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Echo Park restaurant duo inspired by Mexican cuisine for second venture

Oaxaca hot chicken and prawns | Courtesy Bar Caló

Echo Park — The couple behind Ostrich Farm restaurant on Sunset Boulevard expects to open their new Mexican-inspired bar and restaurant across the street as early as next month.

Husband and wife Jaime Turrey and Brooke Fruchtman fired up the wood-fired grill at Ostrich Farm in December 2014, attracting a large and loyal following for what they called an “American Heritage” menu. For their new endeavor, called Bar Caló,  Turrey and Fruchtman will be serving up Mexican inspired foods and flavors  in a concept that a restaurant rep described as an “all day experience with full liquor and food.”

Cocktails created by former Bestia bar Manager Jeremy Simpson will feature seasonal ingredients and drinks will include indy-produced mezcal and Mexican wines.

In the kitchen, Carrie Funk, who used to work at Ostrich Farm, will play up California produce and seafood and use her home-grown herbs and chiles. Expect a shareable plates menu with dishes like salt-roasted spot prawns, Tom Kha ceviche, quesadilla with hibiscus flowers and Oaxaca hot chicken.

Turrey and Fruchtman have been working on  their new restaurant for about two years. It will open in a minimall, filling the former L.A. Pizza Co. space next to Sunset Beer.

Bar Caló, will be at 1498 Sunset near Douglas.

Drinks will feature seasonal ingredients | Courtesy Bar Caló

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12 comments

  1. The worst mixture of gentrification and cultural appropriation!

  2. Love Ostrich Farm! Thanks Jaime and Brooke for bringing another great spot to the neighborhood.

  3. I disagree w/Barron. This concept and location is extremely smart.
    They will kill it in this location ( if they can get the parking lot across the street to cooperate)

    • I’m sure it will do well and I’m sure it will displace all the authentic Mexican restaurants enjoyed for decades by the local residents who are being brutally displaced. This is just cultural appropriation and gentrification!

  4. This is great news! I love Ostrich Farm, it has been such a great natural fit in the neighborhood and is clearly there to stay, so I can’t wait to see Bar Caló! Also I really want to eat those prawns…

  5. The name is interesting (Bar Calo). I wish the author had asked the significance of that. In any event, love Ostrich Farm and can’t wait to try the new restaurant.

  6. What’s more local and authentic than a business owned by a Chicano guy and his wife who live in the neighborhood?? What amazing Mexican mom and pop shops is this displacing? Rodeo Grill? El Compadre? Give me a break. It’s going in I am empty old pizza joint.

  7. I’ll give it a whirl as it’s around the corner. Never found Ostrich farm anything more than average really. We stopped going after the second bad meal in a row.

  8. Great, more overpriced mediocre food to bring yuppies in their fancy cars to the hood to take up space and parking.

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