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Restaurants & Bars

A scoop of Negroni ice cream anyone? Explore these twists on the classic cocktail for Negroni Week on the Eastside

The fifth annual Negroni Week, a charity-driven campaign highlighting the classic Italian aperitif on bar menus around the world, is now underway. The Negroni is a distinctly bitter cocktail traditionally built with gin, sweet vermouth, Campari and an orange twist, but for participating bars and restaurants and even an ice cream shop on the Eastside, it’s about exploring new ways to express booze-inspired creativity. Read More »

Silver Lake’s Wolfdown restaurant – part of a changing Rowena Avenue

SILVER LAKE — Wolfdown restaurant may not exactly be a symbol of gentrification along Rowena Avenue, since the area hasn’t really been downtrodden within recent memory. But it seems to be part of a general upscale movement in what had been a sleepy section of the neighborhood, in the view of L.A. Weekly restaurant reviewer Besha Rodell. Wolfdown is owned Jason ... Read More »

Echo Park Japanese izakaya joint planning major expansion

ECHO PARK — Tsubaki, a California version of an informal Japanese bar/restaurant known as an izakaya, is planning to double in size only a few months after opening. The Planning Department has scheduled a public hearing for June 21 to review Tsubaki’s plans to expand into the former salon (Novak) next door, creating a 2,014-square-foot restaurant. That would allow Tsubaki to ... Read More »

Frogtown bike shop is now also full restaurant

ELYSIAN VALLEY — Calling itself “the first combination bike shop/cafe in Los Angeles,” Spoke Bicycle Cafe has expanded its menu into a full-service restaurant. Located along the L.A. River bike and pedestrian path, Spoke Bicycle was opened by avid cyclists Laurie Winston and Richard Latronica  as a bike shop and events venue, with just some refreshments on the weekends, according to their ... Read More »

Signs of change at Sunset and Alvarado

ECHO PARK —  Get ready Echo Park foodies, Cosa Buona, which has been billed as one of this year’s most highly anticipated new restaurants, is supposed to open to the public on Thursday. At least that’s the plan for now, according to one restaurant staff member. The new pizzeria replaces Pizza Buona, which operated at the same spot for more ... Read More »

Beer now brewing in Echo Park

ECHO PARK — Beer fans rejoice: Echo Park now has its very own brewery. Sage Vegan Bistro has opened its brewpub in the historic Jensen’s Recreation Center. The micro-brewery and full bar, connected to the restaurant next door, will be making and serving specialty beers — such as a habanero pilsner and a rosemary-beet amber — under The Sage’s Brew ... Read More »

Silver Lake liquor store turns into a boutique bottle shop

SILVER LAKE — Has your neighborhood liquor store gone upscale yet? In Highland Park, the once utilitarian Highland Park Liquor (home to the “Coldest Beer in Town” sign) has been reborn as Tinfoil Liquor & Grocery after a Hollywood nightclub owner turned part of the shop into a “secret deli” and amped up the beer, wine and spirits selection. Now, ... Read More »

More coffee now pouring on York Boulevard

HIGHLAND PARK —   The neighborhood’s newest coffee house was serving up its first coffee drinks and waffles this morning in a tiny storefront on York Boulevard. Collage Coffee joins several other existing and planned coffee shops on York Boulevard — including Cafe De Leche and the Highland Cafe, which are a block away, and two Starbucks. At Collage, where ... Read More »