ECHO PARK — Residents are now able to get a closer look at two, soon-to-open restaurants after the plywood barriers were removed from the front of the separate projects.
On Sunset Boulevard just west of Echo Park Avenue, a shiny new kitchen and counters are on full display in the glass box that is Dinette. Restaurateur Gareth Kantner, who owns Cafe Stella in Silver Lake, said his Echo Park restaurant is about three weeks away from opening. Expect sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, salads, coffee drinks and specialty sodas to be served out of the small space that once housed the Sunset Snack stand.
Kantner purchased the property last year, with plans to open a second, much larger restaurant in the discount store next door at a future date.
Meanwhile, about a block east on Sunset Boulevard, the large windows of Ostrich Farm reveal an all-white interior (not sure if that plywood will go back up at the end of the day). Ostrich Farm co-owners Jaime Turrey, a local chef, and Brook Fruchtman, a museum executive, have not said when they expect to open their place. The owners had previously said Ostrich Farm will feature a farm-to-table menu with locally-sourced foods.