Issa Rae Opens A Coffee Shop In Her Inglewood Neighborhood

Photo by Rich Fury -Getty Images for Teen Vogue
Photo by Rich Fury -Getty Images for Teen Vogue

How many of you often think about opening a small shop in your neighborhood that everyone can benefit from? I know my father did years ago and to this day his little store is a staple in our small town. Issa Rae shared last week that she had the same dream. She always wanted to open a coffee shop that would serve as a place for not only a great meal but a place to think and get creative. Issa is now the co-owner and partner in a new location of Hilltop Coffee and Kitchen, located in her neighborhood of Inglewood California.

In an Instagram video Issa shared “I’ve always wanted a coffee shop in my neighborhood. Coffee shops facilitate productivity in so many ways, they facilitate collaboration. I personally have done all of my writing in coffee shops. So it always disappointed me that there weren’t any that were Black-owned, people of color-owned in my neighborhood.”

Rae partnered with Ajay Relan and Yonnie Hagos of Hilltop Coffee boasting a full food menu with sandwiches, toasts, bowls, and other dishes, served in a 3,500-square foot, two-story space. The cafe hires staff primarily from the local neighborhood and pays workers above minimum wage according to

Since the shop is already open, the reviews are rolling in on yelp and most of them are great. One lady noted: “This place is a complete game-changer for the city of Inglewood! Yummy food…Great mixes crowd, young, old, black, brown, white…Laptops, cellphones, file folders and coffee cups. You really CAN have it all in this place. Great customer service and excellent food. I had the open-faced (droptop) smoked salmon sandwich…Completely amazing. My kids had the Buenos Dias bowl. It’s a hearty bowl and will easily become one of my favorite menu items. Great place…I highly recommend it.”

If you are ever In Inglewood, make sure you put this coffeeshop on your “to do” list.


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