If you were hoping for a new coffee shop to replace the former Jumpin' Java at 139 Noe St., you're out of luck: the space is being retrofitted for use as an architecture office.
It's been over five months since Jumpin' Java closed its doors. In June, the property, which includes an upstairs residential unit and the downstairs cafe space, went on the market for $1,495,000, and was purchased in July for $1,975,000. The new owners are listed as Morris Kerman (Living Trust), Edward Morris and Elizabeth Kerman Morris; the latter is also a Principal at Kerman/Morris Architects, a San Francisco-based firm.
Last month, a change of use was filed to switch the space from a coffee shop to a "professional services office," and new building permits filed on September 1st show that the former coffee shop is to be converted into "an architecture office." A $14,500 interior renovation is headed to the downstairs space, with a new bathroom, kitchenette, and an ADA-compliant ramp included in the scope of work. There will be no structural changes to the space.
The new owners are also doing a $70,000 remodel of the residential space above the soon-to-be office; work will include a new kitchen and new bathroom, plus a renovation of the existing bathroom.
Kerman/Morris was established in 1994 by Toby Morris and Elizabeth Kerman-Morris, according to its website. Its projects include custom homes, additions and alterations and large mixed-use residential/commercial developments. The firm also develops housing on its own. A call to Kerman/Morris confirmed that 139 Noe is indeed planned as an office space, but the person we spoke to could not share further details.
We'll update you when we learn more about the changes on the way, but it seems clear that the space's days as a coffee shop are gone for good.