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Le Zinque Strives to Link to Abbot Kinney’s Trendier Side

Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

Abbot Kinney’s fashionable northern stretch sort of comes to a halt at Venice Blvd., but a new wine and coffee bar named Le Zinque could provide a crucial bridge to the south side of the street when it opens this March. Taking over a highly visible corner space that once housed a furniture depot, the cafe aims to live up to its Gallic name, as “zincs” are counter-tops essential to the atmosphere of French bistros and cafes.

An old forum at Yo Venice! provides a few clues, offering that it will serve pastries in the morning, sandwiches at lunch, and wine and small plates in the evening, although the posting already misjudged with a 2010 opening date. The liquor permit has just been posted, while a website readies interested parties in a spring debut. Considering the ever-bustling vibe over at Venice Beach Wines on Rose, the demand could be considerable for a new wine bar, especially if it provides a grown-up alternative to the weekend shenanigans at The Brig and those paralyzing crowds at The Otherroom.

Le Zinque, 602 Venice Blvd. Venice.

Le Zinque Strives to Link to Abbot Kinney’s Trendier Side