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Unwind With Rise-N-Grind

By Kim Sudhalter

August 21, 2014

Nothing, I repeat, nothing makes me happier than to see an old building restored and put to new use in Los Angeles.  Last month I drove up Wilcox and saw a crew of painters working on the building gracing the northwest corner of Wilcox and Hollywood, near my old office. As I got closer, I noticed they were carefully painting the face of each brick white, leaving the brick-colored mortar intact in between.  I drove by several times in the next week and they were still at it…hand painting bricks one by one. The final effect was so elegant I knew something special was happening.

risengrind window

Rise-N-Grind Coffee Shop, Tea Room and Juice Bar opened its doors in late July. The brainchild of Playhouse Nightclub owner, Robert Vinokur, this late-night hang is open daily from 7am to 10pm. The spacious, industrial-style venue serves food and drink almost exclusively sourced from LA suppliers, such as coffees from Stumptown Coffee Roasters Coffee, teas from The Art of Tea, a wide selection of 16-ounce juices from Pressed Juicery, bread and pastries and salads from Homeboy/Homegirl Industries .

risengrind coffee cups

The concrete and steel interior features a skateboard motif designed to appeal to the music/art/skate culture. Plans are to eventually be open 24/7 and showcase revolving art shows and weekly entertainment. Shows scheduled for September include Talk-A-Latte with Andy Dick (Tuesdays, starting September 2), Acoustic Spotlight (Wednesdays, starting September 3) and Rocco’s Caffeine Comedy (Thursdays, starting September 4).

risengrind lineup

Not only a cool place to hang out and get some work done, Rise-N-Grind’s a perfect meeting place, after clubbing sober up spot and an all around fantastic way to breath new life into a great old building.

See Eater LA’s report on Rise-N-Grind here.

Rise-N-Grind, 6501 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.


Kim Sudhalter is the President of Urban Legend PR, a full-service public relations, branding and marketing company.  She consulted with the Hollywood Entertainment District in its early years, helping to attract investment and revitalize the area. Originally from Europe and New York, she is an architecture and history buff who has a deep and abiding love for Hollywood and its past.

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