Uribe conceived his club, Eastside Luv Wine Bar y Queso, as a space for Mexican-Americans to celebrate their culture, past and present. Built in the heart of Boyle Heights, where Uribe was born and raised, Eastside Luv deliberately erases stereotypes of seedy East L.A. nightlife with a wide variety of boutique Californian and South American vintners, hipster chic wallpaper made from old Mexican movie posters and low-rider-inspired chain-deliers.
With the extension of the Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza due for imminent completion, Uribe, who has a 20-year lease, is a step ahead of Hollywood developers. Last week some guys came in here, we sat down, they enjoyed the sangria and they wanted to buy me out, he says. They were gonna put up a Barnes & Noblethey sure do their market research. I saw that a Starbucks just opened down the block, but Im not going anywhere.
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