Plan to open popular cafe in Central Library gains support

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Central Library Dome Terrace

The open air 9th floor terrace at the Central Library offers spectacular views of the mountains and bay as well as the view into the 8th floor Price Reading Room below and the iconic dome above.

SAN DIEGO — One of San Diego’s most popular coffee house chains may open shop at the downtown Central Library.

The City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee Wednesday cleared the way Wednesday for The Living Room to operate a cafe in a plaza area in front of the facility, which opened just over a year ago.

The proposed three-year deal is with Nine Dragons Inc. — the chain’s owner — which has operated various establishments in the area for three decades, including six concessions at Lindbergh Field. The full City Council must still approve the agreement.

The Living Room has locations near San Diego State University, La Jolla, Point Loma and National City. Coffee, baked goods, salad and other food items would be offered at the library location.

The agreement calls for Nine Dragons to pay rent of $500 a month, or 6 percent of gross revenues at the library location — whichever is greater. The company would also be allowed one two-year option to renew.