Downtown has one less place to get a cup of coffee. Kern Coffee House has closed. The coffee, sandwich and doughnut shop closed quietly Sept. 21.
Owner Lee Lao said his lease was up and the new rental rate was more than he wanted to pay. Business had been slow too, he said.
His family ran the Kern Coffee House for five years.
If you’ve been around a while, you’ll remember its predecessor, the popular Kern Street Coffee, with its comfy couches and local artwork. That place closed in 2007 after 11 years.
There’s a Starbucks a little over a block away on Kern Street, but the closure of a locally owned coffee shop is a loss.