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Relocation Blues

January 31, 2008

Earlier this month, Kokomo Cafe owner Alfredo Diaz was disturbed to learn that the Farmers Market owner, the A.F. Gilmore Co., decided not to renew his popular Cajun restaurant's lease. Diaz, who owns the Eat Well restaurant brand, plans to replace Eat Well's Beverly and Martel location with Kokomo next month, but laments what he calls the "poor operational choices" made by Gilmore (Gilmore declined to comment). Diaz fears the Farmers Market is one step closer to becoming a cookie-cutter mall filled with Pinkberrys and Starbucks. He says sthat Kokomo's new location will continue to be a local favorite "without the nuisance of Farmers Market traffic." 7385 Beverly Blvd., (323) 933-0773

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