SouthPas sandwich shop re-emerges in Hermon; casual rice bowls in Highland Park; yakitori in Silver Lake

Long live the sandwich! Fans of the popular South Pasadena sandwich shop Mix n’ Munch were disappointed to find it closed a couple of months ago after long six years. Soon enough, however, it found a new temporary home inside Fresco Community Market in Hermon.

Now going by the name The Munch Spot, the same menu of  breakfast sandwiches, tater tots, breakfast tacos and other favorites are being served behind the deli count. It appears to be quite a popular spot, no doubt weekends are busy with brunchers.

Breakfast, brunch and lunch is available at The Munch Spot Monday through Saturday, with hours starting as early as 9 am.

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In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • Orange County-based The Flame Broiler has just opened a new Highland Park location on the corner of North Figueroa and Avenue 57. The sixth location for the chain, The Flame Broiler offers up “healthy” rice bowls at an affordable price in a fast-casual environment. While the doors are already open (daily from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm), patrons can take advantage of a buy-one-get-one half off promotion during the grand opening celebration on Sunday, July 23.
  • Gobi Mongolian BBQ House on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake is on its way out, according to Eater LA. Although there’s no official word on what’s to come, the new ownership currently has two Thai fusion restaurants in Los Angeles, Summer Buffalo and Summer Canteen.
  • Big Bud Press, a young women’s accessories and clothing label, is preparing to move into a tiny space in the 1800 block of Sunset in Echo Park. The location has been empty since Pacific Tote, a shop that sold $100 canvas bags, closed up shop. Before that, the space was the long-time home of Herb’s Key Shop. Big Bud Press said on Instagram that the storefront is “coming soon” but did not provide additional details. Perhaps $12 pins shaped like Snack Pack pudding will be more appealing to shoppers than $100 bags.
  • Sushi and Yakitori are on the menu at Osen Izakaya, sharing a parking lot with Silver Lake Ramen. The extensive menu includes omakase combos, hot pots, noodles galore, plus beer, wine and sake. LA Weekly writes it could be open as early as July 22.

Kelly Erickson is a writer, photographer and graphic designer living in Echo Park. She holds a degree Political Journalism and writes primarily about beer and all things Echo Park.

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