Shopper & Diner Report: Pop-up cafe brewing along the L.A. River; Lunch at The Airliner; What will replace Atwater’s Acapulco?

24.7 River Cafe pop up in Elysian Valley/Jory Felice

Cafe gateway

If cycling, walking or kayaking won’t get you down to the L.A. River, how about a cup of organic coffee? On Saturday, Sept. 14, a pop-up cafe will open a few steps away from the L.A. River path in Elysian Valley. The 24.7 River Cafe, located at the 24.7-mile mark on the path, is a collaboration between Cafecito Organico and RAC Design Build, an architecture firm that will host the one-day pop up at its riverside compound. It’s the first coffee-related amenity on the river, said Damian Robledo with RAC. A previous pop-up in the same spot found coffee drinkers showing up the next day asking where the coffee was being served. For now, Robledo says the cafe might show up two Saturdays a month. “If momentum and customers build, we’d consider more days,” he said. Saturday’s pop up, located off the river path between Coolidge and Denby avenues, will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Airliner for lunch? Yes. The Lincoln Heights club and bar,  better known for its its Low End Theory hip hop and electronic music night,  is now serving weekday lunch from 11 am to 3 pm. The menu ranges from cheeseburgers and tuna melts to homemade soups and Caesar salads.

L.A. Times restaurant reviewer Jonathan Gold pays a visit to Allumette, the Echo Park restaurant where chef  Miles Thompson has won over some foodies with snacks like  warm potato chips topped with yuzu-spiked crème fraîche  and salmon eggs and a plate of poached monkfish liver.  “You have left the world of kale salad far behind,” said Gold in his positive review.

The closing of Acapulco in Atwater Village has left a void for locals craving margaritas and and fajitas. What’s going to replace the chain Glendale Boulevard chain restaurant?  The Atwater Village News has heard via the rumor-mill that Claudio Blotta and Adria of Barbrix are leasing up the space. That has not been confirmed but, as the AV News notes, you won’t find margaritas on the Barbrix menu.

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