Silver Lake chef nominated for James Beard Award; Eagle Rock’s first arcade bar; Pussyhat finds new home



Liz Johnson of Freedman’s, a modern Jewish deli in Silver Lake is a semi-finalist in the James Beard Award’s Rising Star Chef category, reports Eater LA.  The prestigious award recognizes recipients in various categories, including Best New Restaurant, Outstanding Restaurant and Rising Star Chef of the Year. Also nominated this year was Jessica Koslow of East Hollywood’s Sqirl for best chef in the West. Freedman’s is at 2619 Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake.

Eagle Rock’s now in the arcade bar game. According to Eater LA, Walt’s Bar opens its doors today (Feb. 16) in the former Connor’s Plumbing and Heating building. Expect pinball machines, beer, a wraparound patio and the wonderfully nostalgic Connor’s signage, which will remain in place. Walt’s Bar is at 4680 Eagle Rock Blvd.

The Pussyhat has found a new home. The Los Angeles Times reports that The Little Knittery, owned by Pussyhat designer Kat Coyle, has moved to Los Feliz from Atwater Village. The Pussyhat quickly a prominent symbol at last year’s women’s marches. Coyle moved the shop  after her lease not being renewed. The Little Knittery is at 1808 Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz.

That’s it for this week’s Shopper & Diner Report!

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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