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Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
1:00 pm
Dropping like flies
Costa Mesa coffee houses are slowly going the way of the Dodo. Diedrichs, Ruba, now Totally Coffee. Yet there seems to be more Yard House types of establishments sprouting up.


Sad. Anyone heard anything on the D's replacement, Buon Giorno? Their "coming soon wallpaper" is beginning to fade.
Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
12:36 am
Good morning, 17th street
Big banner on the old 17th St. Diedrich:


Good morning indeed! They don't know what they're in for.

Current Mood: pleased
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
5:20 pm
Soccer Mom Video!!!!!!
HOLY SHIT!!!!! Mark finally finished the video!
I'd long since stopeed believing we'd ever see this done. We are, after all, almost done with the foloow-up album.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
10:13 am
Portland People
Is anyone going to be around the weekend of April 20-22nd?
Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
9:36 pm
Might as well post this here, too...

Some of you hipper people might recognise this as the glass I stole from the bar behind the 17th St Deidrich's WAYYYYY BAAAACK before the owners didn't freak out about us drinking a full liter of Guinness on the patio and such...

What you don't realize is that this is my glass. Yes, we have others, but this is the glass I drink out of. Pretty much the only glass I use unless I'm drinking something other than water, which doesn't happen very often.

I'm totally bummed right now! I knocked a shot glass off my desk (empty, natch - no whiskey was spilled in the destruction of this favorite drinking utensil) onto the big glass that was sitting on the floor. The shot glass survived unscathed. The big glass still has some structural integrity, but appears to be more akin to a deathtrap than a drinking apperatus.
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
9:51 am
Street Names
Ok, so I'm posting here because I don't have that many people on my friends list, and I need some help. I got a panicked call from my father this morning who needs to come up with a bunch of street names. Apparently, I am the go-to girl for this...who knew? Anyway, if you've ever wanted to name a street, here's your chance.

The streets will be down in Imperial County, near the Salton Sea. The property does face a small lake, called Sunbeam Lake. The area is a bit country, so my father had suggested "Haystack" as a possible road name.

I tended to lean toward the animal side of things. Recognizing that people would be living on streets named after rodents, I kind of liked "Gopher Glen" and "Prairie Dog Path".
Please help me come up with some suggestions.

Alley Approach Avenue Bay Boulevard Bypass
Canyon Causeway Circle Close Court Cove
Drive Esplanade Gardens Gate Glen Grove
Heights Hill Lane Loop Mews Parade
Park Pass Path Pathway Place Promenade
Quay Ridge Road Square Street Terrace
Trail Vale View Walk Way  
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
5:30 pm
Diedrich Coffee in the Orange Plaza closes tomorrow
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
4:30 am
Post-Diedrich's Christmas Party
I would like to invite any former patio dwellers to the First-Annual Post-Diedrichs Christmas lunch at Alta Coffee, Sunday, December 17th, 2 pm.

Please feel free to bring friends, don't know how the weather will be on this date. If its not raining, we can surely take up their patio, and if it's California showers, it's pretty cozy inside.

Just let me know if you plan on coming!

Disclaimer I don't know if this will be an annual thing, but I like making things cheezy and official.


Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
12:08 pm
The last night
The old coffee house finally shut down and we had a proper wake. Some people showed up the afternoon of the day before, and a lot more showed up last night when the doors finally closed. I didn't get shots of everyone, but there are photos here of people I never got on camera before.

Goodbye, patio! This is the place where I made my best mistakes.

The Wake Group Shot

Goodbye Sign (closeup)

More photos in this set on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ch/sets/72157594396389485/

Current Mood: thoughtful
Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
12:39 pm
The 17th Street Diedrich ends on Monday
(simulcast to my LJ )

Monday is the last day of the old 17th Street Diedrich. It would be great if people showed up to drive old Dixie down, or something. Perhaps in the evening until they shut it for good?

Apparently some "regulars" including Michael-guy-with-glasses are showing up on Sunday at 3. I dunno if those are going to be people I/we/you like, but I will probably stop by in case.

But I really think it would be cool if as many of us as possible buried the old ship next Monday evening.

Current Mood: awake
Thursday, November 9th, 2006
9:49 pm
So Craig and I are trying to figure out what to do for Thanksgiving. At the moment, our only option is going to the devil...I mean, my aunt's house. I've considered asking my brother (who would rather be boiled in hot oil than deal with my aunt) if we can spend the holiday with him. However, we would be willing to have a Thanksgiving dinner at our house if there were other individuals (presumably, with no place else to go) who wanted to join us.

So...I'm testing the water to see if there are any takers. Let me know.
Thursday, September 14th, 2006
4:33 pm
Well that's over with, then
Diedrich Coffee gives up fight
Local chain sells 47 retail outlets to Starbucks for $13.5 million to focus on wholesale bean business.

The Orange County Register

Irvine-based Diedrich Coffee, conceding defeat in the coffee shop duel with Starbucks, agreed to sell the 47 stores it owns to its Seattle rival for $13.5 million.

The local company will remain in business as a roaster and wholesaler of coffee beans. The sale includes all company-owned Diedrich and Coffee People locations. Franchise stores aren't included in the sale.

All "non-management employees in good standing" will be offered positions with Starbucks, and managers will be provided the opportunity to interview for positions, the company said.

Here's the company's statement:

Diedrich Coffee Announces Long-Term Growth Strategy; Company to Focus Resources on Growing Wholesale and Franchise Businesses

Announces Changes to Board of Directors

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Recognizing its inherent strength as a premier roaster of imported specialty coffee and the positive trends in the wholesale market, Diedrich Coffee, Inc. (NASDAQ:DDRX) one of the largest specialty coffee suppliers in the United States, announced today that it plans to strengthen its two core business segments by increasing the resources dedicated to its expanding wholesale business and by narrowing its retail focus to its franchise stores.

