Quentin Tarantino Coffee Shop Pays Tribute To His Greatest Actress

By Charlene Badasie | Published

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  • A Quentin Tarantino owned business has launched a coffee shop dedicated to one of Tarantino’s most iconic actresses.
  • The Tarantino-owned Vista Theater in L.A. opened the coffee shop Pam’s Coffy.
  • Pam’s Coffy is named for the 1973 blaxploitation film led by Pam Grier, Coffy.

The Quentin Tarantino-owned Vista Theater in Los Angeles has launched a coffee shop inspired by the filmmaker’s favorite actress, Pam Grier, and her starring role in Jack Hill’s 1973 film Coffy. The result is Pam’s Coffy, a cozy establishment that opened its doors on February 14, adding to the revival of the historic locale that Tarantino purchased in 2021.

Pam’s Coffy

At Pam’s Coffy, customers are greeted by a sign hanging off the building, windows featuring Pam Grier’s iconic face, and a quaint outdoor patio. The interior is a throwback to the 70s, adorned with vintage oversized posters showcasing art from films like Coffy and Goliath and the Vampires. Old-school television sets play VCRs from the 70s. There is also a hidden movie nook behind a bead curtain.

Make It Funky

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Mayra Garcia, who works at the Vista Theater and Pam’s Coffy, explained the vision behind the décor, saying they wanted to “make it funky, like two high school kids are putting together a little coffee shop.” The star of the menu is Quentin Tarantino’s custom coffee blend, crafted by Jones Coffee Roasters in Pasadena.

Coffee And Cereal

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Dubbed the Bold Black Mamba, this classic blend is joined by flavored options like butterscotch caramel, raspberry mocha, and lavender vanilla, available hot or iced. Pam’s Coffy also offers cafe au lait and chai tea to cater to diverse tastes. Complementing the beverages are rotating pastries from Los Angeles bakery Cake Monkey, ranging from hand-held pies and sweet/savory scones to miniature cakes.

Quentin Tarantino also introduced a cereal section inspired by his own snack preferences. For $5, customers can enjoy a bowl of cereal, with the director’s favorite, Cap’n Crunch, among the options. Pam’s Coffy doesn’t stop at food and beverages. It also offers an array of merchandise, including totes, T-shirts, and signature mugs that come with a free pour.

Events And Expanded Hours

Although currently operating during the day only, Pam’s Coffy plans to extend its hours for evening programming and special events in collaboration with the Vista Theater. The Pam Grier-inspired cafe holds a beer and wine license, hinting at future plans to include alcoholic beverages. The business has been a success so far, with lines forming from 6 am on opening day.

Despite Quentin Tarantino’s global acclaim, Pam Grier-inspired cafe is focused on creating a haven for customers who want to enjoy a cup of coffee before a movie or indulge in a mid-afternoon bowl of cereal. “We want it to succeed, and the community wants it to succeed,” Garcia said. Pam’s Coffy is situated at 4473 Sunset Dr, Los Angeles. It operates from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Sunday.

Jackie Brown

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Quentin Tarantino and Pam Grier worked together on the 1997 movie Jackie Brown. The film is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch. It features Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, and Chris Tucker in supporting roles. The story follows Jackie Brown, a middle-aged flight attendant who becomes involved in a smuggling operation.

Jackie Brown stands out in Quentin Tarantino’s filmography for its more restrained and character-driven narrative compared to his earlier works like Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. The film received critical acclaim for its well-crafted screenplay and stellar performances. Pam Grier’s portrayal of the titular character earned her widespread praise.

Source: Eater Los Angeles