The 121-year-old Lankershim train depot in North Hollywood, reborn as a cool coffee spot with lots of historic flourishes, is preparing for its official grand opening on Friday, reports The Source.
The rehabbed yellow building soft-opened a couple of weeks ago as a Groundwork Coffee Co. cafe, with original wrought iron details, wood floors, and barn-like ceilings, says Eater LA. The depot’s mustard yellow and brown paint job are recreations of the original colors.
Metro spent $3.6 million restoring the 1896 building, and wrapped up the job three years ago. The work included building a new foundation; adding new sidings, eaves, windows, and doors; redoing the roof, plumbing system, and platforms; and seismic upgrades.
Though the work was complete in 2014, no one was able to move in until construction on the nearby pedestrian tunnel between the Red and Orange lines was finished. That tunnel opened in August.
The depot is located near the intersection of Lankershim and Chandler, and serves coffee from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.