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Friday, July 25, 2014

Restaurants & Bars

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 »

Shopper & Diner: World Cup Watching in Highland Park; Farmer’s Market upgrade in Eagle Rock; and free barbecue in Boyle Heights

The York awaits World Cup fans | Marni Epstein

LAist says that Highland Park’s The York scores big points as one of the best spots to catch all the action of The World Cup. They’re open early for your viewing pleasure and have flat screens as well as a projector to cheer on your team ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Chefs cooking up new concepts at Tested L.A.

GLASSELL PARK — Blank canvases come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they look like kitchens. Experimental kitchen space Tested L.A.  on the border of Glassell Park and  Cypress Park is a brick and mortar restaurant open to ambitious chefs and food brands to rent who ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: A mission for new Hermon cafe; Father’s Day at Atwater pub; and Echo Park welcomes design festival

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Manifesto Cafe is making it their mission to bring a community-mindedness to Hermon. Eater LA notes that  the recently-opened coffee shop is stocking healthy eats and fair trade coffee and tea to typically underserved neighborhoods. Manifesto was actually originally conceived as a job training center and ... Read More »