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Most Depressing Starbucks in America Closing For a Remodel

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Critics of the non-hyperbolically-nicknamed "most depressing Starbucks in America" can rejoice: the coffee shop near Figueroa and York in Highland Park has temporarily closed so that Starbucks can do some big-time remodeling and try, try again to make the homely coffee hut something less visually offensive, reports the Eastsider LA. Haters of the Starbucks, unveiled late last summer, skewered the weird outdoor area, the "awkward space planning," and the overall ugliness of the whole thing, and called it "a tragic pastiche of design approaches." Burn.

Starbucks plans to add ordering windows; change out several of the doors for new, differently styled ones; add two pedestrian access points; convert a planter into a seating; add a trellis and lighting to the patio; and relocate the odd central bathroom door. Hard to know how dramatic it'll be, but hopefully it'll be effective. The renovation is expected to wrap up in March.
· Highland Park's Depressing Starbucks closed for remodeling therapy [ELA]
· An Architect's Worst Burns on Saddest Starbucks in America [Curbed LA]


6240 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042