Shopper & Diner: Silver Lake’s Mongolian BBQ House watches its waste-line; Eastside Handmade returns to Highland Park; staff and storefront changes pouring into Atwater’s food scene

By Marni Epstein

Waste not, want not. That’s what the holidays are all about this year for Silver Lake restaurateur Christina Rivera. The co-owner of Gobi Mongolian BBQ House is keeping a watchful eye on  the excess food her restaurant does not use. As the LA Times reports, Rivera and other restaurant industry insiders are looking to combat the 30% annual rise in food waste in the last 30 years. Rivera is doing her part, and recently changed restaurant policy on all-you-can-eat-nights. Any plate with leftover food is now charged an extra fee. The policy has left some patrons with a bad taste in their mouths, but Gobi Mongolian BBQ House is looking to be more than just another lopsided statistic.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

Eastside Made

Eastside Made

  • Highland Park shoppers will be able to get all their one of a kind, handmade gifts this weekend as Eastside Handmade market pops up on Sunday, December 8. Racked LA says the market will be operating from 12 pm to 5 pm at vintage furniture store, Shopclass, and will include over 40 local artisans.
  • Eater LA reports that Barbrix owners Claudio Blotta and wife Adria are eyeing a new Italian restaurant for the Atwater Village space recently vacated by Acapulco.
  • Changes are flowing in Atwater faster than the Scottish Stout on tap at Morrison. Eater LA notes that the Scottish gastropub has brought on a new food and beverage team. Stave Calabro  of Red O, Craig’s has signed on as cocktail director,  and Michael Ruiz of Cobras & Matadors is the new executive chef.
  • Lemongrass looks to appeal to hungry co-eds, as the Eagle Rock mainstay opens up a third location closer to the Occidental College campus.  Eater LA says, the low-key Vietnamese eatery plans to sprout up in small, empty strip mall on the corner of Eagle Rock and York Blvd.

Marni Epstein is a freelance writer and music journalist who has also worked in both the film and digital media industries.


  1. just what i want…someone standing over me watching what i eat…so pleasant.

  2. Why don’t they just, I don’t know, not have all you can eat nights?

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