Saturday, August 23, 2014

Restaurants & Bars

Shopper & Diner: New bar swings into Highland Park; taste the Eastside in Cypress Park; and burger innovation in Eagle Rock

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HIGHLAND PARK — A new ‘60s themed bar is swinging into the former home of Dusty’s Sports Bar on York Blvd, says Eater LA. Called The Offbeat, the bar expects to be on target for an early to mid June opening. Manager Todd Conner explains that ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Critical praise fails to save Echo Park’s Allumette

ECHO PARK — Looks like restaurant critic Jonathan Gold will have to rename his list of  101 Best Restaurants.  The owners of Allumette – ranked at No. 51 on this year’s recently issued list – announced that they were shutting down the Echo Park restaurant on ... Read More »

Storefront Report: New corner cafe in the works for south Silver Lake

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SILVER LAKE — With the exception of Cafecito Organico on Hoover Street, the residents who live on the south side of the neighborhood near the 101 Freeway have little in the way of a neighborhood cafe or coffee house that  is within walking distance. But now ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Boyle Heights beverage bonanza; new brunch options in Highland Park; and Glassell Park’s Goodwill made-to-order lunches now served

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Boyle Heights is taking aim at the craft beer and rare liquor market with the recently-opened Ramirez Beverage Center. The Glutster notes that this virtual mecca of mezcal and other liquors is a 12,000 square foot space brought to you by the same folks of the neighborhood ... Read More »

‘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 »