There's no shabby chic at Jumpin' Java Cafe, which opened in March next to the upscale Wine Bistro restaurant in Studio City, just around the corner from CBS. There are no slipcovered mauve or purple couches, no velvet drapes, no crackle-painted tables to park your bowls of coffee upon.
It's simply a small, coffee-oriented cafe that began offering live acoustic music on the weekends just a month ago. It's young, but it already has grabbed a loyal local clientele, including one couple who have taken their evening coffee there almost every night since the place opened.
THE SCENE: Umbrella-shaded tables litter the sidewalk in front of J.J's Ventura Boulevard address. On a Saturday night at 10 p.m., good-looking, twenty-something couples lean toward each other over steaming cups, their conversations drowned in boulevard sounds. A group of friends sip iced mochas and share desserts. A pair of wide French doors are swung open, allowing those outside to enjoy the music, and letting those inside share the breeze.
THE CROWD: Owner Roland Shany, a 24-year-old graduate of Cal State Northridge, says the age range varies. On this night, it's a younger crowd, composed mostly of half a dozen girlfriends of Sloane Heller, a sophomore on summer vacation from UC Berkeley and an off-duty waitress at the cafe, and musician friends of the night's entertainment, 31-year-old guitarist-songwriter David Moore of San Fernando.