"Diedrich Coffee has a long and storied tradition of selecting and roasting the finest coffees in the world," said Steve Coffey, chief executive officer of Diedrich Coffee. "The changes that we are announcing today allow us to utilize our core strength as the premier roaster of specialty coffee and to fulfill our promise to sell great coffee to the widest possible market.

"With the trends shifting towards specialty coffee in restaurants, offices, and specialty stores, Diedrich Coffee has experienced significant growth in our wholesale business. We are well positioned to be a strong competitor with the potential for greater growth and profitability in the future."

According to Mr. Coffey, Diedrich's wholesale operation has grown substantially over the past 12 months, growing at a rate of 46% over the prior year with sales last quarter trending up at 50% over the same period last year. Third-party sales for the quarter ended June 28, 2006 represented 78% of all coffee sold by the company.

As part of its plan to narrow the focus of the retail side of the business on its franchise operations, the company plans to close its Diedrich Coffee and Coffee People company-owned locations but retain the brands for its wholesale and franchise operations. To this end, the company announced that it entered into an agreement today to sell most of its company-owned locations to Starbucks Corporation for approximately $13.5 million. The completion of the sale is subject to a number of conditions including the approval of Diedrich Coffee's stockholders and the receipt of various approvals, permits and consents in connection with the transfer of the store locations. Assuming these conditions are met, it is anticipated the sale will be completed within the next few months.

The Company noted that its agreement with Starbucks provided the best solution for the company and its landlords. Most importantly it allowed the company to provide its employees with the smoothest transition possible. All non-management employees in good standing will be offered positions with Starbucks and managers will be provided the opportunity to interview for positions.

The company said that its Gloria Jean's franchise system and the franchisee-owned Diedrich Coffee stores are not directly affected by the sale transaction or other strategic changes. "Our franchise partners will benefit from our new strategic direction as they will have a financially stronger and more focused company as their partner without the distraction of also running two company store systems," Mr. Coffey said.

The Diedrich Coffee and Coffee People stores are not expected to transition for several months. "Until then, the stores will remain open and continue to serve our guests as they have in the past. Additionally, our customers will be able to continue to purchase the same rich and flavorful coffee at franchise locations and through the company's websites, www.diedrich.com and www.gloriajeans.com." Mr. Coffey added.

In an unrelated matter, the company also announced today that Peter Churm has retired from the board of directors. The board has appointed Greg Palmer to fill the vacancy. Most recently Mr. Palmer served as president and chief executive officer of RemedyTemp, Inc. "On behalf of the board of directors I would like to thank Peter for his many years of exemplary service and also express how pleased we are that Greg is joining the board. His executive management background and experience in sales oriented companies will be invaluable as the company moves forward." said Paul Heeschen, Diedrich Coffee's Chairman.

About Diedrich Coffee

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Diedrich Coffee specializes in sourcing, roasting and selling the world's highest quality coffees. The Company's three brands are Gloria Jean's Coffees, Diedrich Coffee and Coffee People, which it sells through more than 800 wholesale accounts including coffeehouses, office coffee service distributors, restaurants, specialty retailers as well as direct-to-consumer via the Internet. The company's 200 domestic retail outlets, the majority of which are franchised, are located in 33 states. For more information about Diedrich Coffee, call 800/354-5282, or visit the Company's Websites at www.diedrich.com, www.gloriajeans.com, or www.coffeepeople.com.

Current Mood: awake
Sunday, December 25th, 2005
11:26 pm
Martin Diedrich's new coffee house
Kean Coffee, Martin's new venture, is scheduled to have a "soft" (unadvertised) opening tomorrow. Mary's managing the place, for those who remember the 17th St. Diedrich from 1997 or so.

Who's going to be there tomorrow, and when? I was thinking I'd stop by in mid afternoon and/or late afternoon, maybe at 2 and/or 5.

Simulcast to my LJ.
Friday, December 16th, 2005
3:51 pm
It just wouldn't be Christmas without a Slinky solo
Everyone around here should go see changeng perform at D's tonight with a Kristmas Kaos Show including bruisedhips, godforesaken, genericus, and I think hersheyjumper also.

crossposted to my lj
Saturday, October 29th, 2005
3:34 pm
Anyone know...
When is Joanna leaving for Chicago?
Friday, September 30th, 2005
1:20 pm
Is everyone going to Stewarts show tonight at D's?
What time?

PS There is a kid next door playing Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit chorus over and over and over.
I'm about to get my murder on.
Wednesday, September 7th, 2005
9:54 am
Crack Sunday Gig
This Friday.

Bamboo Terrace.

Newport Boulevard.

We start at 9:30 and end at 10:15.

Please put in an appearance if you can, thanks.

This will be the penultimate Crack Sunday gig, and it should be a doozy.
Thursday, August 18th, 2005
2:30 pm
Basketball/Movie Stars and Carvell Ice
Just spotted leaving the Diedrichs patio, with Carvell in hand, I give you Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, July 27th, 2005
6:55 pm
I hereby dub Deanna "the Machiavelli of Diedrich's"

Girl's got plans for our future, yo.
Tuesday, July 26th, 2005
8:42 pm
We're ON.
Just got the confirmation: I am playing with Crack Sunday at Hoagie Barmichael's Thursday night.

We are playing at 10. I know that's late, but I know you hip, young party people like to booze it up on Thursday nights. Like you were going to get any work done Friday! Riiiiight.

Norm neglected to get info about what the cover is. What a jerk. But for some reason, this is an ALL AGES SHOW. Hope some of youse can make it...
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