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Living Room Cafe On Tap To Serve San Diego's Central Library

Downtown San Diego's public library.
Tarryn Mento
Downtown San Diego's public library.

The City Council's Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee cleared the way Wednesday for one of San Diego's most popular coffee house chains to open shop at the downtown Central Library.

If approved by the full City Council at a future meeting, The Living Room would 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 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.