After 20 years of working the bar at Little Joy in Echo Park, Gloria Ramirez decided to start her own restaurant after the bar recently changed ownership. Her bar customers won’t have to travel very far to patronize Ramirez’ new restaurant; it’s located right next door to Little Joy. Gloria’s Kitchen is scheduled to open on Saturday in the former Phnom Penh Restaurant, which served up Cambodian and Chinese food, on Portia Street off Sunset Boulevard. After painting the exterior a bright blue and installing a new sign, Ramirez has also been busy sprucing up the interior of the 45-seat restaurant and preparing a menu focused on Mexican and El Savodoran dishes. “I love to cook,” said Ramirez, who plans to feature carne asada as one of her recipes. Gloria’s Kitchen will be open Tuesday-Sundays but Ramirez has yet to finalize a schedule.
February 27, 2015