Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Restaurants & Bars

‘Gold’ stars for a few Eastside eateries

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L.A. Times restaurant critic and the man single-handedly responsible for making and breaking many restaurateurs in this city, Jonathan Gold, has released his latest list of the city’s 101 Best Restaurants. You need an L.A. Times subscription to get full access to the story, but we ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Highland Park’s first Starbucks now underway

HIGHLAND PARK — A demolition crew is busy gutting the interior of the former Classic Burger  as a “Coming Soon” banner heralds the arrival of  the first Starbucks to Highland Park. The owners had won city approval to convert the burger stand on the east end ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: New restaurant preps in Elysian Valley; Craft coffee makes Highland Park’s Good Girl better; and Pilates party in Echo Park

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ELYSIAN VALLEY — Private event space Elysian is looking to give their business a jolt  by becoming a full-fledged restaurant early this summer, writes Eater LA. The indoor/outdoor space in Elysian Valley looks to have a menu that emphasizes seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients.  The space is ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Highland Park’s Kitchen Mouse takes a bite out of the vegan market

HIGHLAND PARK — Figueroa Street has scored a vegan-friendly restaurant with Kitchen Mouse. Owner Erica Daking made music for a living before giving culinary school a try at the age of 30. She bounced around different kitchens, worked in catering and crafted her skill to the ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Restaurant-arcade seeks to open in former Echo Park shoe store [updated]

ECHO PARK –  Someone wants to turn the former Warehouse Shoe Sale store on Sunset Boulevard into a nearly 4,000-square foot restaurant with a penny arcade, according to documents filed with the Planning Department. It’s not clear who is behind the new venture but the owners ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Silver Lake burger stand reborn as pizzeria*

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SILVER LAKE — It’s been nearly a year since Tom’s Burgers served up its last charbroiled burger and burrito from the bright green, tiled building it had occupied for nearly 40 years. Now, after a change in tenants and a major makeover, the burger stand has ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: New owners for vacant Silver Lake eatery; Boyle Heights welcomes swap meet; and Echo Park and Cypress Park get crafty

It has been nearly a year since things went dark at Indian eatery Naya in Silver Lake. Now Eater LA reports that restaurant group Giant Cardiff of the high concept Fifty Seven in the Arts District has acquired the space. Details on the exact concept and ... Read More »

Storefront Report: New Silver Lake sushi restaurant won’t be easy to miss


SILVER LAKE — The new bright red, wood screen marks the future home of Umi Sushi in the Silver Lake Boulevard building once occupied by Reservoir and Netty’s.  Sandy Driscoll snapped the photo above this weekend as painters applied a coat of fire-engine red on the ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Boyle Heights bar not going Hollywood; new Glassell Park farmers’ market; entrepreneurs get cooking in Lincoln Heights

Eastside Luv, Boyle Heights, bar

BOYLE HEIGHTS — The Facebook page for  Eastside Luv Wine Bar Y Queso caused quite a stir earlier this week when it announced that the Boyle Heights bar has been sold to actor Esai Morales of NYPD Blue and La Bamba fame. While the rumor has caused ... Read More »

Señor Fish gets approval to Super-Size its Echo Park restaurant

ECHO PARK –   Señor Fish will become one of Echo Park’s largest restaurants after a city zoning official approved plans to expand the restaurant to accommodate up to 199 patrons and serve a full line of alcohol. The approval comes as many nearby residents have complained ... Read More »