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Village Coffee Shop Prepares to Close

The longtime fixture on Beachwood Drive officially closes on Wednesday.

, the at 2695 North Beachwood Drive closes today.

Co-owner Alex Papalexis, whose parents, Bill and Vergie Papalexis, first opened the coffee shop in 1975, had little to say, calling it “upsetting” and a “personal time” for his family. He did not elaborate on why it was closing. Alex Papalexis also runs the adjacent Beachwood Market.

Jeff Meyer, who has owned the neighboring Hollywoodland Antiques and Fine Time Pieces for 15 years, said the coffee shop's closing is understandable yet “profoundly sad.”

“When I first opened, there was a 15- to 20-minute wait to get a table,” Meyer said. “Now you can go in at any time and get a seat. It’s a wonderful family that’s given a lot to the neighborhood.”

Patti Peck, a former owner of Millie's Cafe in Silver Lake, confirmed she will open a new restaurant at the location. It will be called Beachwood Cafe, and .

Lynn Shepodd, a local realtor who serves on the membership committee of the Hollywoodland Homeowner's Association, recalled when the coffee shop was just a counter. She said it will be sad to say goodbye, but is looking forward to having a new tenant in the neighborhood.

“We’re very excited,” said Lynn Shepodd. “We’re all excited about what comes next. Generally speaking, I've heard good things.”

Kyle Fischer-Moore and his wife, Rheanne, live nearby and regularly eat at the Village Coffee Shop. Kyle Fischer-Moore has mixed feelings about the end of an era for the restaurant.

“I think there’s something about the old style versus trendier restaurants in the neighborhood,” he said. “Anytime an organization leaves that’s been around for a long time, there’s a concern about history being preserved.”

Ryan Brown, a real estate agent who first started eating at the Village Coffee Shop two months ago, has seen people in recent weeks saying goodbye to the shop’s waitresses as if they were old friends.

“It’s quaint, and it’s kind of the heart of the area,” Brown said. “That actually is really sad. It’s kind of scary something’s leaving that’s such a part of the neighborhood.”

Shepodd agreed, saying she too treasures what the “fixture” and the Papalexis family has meant to the community.

“They’re such a wonderful family,” Shepodd said. “They’re so committed to this community, and they’ve done such a good job, but it’s hard to run a restaurant and a shop.”

What do you think about the Village Coffee Shop closing? Tell us in the comments.

allen hatch November 30, 2011 at 02:29 PM
It is so sad. That was my Saturday morning breakfast spot. Everyone was like a big family there -staff and customers. I'll miss it.
Kimberly King-Burns November 30, 2011 at 04:54 PM
isn't there already a beachwood cafe right next door? or has that been shuttered, too?
george November 30, 2011 at 05:58 PM
I hope they will rehire the waitresses and keep some of the kitschy decor, and not make it like every other place in town. Looking forward.
Kelly McCabe November 30, 2011 at 11:21 PM
I will really miss this place. I was in two times a week, Milton, Miguel, Lupe, Donna & Sherry are the best and I hope they hire them back.
patty&armand December 06, 2011 at 08:41 AM
There will never be another Village Coffee Shop aka The Beachwood Cafe in Hollywoodland! This Hollywood hotspot for nearly 40 years, which was family-owned and loved by all, will be alive forever in the memories of those of us who frequented the cafe on a regular basis and knew Milton the Chef, and the working staff, on a first-name hug. The owners, Bill and Vergie, can never be replaced. They created a wonderful slice of Americana that is rapidly being lost across our country. But The Village Coffee Shop will always be in the hearts and minds of all who walked through those welcoming front doors to dine. The list of superstar names who graced this comfortable cafe is endless, just like the list of neighbors, visitors to our city, guests of guests, and locals. Thanks for the Memories and Thanks for the good times that can never be matched by anybody else, ever! Patty and Armand
Bobbi December 12, 2011 at 01:42 AM
It was a sad day in the neighborhood. I was one of the 31-year-long customers who stopped in on the last day to say good-bye to Uncle Milton, the waitresses & busboys, and Bill & Vergie. I realize that retirement comes to all of us; I'm just so sorry for all who have lost their incomes at this time of year, and in a recession. I am also sorry that Bill & Vergie won't be seen around the area as often. But most of all, I'm sorry for History Lost...

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