Zero-waste brewery barrels into Boyle Heights; in Silver Lake, gone is a grilled cheese shop & LACAUSA’s Cali style launches

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Dave Hodgins’ Dry River Brewing Company is raising the bar of craft brewery when it opens its doors for business this fall in Boyle Heights. The Los Angeles Times reports that the 34-year-old is determined to create the greenest brewery in Los Angeles by eventually producing zero-waste beer. How? By using one barrel of water for every barrel of beer that is produced instead of the six-to-one ratio that is conventionally used, producing hops that are grown at a nearby community garden and flavoring the brews with fruits that are locally grown and sold.

Customers can join a mail-order club to have the brews delivered since there is no tasting room on-site.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • Grilled cheese fans have until Tuesday, June 30, to take their last bite of their favorite gooey sandwiches at Heywood: A Grilled Cheese Shoppe in Silver Lake, according to Eater LA. Apparently, the landlord did not renew Heywood’s lease, which has occupied the prime location at Sunset Boulevard and Micheltorena Street for the past four years. An undisclosed food business is taking over the space.
  • Malibu-born fashion designer Rebecca Grenall’s label, LACAUSA, is launching her first brick-and-mortar in Silver Lake on Thursday, July 9, Racked LA reports. In celebration of this new venture, an opening party is being held at the Sunset Boulevard boutique from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on opening night. For the past two years, shoppers could find LACAUSA at retailers such as Elyse Walker and Satine. Now, Grendall’s California lifestyle clothing brand has expanded to its new home that carries some of LACAUSA’s best sellers in addition to collections from Los Angeles-based designers.
  • Chef Scott Zwiezen’s Dune has provided a culinary boost to Atwater Village’s food scene, Eater LA reports. Opened since January, the modernized, order-at-the-counter Middle Eastern eatery was supposed to open in Echo Park, but that all changed when the space where Atwater Grill was located on Glendale Boulevard went up for lease. Now, Echo Park’s loss is Atwater’s gain: Dune has captured the attention from foodies with its fabulously fried falafel sandwich. In addition, unlike Zwiezen’s Elf Café in Echo Park, which is vegetarian, Dune offers something for everyone since it serves lamb for meat eaters.

Cecilia Padilla Brill is a communications writer and journalist. She writes news, health, education and feature stories. Cecilia is currently working on her first novel. She has lived in Echo Park since 1999

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  1. I predict many businesses soon closing in the building that houses Heywood. I’ve heard of some egregious rental increases.

    • City Terrace1963

      Good. Keep the gentrification going. My property values have already risen 40% since I bought my house in 2009.

      • I hope your property values begin to drop… after a year or two of tagged, empty UNRENTED storefronts which are too expensive… making your corner a little less precious!

        What actual work did you do to get that 40% increase in real estate value?
        Because small shop/cafe owners work their butts off day and night, making your nearby properties more desirable.
        And they are rewarded with their rent getting doubled.

        End of rant. Blame it on the lower back pain. Have a nice weekend!

      • The businesses on that block are all new businesses, run by young hip people, and they’re doing well. Yet the new foreign properties owners endlessly raising the rent. It’s not sustainable.

  2. Hey-wood you come to Echo Park? Me likey some grilled cheese!

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