Elysian Valley — Eating out in Elysian Valley means either heading to a burger stand, Rick’s Drive In & Out, or making a reservation for the seasonal and locally-sourced cuisine at Elysian. But now the residents of Elysian Valley may have a third option in the form of a restaurant proposed for a space now used by a Fletcher Drive auto repair shop
The city’s Planning Department has received an application asking that the corner lot now occupied by Mazda Miata Specialist to be used for a restaurant serving beer and wine, according an online summary. No details yet about who is proposing the restaurant but its location at the corner of Fletcher and Ripple Street would put it only a short walk to an entrance to the L.A. River bicycle and pedestrian path.
Update: The proposed restaurant would have 27 seats indoors and another 143 outdoors as well as limited live entertainmment, according to the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce. The chamber came out in favor of the restaurant by Rio Nuevo LLC, saying it would help to revitalize Fletcher Drive on the Atwater and Elysian Valley sides of the river, according to a letter sent to the Planning Department.
“These improvements will generate renewed interested to the Fletcher Drive area, create much needed local jobs and generate taxes,” said the chamber.