Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Storefront Report: 199-seat restaurant seeks to satisfy Eagle Rock’s chicken wing cravings

By Brenda Rees

A presentation on several new Eagle Rock restaurants included news on what may end up being one of Eagle Rock’s largest eateries, a 199-seat restaurant called Rockin’ Wings.  At the recent meeting of the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee,  Rockin’ Wings Owner Jeffery Miller outlined his dream of a family “comfort food” styled dining restaurant that would be a cross between Islands and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Rockin’ Wings, which will replace a former Filipino restaurant on Eagle Rock Boulevard near York Boulevard,  will have three specific areas: a main dining room, a small bar and a banquet hall. Miller plans to serve a full line of alcohol on site along with a variety of chicken wings, salads and side dishes.

Miller says he walked around the neighborhood introducing himself and the new venture to neighbors, as well as representatives from nearby Occidental College and the local LAPD. One neighbor came to the Land Use meeting and raised concerns about possible trash, people parking cars that block neighbor’s driveways and loud noise.

Miller contended that at one time he considered live music but now would prefer just to install a karaoke machine (“There’s just no physical space for a stage,” he said.)
Miller and his land use team discussed specific revisions with board members before Rockin’ Wings is brought to the full neighborhood council meeting next month. Some of those revisions include:

  • Operating hours for the restaurant would be 11am-11pm Monday through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturdays.
  • Hiring a security guard for Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to closing
  • Making sure that any ambient noise is contained inside

Here’s a quick round up of some previously announced culinary attractions:

Eagle Rock Brewery

Taking over the old Fatty’s Restaurant on Colorado, husband and wife Jeremy Raub and Ting Su presented phases of work they will be doing to create a classic brew pub that will offer a full menu as well as on-site brewery. The couple purchased the property at the end of last year and hope to have the restaurant up and running this summer (phase one); they are optimistic that the onsite brewery will be operational by the end of this year (phase two).

Once all the permits and licenses are in place, phase one will begin this springtime. Minor cosmetic changes will be done in both kitchen and dining area with no real expansion of either area. The couple described taking out some of the communal tables and adding banquettes against the wall for seating.

For phase two, Fatty’s old art studio and warehouse space will be transformed into the brewery. Raub explained that there will be some utility upgrades to the area (drains, electrical, etc.) but he doesn’t anticipate any delays in getting the proper permits. Overall, the restaurant will only serve beer and wine and will initially be open only for dinner, but Raub and Su would like to one day maybe offer a lunch hours as well.

MilkFarm Artisan Cheese Shop

More than 300 gourmet cheese selections will be on the menu at MilkFarm along with other charcuteriere and artisanal-based products for those not lactose intolerant. Owner Leah Park Fierro (former manager of Silverlake Cheese Shop) took over the old office building last September to create a small sit-down dining area that will also serve craft beer and wine. She hopes to open the space (that will be 50 percent restaurant and 50 percent retail) this April.

Food would be served from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with rotating menus of sandwiches, cheese plates and more. Fierro showed board members huge hunks of polished wood that will be serving platters for cheeses, meats, etc. She also described a raised cheese bar where patrons can sample cheese. In addition, the store will sell gift baskets and offer catering services.

Operating hours for MilkFarm is planned for 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. every day with Sunday hours 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fierro also said she would like to offer cheese making classes, “Meet the Cheese Maker” events and more.

Brenda Rees is a writer and resident of Eagle Rock.

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  1. Buffalo Wild Wings meets Islands?? Haha sounds classy!

  2. Where is the location of MilkFarm?

    • MilkFarm will be at 2106 Colorado. It’s nearby, but not the same storefront, as Colorado Wine Co vacated a little over a year ago.

  3. MilkFarm is at 2106 Colorado Boulevard.

  4. I’m really looking forward to MilkFarm and the Eagle Rock Brewery.

    I used to like the food at Fatties but the owners sure didn’t seem to like people very much. Similarly the owner of the Cheese Store of Silver Lake comes across as equally disdainful of his customers but I remember the woman who is opening MilkFarm and who used to work at Cheese Store of Silver Lake being very helpful and friendly. If it wasn’t for her and the other employees I wouldn’t go to the Cheese Store of Silver Lake and soon I will be able to go to MilkFarm instead!

