I loved The Temescal Cafe, filthy beast that it was. (Really, it was clean but felt well-used.) Very good food at very reasonable prices served by a friendly staff. You could hang out at the cafe.
It's been washed and the counters were given an update with new wood. Lots of brushed chrome in here. Altogether it looks good, but is a little soul-less, perhaps as many new eateries are these days. The owners are on site; I
talked to Armando who was out front offering tastings of sangria (looked good but I have to pass for another five months).
I've been in twice now to do some grading. Hours are limited: the place closes at 5pm. A space for food, art, and friends that closes at 5pm? I know there are kinks to work out, but come on! I offered my students' art (on another post shortly) but I think the idea freaked them out a little. No worries from my end, but I thought something needs to breath a little life into the joint.