Echo Park area caterer Johneric Concordia, who owns The Park’s Finest, has won a loyal following by combining Filipino flavors and barbecued meats, with items like Mt. Malindang pork rack of ribs, Batangueno beef ribs and his own line of BBQ sauces, according to the Pleasure Palate blog. Pleasure Palate (h/t Eater L.A.) also brings news that Concordia is now going to open a brick-and-mortar version of The Park’s Finest in Echo Park. Concordia tells The Eastsider that The Park’s Finest will be located at 1267 Temple Street near Edgeware Road in the southern edge of Echo Park.
Concordia’s restaurant replaces the short-lived Far East restaurant that took over the former Matsu, the Japanese diner whose chef is now trying to reopen the restaurant down the block on Temple Street. Concordia was initially interested in the former Dinner House M space but decided that it would be too much work to renovate. It was at that point that the owner of the building offered him the space of the Far East restaurant next door.
“We already started demo work,” Concordia said via email. “We are excited to open up in the ‘hood.”
Concordia, who has worked as a community organizer and events planner, grew up in Historic Filipinotown on Bonnie Brae Street, where he developed an interest in food and BBQ during family backyard gatherings. The Park’s Finest (not to be confused with The Park, another Echo Park restaurant on Sunset Boulevard) is named after a former Echo Park shop called the “World’s Finest Comics” on Glendale Boulevard that Concordia and friends liked to visit.
Concordia is following the lead of other entrepreneurs by holding an online fundraising campaign. He is seeking to attract $20,000 via the IndiGogo to help cover some of the start up costs.