Before the Orange and Santa Ana spots make their official debut, the crew at Portola Coffee Lab are about ready to roll in Union Market at The District at Tustin Legacy (whew!). Which is great, since the other foodservice outlets aren't.
In fact, the Micro Roaster of 2015 is having a job fair that goes on through today over at 4th Street Market in Downtown Santa Ana [Note:They also want you to apply online]. New hires are currently practicing pour-overs at Theorem when closed. The walk up coffee bar has adjusted hours in the meantime: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Soft opening (You know, so we aren't so hard on them.) occurs this weekend. Hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a more normal schedule starting Monday. It's about damn time! We can't help but wonder if that was a factor in Peet's Coffee closing over the holidays? Nah.
Keep up with Portola Coffee Lab by tracking their movements at www.portolacoffeelab.com.
A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.