ECHO PARK — Back in January The Eastsider reported that a new restaurant was in the works in the former Sunset Boulevard space once occupied by Nuvia’s Restaurant & Pupuseria. Now, the owners of the new restaurant, called Ostrich Farm, are trying to win support to change the existing alcohol license so they would be able to serve a full range of beer, wine and cocktails and also extend evening hours of the 49-seat restaurant. Tonight, Ostrich Farm’s request for an upgraded liquor license will be reviewed by the Echo Park neighborhood council as some residents have complained about the growing numbers of places that serve alcohol on Sunset Boulevard.
Ostrich Farm would be located in the 1500 block of Sunset Boulevard near Lot 1 Cafe, which hosts live entertainment and is allowed to stay open until 4 a.m. But Ostrich Farm co-owners Jaime Turrey, a local chef, and Brook Fruchtman, a museum executive, say they will not have bands or dancing. They are seeking city permission to stay open until 2 a.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays.
The restaurant plans a farm-to-table menu that will feature locally-sourced foods, with possible menu items including anchovy and burrata toasts, dungeness crab cakes and smoked briskett on house rolls for a late night menu. “Although new restaurants are coming into the neighborhood, there are still very few that serve the type and quality of food proposed by Ostrich Farm at a reasonable price point,” according to an Ostrich Farm presentation. “This is a true ‘neighborhood restaurant” designed by and for the locals.”
Tonight’s meeting of the Greater Echo Park Neighborhood Council is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Click here for an agenda and location information.