space was supposed to open last summer. “We have a lot to do in this space to make it perfect,” a Los Angeles Crispy Pork Gang site employee told WEHO TIMES a year ago. “We hope to open soon, but it may be later. We plan to be very popular there.

It’s not uncommon for a business to take a long time to open in West Hollywood. The booming gay bar next door has been on the verge of opening for several months, but continues to be in limbo during a grand opening, due to several inspections and permit setbacks.

The owner of Junior Cookies located at 8703 Santa Monica Boulevard at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Westbourne Drive, which is located on the same block a few doors away, also complained that permits and various inspections of the city prevented his business from opening for several months. He said it was a financial burden, since he still had to pay rent during the delay.

Then there’s the El Pollo Loco two blocks away, which has been “Coming Soon” since October 2021.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, closed at this corner in early March 2019, pre-COVID-19 pandemic. The cafe had been serving the West Hollywood community for over 20 years. An employee told WEHO TIMES at the time of its closure that the reason for closing the location was due to the landlord raising rent and low foot traffic.

According to folklore, Dustin Lance Black wrote the screenplay for Milk in this particular WeHo Coffee Bean space. Sightings of him there have been reported several times over the years it has been open.

The space has been empty since its closure.

Established in 2017, the original Crispy Pork Gang Thai Restaurant, located at 5253 Hollywood Blvd, specializes in Thai cuisine with a modern take on classic dishes. This would have been the only Thai restaurant in this area. For a taste of what could have been, visit: https://www.crispyporkgangla.com.