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Coffee Shop Owner Says Road Diets are Starving Businesses to Death



A local coffee shop owner is blaming L.A.’s controversial traffic “calming” plans for killing area businesses.

Owner Demetrios Mavromichalis says his Venice Grind is one of at least twenty other businesses in the area to shutter over the past 17 months. He blames the closures on the “road diet” imposed by L.A. on a nearly mile stretch of Venice Boulevard and vows to stop it.

”We’re going after them. I told you the big lawsuits are coming. We might lose our businesses or these little individual battles, but this war is not over yet.”

Championed by City Councilmember Mike Bonin, car lanes were replaced in each direction with protected bike lanes. Mavromichalis is not a fan.

“Mr. ‘Bonehead’ Bonin thinks he’s gonna become the next mayor, not if I can help it. And I know I’m just a small guy, but our voices resonate.”

Demetrios Mavromichalis was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.


By Christina Kelley, KABC News