Who knew that Silver Lake had such a strong craving for raw and fried oysters? Since it opened at the beginning of the year, L & E Oyster Bar has attracted numerous positive reviews and customers, many of whom are left to stand on the sidewalk as they wait for a table to open at the small Silver Lake Boulevard restaurant. But the wait for tables might get shorter – or at least more comfortable – as the owners of L & E plan to take over the second floor of the building and expand the times they can serve beer and wine.
The expansion will nearly double the restaurant’s space to a little more than 2,000 square-feet and allow it to seat 93 diners at indoor and outdoor tables. In addition, L & E, which was opened by the owners of Bar Covell in Los Feliz, is seeking to city permission to expand the time it can serve beer and wine. If approved, L & E would be able to serve alcohol from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. A public hearing is planned for Aug. 1
L & E partner Tyler Bell said they hope to complete the expansion as soon as possible but did not know when the second floor dining room would open.
“We are planning on expanding our dining area upstairs, essentially duplicating our downstairs floor plan, with sight modifications designed to better serve patrons wanting raw oysters and other cold items,” said partner Tyler Bell. The extra space will also provide “those customers waiting on a table downstairs somewhere to congregate other than on the sidewalk.”