Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Restaurants & Bars

Storefront Report: Signs of change at Mr. T’s Bowl in Highland Park

Back in November The Eastsider reported that the Figueroa Street building that houses Mr. T’s Bowl & Nightclub, a former Highland Park bowling alley turned nightspot, was up for sale at an asking price of $3.25 million. The sales listing is no longer active and it’s ... Read More »

Complaints brewing over Silver Lake bars and alcohol licenses

Silver Lake’s bar and restaurant scene keeps attracting new players, patrons – and problems. The complaints and issues related to businesses that serve alcohol popped up at two recent neighborhood meetings, with residents as well as some business owners voicing concerns about rowdy bar patrons, the ... Read More »

Pan Dulce or Doughnut? East L.A. bakery satisfies your craving for both with Payasos

Open since 1949, El Gallo Bakery is an East L.A. tradition. Mention the famed panaderia to anyone who grew up in the neighborhood, and you’re sure to hear one word over and over: “payaso.” If you’ve ever had a Payaso, you understand why, and if you ... Read More »

Highland Park soda shop lets customers get creative with custom-made pop


Galco’s Old World Grocery is one of York Boulevard’s oldest businesses, and its staying power isn’t a mystery. The Highland Park shop sell a million different types of soda—okay actually about 500—from all over the world, old-timey candies and even a nice selection of beer. Plus, a ... Read More »

What’s going on at the former Barragan’s in Echo Park?

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The question has been asked a lot since the longtime Echo Park Mexican restaurant closed in December after the Barragan family sold the Sunset Boulevard location (the Barragan’s in Burbank and Glendale remain open).  A new beer and wine license was issued this month for The ... Read More »

Auntie Em’s serves up a ham & cheese sandwich you can’t ignore

I’m not really a ham and cheese kind of girl. I like a good turkey or veggie sandwich for everyday and maybe an Italian sub when I feel like going for it, but I barely give a passing glance to ham and cheese on a menu. The fact ... Read More »

Brooklyn pizzeria owner might steer clear of York Boulevard*

Italiano’s Pizza has left behind its York Boulevard  storefront, with the Highland Park pizza parlor focusing operations on its remaining store on Figueroa.  What’s going into that York Boulevard space? Not Paulie Gee’s, the well-regarded Brooklyn pizzeria owned by Paul Gianonne.  Gianonne last month said he ... Read More »

Proposed Echo Park video arcade-restaurant moves on while councilman moves in

The video game enthusiasts who wanted to open up a combination  restaurant-bar-arcade in a former Echo Park laundromat have given up on the Sunset Boulevard storefront, setting their sights on a different location. So, what’s going into the former Laundromat on Sunset?  Councilman Mitch O’Farrell wants ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Yuca’s unveils breakfast menu; craft cocktails dance into Los Feliz’s Cheetahs; Highland Park yoga specials; and Pizza Pie and half-price wine in SIlver Lake

Mexican eatery Yuca’s has made a New Year’s resolution of its own in 2014.  Eater LA says the Los Feliz location is offering a new breakfast menu that includes a  twice-fried bacon burrito and Huevos Motuleños. You’ve probably already given up on your own resolution for ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Silver Lake home of Tang’s Donut looking for a new tenant

Where have the doughnut-loving chess players and cyclists who used to hang out at Tang’s Donut  go after the Silver Lake shop closed? A “For Lease” sign has gone up in the window of the Sunset Boulevard storefront, where a chess and backgammon match always seemed ... Read More »