Echo Park’s Cookbook starts new chapter

The owners of Cookbook, Echo Park’s upscale grocery store, are now planning to open a new restaurant a few blocks away. The yet-to-be-named restaurant is now under construction in a brick building on Allison Avenue and Sunset Boulevard.  Cookbook owner Marta Teegan, who appeared tonight before the Echo Park neighborhood council’s planning committee, did not want to disclose too many details about the place except to say it will be “a small neighborhood place with tasty food.”

Teegan plans to operate Cookbook,  which opened in August 2010 on Echo Park Avenue,  and the new restaurant simultaneously.

The 1,250-square-foot restaurant  is located in the same building as Novak, a new salon that opened in May.

The planning committee supported Teegan’s application to serve beer and wine at the restaurant. The only concern raised was about parking. Parking is hard to find in the area and new restaurant will not be required to provide off street parking. “Parking there is horrible,” conceded a consultant working with Cookbook.

But Teegan noted that her Echo Park Avenue store also lacks off street parking. Most of Cookbook’s customers walk to the store, she said. “We’re expecting the same” at the new restaurant, she said.


  1. I walk to Cookbook and I’ll walk here!

  2. uh, awesome. Fantastic in every way.

  3. There are things about cookbook that wins all around. They’re open until 8pm, fantastic, and they sell the best bread around. I realize that size dictates a mark up but the mark up is one that makes it feel like you’re getting robbed if you stray from the essentials. And by essentials I mean bread. There is something special with what they’re trying to do. Perhaps they can nail it with this one by either delivering incomparable quality or casting a slightly wider net to appeal to a broader range of those who live nearby. Good luck.

  4. I totally agree with you Tom.

  5. best of luck! Park has done a bang-up job just up the block and i expect this place to follow suit.

  6. This is a very exciting development in the neighborhood, and I expect it to be just as lovely as Cookbook. I disagree with the “parking is horrible” quotation, as this portion of sunset is not a bustling commercial corridor, there seems to be plenty of room to park. Very much looking forward to this much needed addition to Echo Park.

  7. Noticed renovations going on in that building a while back, glad to see that happen.

  8. damm yuppies

  9. oooooh yes, can’t wait! adore cookbook.

  10. Amazing! So excited. We will walk there.

  11. How exciting… I’ve been looking for a healthy place to eat that I can walk to! Good for Cookbook!

  12. Wow! Only one negative comment! Where are you EP negative nellies?

  13. They sold their houses to yuppies for a quick profit and then moved to san bernardino county. But they will say they were pushed out.

  14. I actually live on the street and the neighbors I speak with are excited!
    I’m sure the parking will be a nightmare, but it already is.

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