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Goods Mart launches in Silver Lake; new Boyle Heights bar in the works; Highland Park waiting for new Spanish and Peruvian restaurants

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BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

An eco-friendly convenience store that sells all natural, organic products just launched in Silver Lake, the Los Angeles Times reports. The shop is owned by Silver Lake resident and PR agency owner Rachel Krupa.  Krupa hand-selected all of the items offered at the store, which range from cleaning supplies and paper goods to $1.25 La Colombe coffee and sandwiches from Banh Oui. The Goods Mart is at 3140 Sunset Blvd. at Descanso Drive in Silver Lake.

Otoño is one of the city’s most anticipated restaurant openings happening in Highland Park, Eater LA reports. Developed by partners Vince Nguyen and Teresa Montaño, Otoño brings Spanish cuisine to the sizzling Highland Park restaurant scene. Expect a late spring opening. Otoño is at 5715 N. Figueroa St. near Avenue 57 in Highland Park.

Rosty is another Highland Park restaurant that looks to be opening soon. Food writer Javier Cabral noted the “Now Hiring” signs plastered over the windows of the soon-to-open Peruvian restaurant on Figueroa Street. We couldn’t find much about Rosty, which has taken over the former Chez Antoine space, but there’s mention of seafood and a wood-fired rotisserie on the new awning out front. Rosty will be at 5511 N. Figueroa near Avenue 55.

Not into Spanish or Peruvian cuisine? How about Popeye’s chicken? Well you are in luck. A local Popeyes franchisee wants to open a store and drive-thru on the site of the Highland Park KFC, which would be demolished, in the 6400 block of York Boulevard, according to information from a committee meeting of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council.  The plans still need to be approved by the city, so you will have to be patient for your local source of Bonafide Chicken.

A trio of bartenders with deep roots in Boyle Heights are planning to open up shop in their neighborhood despite strong anti-gentrification sentiments among some residents and activists, Eater LA reports. Othón Nolasco of Everson Royce Bar in the Arts District and Aaron Melendrez of Salazar are joining forces with partner Damian Diaz to set up Boyle Heights’ next generation watering hole. The trio is also forming Va’La Hospitality but the bar is apparently still in the very early planning stages, lacking a name or opening date.

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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