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Friday, August 1, 2014

Restaurants & Bars

Shopper & Diner: Silver Lake restaurant welcomes wine; Mediterranean fare making waves in Atwater; & a blue ribbon burrito in Boyle Heights

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Wine and Beer lovers rejoice! Libations have arrived at Silver Lake’s Night + Market Song. The Thai restaurant’s recently acquired beer and wine license has them starting slow, offering Singha and Beerlao beer as well as a mixture of whites and reds, writes LA Magazine. The ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Echo Park restaurant and bar scene prepares for new players and expansion

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ECHO PARK –   It’s been a challenge this year to  keep up with the comings and goings at the neighborhood’s restaurants and bars, and more changes are in the works,  with new owners emerging for the shuttered Allumette, an expansion planned for Lot 1 Cafe and ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Atwater libations that will ‘bowl’ you over; Boyle Heights taco shop testing breakfast; and Gold at Los Feliz bookstore

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ATWATER VILLAGE – Neighborhood fixture Tam O’Shanter is shaking up summer. With a bet that hot L.A. summer days equals thirsty customers, the venerable joint is now offering punch bowls with their Sunday brunch, notes NBC Los Angeles. An entire bowl of Sangria or Le Fleurs ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Pizza for a cause in Echo Park; Ales for ALS in Eagle Rock; and Elysian Valley gets nostalgic for books

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This past Wednesday, a group of students from the 826LA program tossed the dough around Mohawk Bend alongside the Echo Park eatery’s executive chef to create custom pizzas as part of the “Piece of the Pie” program. The kids then voted on their favorite creation which ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Silver Lake gift store relocation; Golden ticket giveaways at Los Feliz eatery; & Garvanza watering hole officially opens

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Silver Lake gift shop and home decor store Dustmuffin has vacated its digs at Sunset Boulevard near Maltman Avenue for a new space just a couple blocks east. Now in the former home of Sumi’s, the new storefront offers a much more open and inviting ambiance ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Highland Park gets juicy

HIGHLAND PARK — If the opening of the neighborhood’s first Starbucks has residents riled up about gentrification, imagine what they will think about the arrival of a new cold, pressed juice bar selling a 16-ounce bottle of Apple-Celery-Kale-Romaine-Parsley-Lemon-Ginger for $9?  We will find out soon as ... Read More »

Councilman Huizar wants to allow new Colorado Boulevard businesses to stay open longer

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EAGLE ROCK — Councilman Jose Huizar wants to change city law to allow new restaurants, bars and shops along Colorado Boulevard to stay open beyond 9 p.m. Huizar introduced a  City Council motion to modify what’s called the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan, an ordinance that has ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Sampling sake in Echo Park

ECHO PARK –  A new sake and yakitori bar has opened in the former Cortez restaurant space near Sunset Boulevard and Allison Avenue.  Kush Sake Bar, which is connected to Ji Taek Lim, owner of Silverlake Ramen, opened recently without much fanfare.  We don’t have details ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: East LA chile relleno burrito declared best in the U.S.; new Highland Park brewery perfecting its craft; & Glassell Park warehouse shoe sale

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The Daily Meal has conducted an exhaustive search of the country’s best burritos. Narrowing the list to just 35, the site has used a thorough metric approach to rate the wrapped sensation from New Orleans to Chicago to  New York and everywhere in between. Nobody, however, does ... Read More »

Gourmet burger truck rolls into Glassell Park

GLASSELL PARK — “VaKA is going places by thinking out of the box,” says Aaron J. Perez, a Boyle Heights native and the chef behind VaKA Burger. The new restaurant pops up a few times a week at Tested L.A., a house-turned-experimental-kitchen in a residential neighborhood ... Read More »