Latte Mi Corazon, the Sherman Heights coffee shop and community hub that closed last month after being found in violation of zoning requirements, is back in business — sort of.

Plans for a permanent location are still percolating, but on Thursday, the coffee shop’s owners will open a temporary coffee cart at the nearby Sherman Heights Community Center. They hope to recapture at least some of the neighborhood vibe that made Latte Mi Corazon a popular gathering spot in the largely Latino, working-class neighborhood.

After seven years operating near the corner of Imperial Avenue and 25th Street, the shop closed last month when city code compliance officers told its owners they were violating city code by operating the business on the same piece of land as a residential home.

Jerry Guzman-Vergara and Ricardo Medina, the shop’s owners, said the cost of bringing it into compliance was too expensive, and that the money would be better invested in a new location.

The “coffee carrito,” as the owners have called it, will be transitional. It’ll allow the business to continue generating revenue its owners will use to open up a permanent spot on Imperial Avenue, which cuts across Greater Logan Heights but sports many boarded-up storefronts.

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Adrian Florido is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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