Food blogger Pat Sapperstein once described L.A. Chinese in Silver Lake as perhaps “one of L.A.’s scariest restaurants.” All that remains of the Sunset Boulevard restaurant, which closed more than a year ago, is a faded sign that can be seen under new, yellow neon lettering that reads David (with a backward last letter “D”). The neon sign, a new awning and exterior paint signal the work underway to open a new cafe by Silver Lake resident and caterer David Sutton. David will focus on comfort – not Chinese – food. But Sutton said he decided to keep the old L.A. Chinese sign because it had been part of the neighborhood for so long.
Sutton, who has also operated restaurants in Pasadena and Santa Monica in addition to catering, said he spent several months to find a restaurant kitchen to relocate his business. It took several attempts but Sutton said the owners of the Chinese restaurant space finally agreed to lease it out as well the adjacent storefront used for storage. The wall separating the two spaces has been knocked down, and Sutton said it will be several months before his new restaurant is ready to open. He plans to eventually offer local delivery as well.
Sutton said he has high hopes for this stretch of Sunset Boulevard, where Gobi Mongolian BBQ and other restaurants that have opened up in recent years just east of Parkman Avenue.
Top photo by The Eastsider; bottom photo by Will Campbell/Flickr