GLASSELL PARK — Blank canvases come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they look like kitchens. Experimental kitchen space Tested L.A. on the border of Glassell Park and Cypress Park is a brick and mortar restaurant open to ambitious chefs and food brands to rent who want to wine and dine customers. The roster is a revolving door and the menu – and hours – are always changing at Tested L.A.
Evenings are currently occupied by food truck Va’Ka Burger and in the morning the space transforms into a café with I Do Coffee. Other chefs rent the space to host private events where they test new dishes and schmooze their clientele in style.
Tested L.A. Robyn Rodriguez calls the concept “Rent to grow,” as in growing a stream of customers who are introduced to a brand or a crew of chefs and other entrepreneurs.
“A lot of them are already established at farmers markets or in their own circles,” said Rodriguez, who started Tested L.A. because she is a fan of all things food and wine. “Now we’re giving them a chance to meet the public with more space to host.”
The ultimate success story for Rodriguez’ roster of chefs is that they get their own space and move on from Tested L.A. “Oh well, that’s great for them, but there’s always room for the next person to set up shop.”
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