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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Restaurants & Bars

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 »

Shopper & Diner: Daily Haggis in Atwater Village; books with a bite in Echo Park; Boyle Heights’ best taco contestant

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Tam O’Shanter, the Atwater Village epicurean landmark, will be adding a new dish to its daily menu, reports NBC Los Angeles. Haggis, the Scottish specialty previously served only once a year at the restaurant’s birthday celebration for poet Robert Burns, can now be experienced every day. ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Trencher seeks to satisfy Echo Park’s sandwich cravings

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ECHO PARK –  After about a year of work,  Trencher, a sandwich shop on Portia Street near Sunset Boulevard,  is scheduled to make its debut today just in time for Dodger season.  Owners Justin Foster, Hussein Katz and Danny Zackery plan to offer a to-go lunch ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Apparel company revs up Echo Park; East L.A’s tastebud-stinging torta; new ‘Bigfoot’ sightings in Atwater*

Echo Park, shopping

Grease is the word in Echo Park. Chopper Fever, an old timey, motorcyle-themed apparel company has just opened up in Echo Park. The Sunset Boulevard storefront sits above the owner’s current Sunrise Cycles custom motorcycle manufacturers.  Owner Kosuke Saito notes he’s been waiting five years to ... Read More »

Storefront Report: New Sunset Boulevard restaurant seeks support from Echo Park council

ECHO PARK — Back in January The Eastsider reported that a new restaurant was in the works in the former Sunset Boulevard space once occupied by Nuvia’s Restaurant & Pupuseria. Now, the owners of the new restaurant, called Ostrich Farm, are trying to win support to ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Does Echo Park need another place that sells coffee? Apparently so

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ECHO PARK – Work is underway to transform the former Bear Cat vintage store, which shut down less than a year after opening last summer, into a coffee shop at 1532 Sunset Boulevard, according to online city records and a construction worker in the storefront. The ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: New Chinese restaurant dots Silver Lake’s main strip; Argentine eatery to tango with Los Feliz; & praise for a Boyle Heights tamale maker

Pine & Crane Noodle Co. will soon be serving up Chinese food in Silver Lake , notes  Eater LA. The open and airy locale on Polka Dot Plaza will offer a succinct Chinese and Taiwanese menu. It remains to be seen, however, if this location at ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Silver Lake gay club gets ready for its last dance

The Go-Go dancers are going away at MJ’s Bar as the Silver Lake gay nightspot prepares to shut down at the end of the month.  It’s not clear what will replace MJ’s but it will become the third Silver Lake gay bar to close within the ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Highland Park dive bar to get a “bungalow” makeover

Dusty’s Bar will be undergoing some changes as the new owners look to spruce up the Highland Park dive bar. The Garvanza Improvement Association’s Facebook page says the plan to replace  Dusty’s dive-bar mystique with a “bungalow-like design”  appears to be aimed at attracting a different ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Outdoor-style in Atwater; Boyle Heights market embraces healthy fare; and collaborative stouts in Glassell Park

Atwater Village, shopping

The outdoor style specialists at Potted in Atwater Village are beckoning spring with new furnishings. This season the team of Annette Goliti Gutierrez and Mary Gray are offering “The Midge,” a modern and customizable outdoor accent table. A steel frame and glass tiled top bridge the modern ... Read More »