Storefront Report: New Silver Lake food & fitness businesses poised to open on Sunset

Two new restaurants – Heywood grilled cheese and Black Hogg – are expected to soon join the growing Silver Lake dining scene along Sunset Boulevard.  And,  for those who may have gained some pounds patronizing the new and existing Silver Lake restaurants, a new Sunset Boulevard fitness center- Bar Method –  is also underway. Click on the link below for details.

Black Hogg *

It’s been nearly two years since caterer David Sutton briefly operated a restaurant – David’s – in the former home L.A. Chinese restaurant.  Now the front of that building is being prepared to serve as the home of Black Hogg, a new restaurant where chef and owner Eric Park plans to combine what he calls “Old World”  with “New World” spices and flavor. The menu includes Kuobuta pork belly tacos, lamb burgers and roaster marrow bones with heirloom carrot salad.

“All the food we offer will be made from scratch, from the house-smoked bacon to the spicy pickles,” Park said by email.  “And, whenever we can, we want to source locally and serve what is best in-season.”

Park, a Los Angeles native who has worked at such New York restaurants as Madison Park and the Spotted Pig, is planning a soft opening in early March.  “I love the feel of this location,” he said of the  Sunset Boulevard storefront near Parkman Avenue. ” It is not in a strip mall or shopping center.  It is an actual sidewalk bistro, a little boutique.”

* Update: The restaurant’s March 1 opening has been pushed back for another week. Stay tuned for a firm public opening date.


Mike Kaminsky, one of the owners of Heywood grilled cheese shop, is also planning to open next month at the northeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and Micheltorena Street in the small retail building The Eastsider profiled in January.  “I’m quite a foodie and one of my best friends, also a partner, used to run a cheese shop in San Diego before moving here and working in television,” Kaminsky said via email. “When we saw the FOR LEASE banner we jumped at the chance to pursue our other passions. We thought, what could be more comforting than a grilled cheese sandwich?”

But opening Heywood has taken much longer than expected – an “Opening Soon” sign was hung in the window last October – after Kaminsky and partners ran into some unexpected regulations and red tape. “There were times when I was pretty sure we would never get our permits and our life savings would be gone before we were even given the chance to open,” he said. But now things are back on track.

Kaminsky would not provide any menu details, saying only Heywood would offer “some pretty incredible combinations” and “the usual stand bys, too.”

 Bar Method Silver Lake

The site of the former Silverlake Natural Food Market, which replaced a long-time liquor store in the small shopping center that now houses Rambutan Thai and Pho Cafe, is now being renovated for Bar Method Silver Lake, which is part of a chain of exercise studios that focus on  isometrics, interval training and other fitness routines.  The Silver Lake center will be operated by Jenn Lacy and Kelsey Riach.  The Eastsider has contacted the owners about an opening date and other details but has not heard back.


  1. I was really hoping someone would open another organic market at that spot by Rambutan… oh well.

    Any news on if/when Beer Bar will be reopening?

  2. Lots of thought there Fellas ! It takes Generations of Acculturation to Establish a Pizza Buona or a Barragan`s Resturant. It takes a Couple of six packs of Micro-Brew, a pair of old smelly Chuck Taylor`s, and an Economy sized bag of Tostito`s, to open a Lunch Truck on the ” Champs-Elysees “. People who`s ears singe at the mention of Gentrification, should stop by the ” Red Hill ” Cafe on Echo Park and Montana for quick cool glass of Lucidity. Guns, Gangs, Graffiti; Though It lack the “Fortune” to afford Class, even a “Ghetto” can have Taste and Sincerity @!

  3. My compliments to you gentlemen for getting through City of LA’s mound of redtape and moving forward! They do NOT make it easy to start a business here.

  4. Thanks for this update! I was bummed David Sutton’s came and went so quickly and quietly. I ate there once during its brief interval of operation and while it wasn’t a meal I did cartwheels over, the place showed promise and I was hoping it would hang around. Instead it shut down basically a week later.

    Here’s hoping Black Hogg’s in it for a longer haul.

  5. furniture store meatballs!

  6. So looking forward to Bar Method and Black High. Both are walking distance from my apartment! 😀

  7. Bar Method Silverlake? How exactly do they expect to accommodate parking in that strip for that plus the three always busy restaurants (Rambutan, Gobi, the Pho place) and Gamine?

  8. What is moving into natural mind on sunset and maltman?

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