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Was Java Detour Finished Off by The Curse?

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We thought we’d dig a little deeper into the closing of Java Detour on Santa Monica Blvd and Robertson.

The location itself — what should be one of the most prime corners in West Hollywood, if not the whole of Los Angeles — has been the topic of whispers and conversations for years.  Due to the large number of businesses that have opened and closed at that location, some have whispered that it might be cursed.

Java Detour was popular, and sure did seem like it was going to break the trend. Insiders, however, say the business was poorly managed and even had some checks bounce.

A customer works at a table inside Java Detour before the location closed. (Photo by Ann Althouse)

Rumors suggest there might have been more profitable uses proposed for the location which further did it in as a coffee shop. Some say that two former managers of The Abbey will be reopening the location as a sports bar called Varsity.

It is unclear when and why the location started to go down hill as Java Detour.

The location was operated by a franchisee for the Java Detour chain, and the CEO of Java Detour was often in the store during the first several months of operation, many times meeting with what appeared to be other potential franchisees and other business contacts. It seemed like the company’s crown jewel.

Notes to financial statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission allude to some turmoil in 2007 and 2008 with Java Detour’s relationship with an entity named Java Universe, billed as the company’s master franchisee in the Middle East and Southern California, which owned the West Hollywood location.

The statements mention an agreement at the end of 2007 over some cost overruns at the West Hollywood location, and on April 7, 2008, Java Detour purchased the location back from the franchisee.  Java Detour also terminated the franchise agreement with Java Universe at that time.

We don’t know if the location was then sold to another franchisee.

But regardless, many are sad to see what a lot of people considered to be the best coffee shop in Weho close its doors.

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  1. SuperTallCraig

    July 10, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Well with three Starbucks within about 500 yards, including one directly across the street, I don’t think they ever really stood a chance. Going up against Starbucks is like trying to go up against Google, as in “good luck with that…”

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