Shopper & Diner Report: The old chairs, new cooks and missing windows of Echo Park restaurants

Musical Chairs. Back in August The Eastsider reported about the stylish but kind of uncomfortable metal chairs at Red Hill. Some customers had even taken to criticizing the chairs as they praised the cuisine at the new Echo Park Avenue restaurant. But a weekend visit to Red Hill revealed that the custom-made metal chairs have been replaced by older, more traditional and comfy wooden chairs (taller versions of the metal chairs are still to be found at the bar and counter). Are the metal chairs gone for good? That’s not clear but some customers will be glad to discover the metal chairs have been replaced, including this person on Yelp who said: “Only bad thing about this restaurant are the chairs – so uncomfortable. but worth staying put for the fantastic home made pasta and flatbread, fresh salads and amazing cauliflower.”
Who Needs Windows Anyway? Señor Fish has removed the scratched and tagged windows that had drawn complaints from residents. Even the owner of the Mexican restaurant hated the windows. But, several weeks after the damaged glass was removed, the Sunset Boulevard restaurant has remained windowless, allowing fresh air- as well as traffic noise-to flow into the corner Mexican seafood restaurant. New, wood shutter designed to slide over the window openings have been installed but no word yet when new glass panes will arrive.
New Cook In The Kitchen-Finally. Josh Siegel, the chef and owner of The Park Restaurant, won a lot of sympathy from fellow restaurant owners when he wrote

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about the difficulties in hiring a new cook, with two recent candidates failing to show up after only one day on the job.  But, in an email newsletter sent out last week, Siegel said his hiring woes may have come to an end. “This will be short and sweet because I need to get back to the kitchen – we have a new cook that we’re training!  Cross your collective fingers, please.”


  1. I had lunch at Señor Fish last week and enjoyed the open air experience, but maybe it’s not practical in the long run.

  2. any news on what is going on over at pizza buona?

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