Former site of Primera Taza will house Capuyo Café set to open July 1. Photo by Antonio Mejías-Rentas

A locally-owned cafe will return to La Primera in Boyle Heights.

Business partners Beatriz Zaragoza and Daisy Íñiguez –who happen to be first cousins– will open Capuyo Café at the former site of Primera Taza, at 1850 1/2 East 1st Street, on the busy First Street business corridor.

Zaragoza said Capuyo will open July 1 and specialize in organic coffees from Mexico, Colombia and other Latin American countries and charge moderate prices ranging from $2 to $4.25. Capuyo will also serve licuados and salads made with organic produce and Zaragoza said that they would buy from local farmers markets whenever possible.

Zaragoza, who runs the Allstate Agency right next door to the shop, said that Íñíguez, who has prior experience with cafés, will be the principal partner with about 80% ownership in the business. Zaragoza, who is a former member of the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council board of directors, said she recently learned about the place’s availability from building owner Bob Akhavan and decided to partner with her cousin on the new venture.

Primera Taza closed at the location on March 31 after its feuding owners, Chuy Tovar and Antonio Segoviano, failed to renew their three-year lease. Tovar said the decision was taken unilaterally by his former partner and that by the time he approached Akhavan, the landlord said he had already leased the space to another owner. Tovar has since moved his café to a location in the warehouse district close to local art galleries.

Akhavan said last month that a new business by a well-known community member would take over the place soon, and it’s unclear why it never materialized. On Friday, Akhavan confirmed that Zaragoza and Íñiguez will take over the spot but would not give any more details about the other business.

This post was edited and updated for corrections.

Antonio Mejías-Rentas is a Senior Editor at Boyle Heights Beat, where he mentors teenage journalists, manages the organization’s website and covers local issues. A veteran bilingual journalist, he's...

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