Shopper & Diner: Echo Park & Silver Lake’s sushi shake-up; cars crash into Atwater, Eagle Rock eateries; Finest BBQ corn bread


There’s a sushi shake-up happening in Silver Lake and Echo Park. KODA Sushi and Sake of Silver Lake is now Kombu Sushi and Sake, with Harry Wan at the helm. KODA’s website says “Under New Ownership,” and directs folks to the Kombu website, which has been open for over a week, according to a post on Instagram. Meanwhile, Jiro Ramen is preparing to take over the space now occupied by Miyako, the sushi and Japanese restaurant that operates in a mini shopping center at the corner of Sunset and Rosemont Avenue in Echo Park. There’s a state notice taped to the window announcing the pending sale of Miyako’s beer and wine license to Jiro Ramen. We don’t have any details about Jiro Ramen, but according to state records, Jitaek Lim is in charge of Jiro Ramen. Is this the same Jitaek Lim who also owns the constantly crowded Silverlake Ramen and opened Kush Sake Bar in Echo Park? Stay tuned.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • Cars crashed into two Eastside restaurants in separate collisions  last the weekend. A black Chevrolet SUV slammed through the front entrance of Coral Reef restaurant on Friday at about 8:42 a.m. in Atwater Village, NBC4 reports. One person was hospitalized. Coral Reef is back in business and has a giant piece of plywood covering the accident site. Cindy’s Restaurant in Eagle Rock was also in peril after a full-size Chevrolet truck ran off the road and plowed into the retro diner at about 1 a.m. Saturday morning, The Eastsider reports. A tweet from the restaurant states that, “We’ll be closed for a few weeks for repairs.” Coral Reef Restaurant is located in the 3200 block of Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village. Cindy’s Restaurant is located in the 1500 block of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock.
  • The Cornbread Bibingka at The Park’s Finest BBQ in Echo Park was named one of  Eater LA’s 11 Must-Order Barbecue Side Dishes. The bread is baked on a banana leaf and is a combo of cornmeal and rice flour.  The Park’s Finest BBQ is located in the 1200 block of W. Temple Street in Echo Park.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth and get your matcha fix at Donut Farm and Winsome, the Los Angeles Times reports. The matcha doughnut at Donut Farm carries the flavor of matcha both in the dough and in the glaze, which is not overly sweet. Winsome has taken the Mexican pan dulce to another level with a perfect balance of the green tea and sweetness. Donut Farm is located in the 2600 block of Sunset in Silver Lake. Winsome is located in the 1100 block of Sunset in Echo Park-adjacent.

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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