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Aaah, lucky number thirteen. Well, here on LAist, there's no such thing as an unlucky number, although there is such a thing as a coffee shop that's famous. You know, in sort of a trendy, wannabe, Paris Hilton kind of way.

Coffe Bean & Tea Leaf #13
8793 Beverly Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90048
Hours: Monday - Friday 6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday - Sunday 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM

If you watched the wonderfully short six-episode run of the HBO original series Entourage, you may have noticed the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Robertson Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard featured prominently. The boys arrived at 'The Bean' to meet their smarmy agent (as played by Jeremy Piven) who was accidentally waiting for them across the street at the Starbucks.

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Here at the corner of Robertson and Beverly Boulevard there's quite a bit going on during the week that caters to the bigger egos of our town. From the movie studio New Line Cinema housed in the same building as the trendy Newsroom Cafe, and the so-expensive-only-stars-will-pay-to-use-it gym, Boulevard Health Club, to the $35 bucks for an egg-white omlet at the "IT" restaurant across the street they call The Ivy, the one block between Beverly and Canon are filled with paparazzi waiting for that golden shot or that golden child.

The coffee shop at the corner is filled with people who want to be that golden child but will probably, most-likely, never ascend to such greatness.

Actors, voice-over actors, B-actors, C-actors, people who know actors, people who want to write for actors, produce for actors, take pictures of actors, sit next to actors, rub elbows with actors, see what foods their favorite actors are eating, drinking and thinking about buying — these are just some of the actor-centric people who populate this corner. But when actors are put in a situation where there are two of the same thing (i.e. coffee shops) directly across from each other, and down the street from where stars and the movies they star in are made... Nobody wants to look stupid, or aligned with the wrong java hang out. And so people (or in Hollywood, 2-dimensional people) pick sides.

While some people might refer to this particular coffee location as "the famous one" and spend a good portion of each day sitting here, there is a gang of others sitting across the street who refer to their location as "the hot spot." Although LAist had never before heard of such ego/actor/coffee gang warfare since The Warriors, it is becoming quite clear that above and beyond the coffee, it is which side you're sitting on that really matters where the R and the B cross.

Guy #1 (at the Bean, with friend): They wanted to meet at Starbucks, but I told them to meet us here.

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Guy #2: Serious. Make THEM cross the street.

Guy #1: Exactly what I told them.

Guy #2: So, where are they?

Guy #1: Not coming.