ECHO PARK — A new bar and restaurant with a focus on mezcal cocktails is preparing to open in a Sunset Boulevard strip mall right right next door to beer-lovers’ haven Sunset Beer.
An application has been filed with the Planning Department to permit the sale of booze as part of a 1,000-square-foot restaurant with 44 indoor and outdoor seats at 1498 Sunset Boulevard. That’s the address of the small shopping center where the former Los Angeles Pizza Co. is now being gutted to make way for the new bar restaurant being opened by Jaime Turrey and Brooke Fruchtman, who own Ostrich Farm restaurant across the street, according to Eater L.A.
What do Turrey and Fruchtman have in mind for Echo Park’s newest bar and restaurant space? Eater explains:
“Turrey and Fruchtman are actually heading to Mexico City in a few weeks for inspiration on the upcoming small plates menu, hoping to use the booming scene south of the border to help guide their dishes in Echo Park. Primarily though the project will be a bar, which means lots of cocktails and a mezcal focus, something the neighborhood hasn’t seen much of yet surprisingly. Demo of the former pizza space is currently underway and the build-out will take some time — there are plans to actually extend the footprint of the place out into the first two parking spaces and create an open patio, along with room for lots of bike parking.”
The request for a city permit to serve a full-line of alcoholic drinks will trigger a public hearing to review the application.
Meanwhile, L.A. Pizza Co., which closed July 31, is relocating to a new location, according to a recorded voice mail message.
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