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.