Newport Hipsters Paralyzed

Yes, it's true. Even Balboa Peninsula's ultimate ennui establishment has been forced to close its doors.

Alta Coffee, home of stunning baristas, live music, freshly brewed coffee and - as written about in Best of OC 2005 - a damn fine vanilla soy chai latte, is closed this hazy Monday.

What could force me into Starbucks, with its alluring T-mobile hotspots and sickly-sentimental soundtrack for the Starbucks-sponsored movie playing in the background? What could cripple the Alta?

According to the sign on the front, "WE'RE OUT OF LATINOS!"

What's closed around you folks?


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