Some locations attract restaurants that remain in business for decades. But restaurant turnover is much higher in some locations, with new eateries coming and going in only a few years or even just months. That’s the case in a pair of spots in Echo Park and Highland Park that are preparing to once again host new restaurants.
In Echo Park, a small Echo Park Avenue building has played host to three restaurants in recent years years, including a pupseria that was followed by the high-end Restaurant 15 and then Allston Yacht Club, which opened in 2008. But in September, the owners of Allston Yacht Club – aka AYC – announced that they were closing. This week, a story in Zagat says that AYC will now become Allumette, a restaurant overseen by Miles Thompson. Thompson was the same chef who operated a pop-up restaurant- Vagrancy Project – in the same Echo Park Avenue location this summer – the same restaurant that had a $175 steak on the menu.
Zagat does not say whether the $175 steak will return to Echo Park. Instead, Thompson is said to have developed a “soulful seasonal menu” that will include items like monkfish with sour cherry and chorizo, and rabbit with hazelnut tortellini.
Meanwhile, in Highland Park, the revolving door of restaurants is spinning at a much faster pace, with what appears to be the fourth restaurant preparing to open in the same York Boulevard spot in less than 18 months. Eater L.A. reports that Highland Park Kitchen, which opened only about 10 months ago, will become Sonny’s Hideaway. Highland Park Kitchen was preceded by, Cafe Lobos, which opened and closed in less than three months in the same spot once occupied by Marty’s bar. Marty’s was operated by restauranteur and real estate investor Rudy Martinez, who apparently still owns the building.
How long will Sonny’s Hideway stay open? Come back in a few months to find out.