The Ace Hotel just opened in the historic and absolutely beautiful United Artists Theatre building on Broadway downtown (or, if restaurants and not historic theaters are more useful landmarks to you, it'll probably be handy to note that the hotel is almost directly across the street from the terrific Alma). And while this is exciting for those who really, really like the idea of the Ace Hotel as a staycation option, it's also exciting if you're around the area and just need a place for good coffee: Walk inside, and you'll find a coffee and espresso bar with baristas brewing and pulling coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
The coffee bar is operated as part of the Ace Hotel's restaurant, L.A. Chapter, though, as restaurant manager Autumn Accarrino explains, the baristas were fully trained by Stumptown Coffee folks in addition to their Ace Hotel training. Thus the drinks menu here is a similar if slightly more simplified version of what you would see if you went to Stumptown Coffee's roastery and cafe just a few miles away in downtown's Industrial District: brewed coffee, espresso drinks in pretty glasses, bottled cold-brew. L.A. Chapter supplies the pastries you'll see on platters on the counter, and there are bars of Dick Taylor Chocolate for your sweet tooth. At noon, seating on the mezzanine level right above the coffee bar opens up; there's also another kind of bar here (cocktail) in case you need another kind of drink.
Meanwhile, the restaurant just started serving breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m., with lunch and dinner service coming later this week. Thus, if your idea of a meal includes something other than a coffee and a pastry, you can have that, too.
The coffee bar at the Ace is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.