Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Eastsider on the Go

Storefront Report: Mid-City Pilates studio to open in Echo Park

New Echo Park pilates studio on Sunset 4-21-2014 10-37-12 AM

ECHO PARK –Whole Body Method, which operates a classical Pilates and wellness studio in the Mid-City area, is preparing to open a second studio next month in a former Echo Park antique store. Nigel Sampson and Daria DiBenedetto, owners of Whole Body Method on Pico Boulevard, ... Read More »

Spring brings a new menu and flavors to Eagle Rock’s Little Beast

EAGLE ROCK — When Little Beast first opened last year, I was impressed. I loved how they’d transformed the Craftsman bungalow formerly occupied by soul food joint Larkin’s, turning the porch and side yard into a lovely alfresco experience and, a few peccadillos aside, I also ... Read More »

Last Call for Poetry in El Sereno

EL SERENO — Readers at The Writer’s Underground open mic recite poetry from memory, notebooks or off their phones. Each person attends the monthly reading at the Eastside Cafe for a different reason. Some are new to poetry and this is their first push into the ... Read More »

Storefront Report: New vegetarian Indian restaurant underway in Silver Lake*

New Silver Lake Restaurant Samosa house 4-21-2014 10-33-06 AM

SILVER LAKE — The exterior of the former Dusty’s Bistro has received a colorful new paint job and a new sign reading “Samosa House Sunset” has been installed. Inside, a new interior is under construction. Nearby tenants say the new Sunset Boulevard restaurant will be serving ... Read More »

Eagle Rock says goodbye to Ernie Jr’s Taco House

Final Days at Ernie Jr's Taco House in Eagle Rock. Photos by Brenda Rees 4-16-2014 12-45-46 PM

EAGLE ROCK — The mystery continues at Ernie Jr’s Taco House, which quietly announced that it would serve up its last Grande Burrito and platters of Mexican-American food this coming Saturday, April 19. Did a developer entice the owner Ernie Cruz with big dollar signs? Why ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Starbucks brewing up its first free-standing Boyle Heights store

BOYLE HEIGHTS — The plans to remake the Sears store at Olympic Boulevard and Soto Street into an upscale residential and commercial center is perhaps the most dramatic example of the changes in store for the neighborhood. But just across the street from the Art Deco ... Read More »

Eastside Weekend: Northeast L.A. gallery hopping; Indian electronica & Forró


This weekend’s agenda includes art and people watching across Northeast L.A. during Second Saturday Gallery Night; a classical Indian fusion and electronic concert in El Sereno; and a Forró dance party in Echo Park. What’s Forrró?  Go to Eastside Events to find out. Read More »

Bargain hunters welcome Glassell Park’s new Goodwill store

Goodwill Store opening in Glassell Park. Brenda Rees 4-11-2014 10-24-25 AM

GLASSELL PARK — “I think we had close to 600 shoppers in the first 45 minutes of the store opening,” says Sahsa Itzikman, vice president of marketing and community relations for Goodwill California about the new Goodwill flagship retail store and outlet center that opened to ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: ‘Wear the Eastside?’ asks Eagle Rock boutique; handmade gift store opens in Los Feliz; and plenty of Goodwill to go around in Glassell Park

Wearing your heart on your sleeve is so 2013. Now you can wear your neighborhood on you chest. Eagle Rock’s boutique MediaNoche  has just introduced a line of EASTSIDE t-shirts from L.A.-based map makers, Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography. Whether you want to keep your neighborhood close to ... Read More »

Storefront Report: The owners of Echo Park’s Cortez call it quits

ECHO PARK –  The owners of Cortez, which was praised for its cuisine but criticized for its pricey small portions, have sold the restaurant that  opened only 18 months ago. Co-owners Marta Teegan and Robert Stelzner did not explain why they sold the restaurant when they ... Read More »