When asked nearly a year ago what she had planned for her new Echo Park restaurant, all that Marta Teegan said was that it would be “a small neighborhood place with tasty food.” On Monday night, the first customers got to sample that “tasty food” at Cortez, Teegan’s new restaurant focused on seasonal and organic foods. Teegan, who also operates Echo Park’s Cookbook grocery, and partner Robert Stelzner opened the 1,250-square foot restaurant, which is dominated by a pair of giant, hoop-shaped chandeliers, away from Echo Park’s main drag of restaurants and bars on Sunset Boulevard. Instead, they leased space in a brick building on Allison Avenue between an auto repair shop and an affordable housing complex.
What exactly is on the Cortez menu? None was available today and none was readily available online. But a jobs posting on Craigslist said Cortez will “work exclusively with local, seasonal, and organic produce, offering an ever-changing menu, using only pasture raised meats and sustainable seafood.”
An employee today said the restaurant will be serving dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will eventually be added.