  5. Sounds delicious!

  6. Dont like the idea of Rockin Wings blasting Karaoke Music and releasing drunk customers back onto the surrounding streets every night. Not to mention clogging up the parking. Vote No!

  7. Hey, that area of ER blvd. needs some development. Any responsibly run restaurant would be welcome. Would you just have it sit vacant? Vote yes!

  8. I am so excited for MilkFarm and Eagle Rock Brewery! Huge improvements to an already great strip that we are lucky enough to call our neighborhood.

    I am sure we will never go to the wing place, but at Eagle Rock Blvd and York, it is out of our way anyway. I am sure it won’t make that corner any worse.

  9. It probably isn’t a good indication of what sort of cliental the wings place is expecting to attract if they are already planning on having to hire security guards! If they are in need of a conditional use permit I hope one of the conditions is that they are required to remove any graffiti within a set amount of hours.

    • I would think the security guard offer is a good faith gesture on the part of the owners. Eagle Rock needs to welcome new businesses that want to invest in our community. Otherwise all we’ll have is massage parlors…….

    • The security guard was one of the conditions requested by the Land Use Committee before they could recommend the project to the full Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council. Based on the new owner’s presentation, he seems to want to be a good neighbor who would be first in line to get rid of any graffiti on the building.

      • The new owner may have the best of intentions, but a 200 seat restaurant with a karaoke stage, security guards, and a flowing beer tap is a recipe for late night violence (and noise violations).

        This place backs up directly to a neighborhood, bustling with children. There are plenty other types of businesses that would be a welcome development for this commercial space. Vote No!

        • Don’t sweat it, I can’t think of a single business in ER that ever sees close to 200 patrons, or even 100 patrons at a single time. Safe to say that this place will likely not see anywhere near its capacity 99% of nights. This area is dead, let it inject some life and hopefully liven up that dreary area.

        • PS. Vote yes! (and I don’t even like karaoke or wings)

        • Karaoke, chicken wings, and beer are not a recipe for late night violence; we’ve gone beyond the days of Prohibition, and he’s not applying to open a crack house. One of the other conditions for the Council’s approval of the project was the owner’s agreement to keep the noise inside his restaurant. How would late-night karaoke behind closed doors adversely affect children? And what other business is going to move into a space that has already been used as a restaurant for many years? Right now, that area is about as ugly and underutilized as it gets in NELA.

        • ER Hawk, so you would rather have massage parlors and auto body shops? Your mentality is what keep ER from developing. OH NO! Alcohol, restaurants, bars, businesses! SCARY. WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN!!! Some in ER are interested only in driving business away. Why? What are you left with? Pot shops? That stretch of ER blvd. needs all the help it can get. Maybe the kids will have fun there……. Why not have kids karaoke? Birthday parties? Stop being such a party pooper!

          • I LOVE the idea of kids karaoke. As long as any graffiti is cleaned up of course and hopefully they will have some healthier more cruelty free food options other than chicken wings.

          • Feel free to attack me. It’s a cute, yet futile distraction from the flimsy arguments promoting this potential establishment.

            The false choice offered of pot shops/massage parlors or rockin wings fell apart before it was typed. Case in point, the Echo Gardens nursery around the corner on York has grown and thrived steadily since opening adjacent to an old stripmall/restaurant.

            Also, you guys are fond of lots of straw man stuff. The prohibition and ‘crack house’ hyperbole was good, but engineering a fantasy of rockin wings as a children’s birthday karaoke wonderland has to be the odds on favorite to win the ‘most deluded pipe dream’ oscar.

            What we do know, again, is that rockin wings would have a full bar, a large sound system, that it would close late, and it is located backed up against a quiet neighborhood.

            When folks drink too much, they get louder (not to mention, worse at karaoke) and are much more susceptible to make poor choices (drunk driving/violence). Let’s not invite that element into this retail space.

            It is up to the owner of this space to adapt to the community. Not, the other way around. Vote No.


          • We get it, you live on Alumni Ave and have kids.

          • Ha ha, you clearly suffer from a lack of imagination ER Hawk. Why wouldn’t Rockin’ Wings want to host kids parties? Many other establishments do. You make way too many assumptions about the restaurant, it’s owners and clientele. Can you be certain that everyone who goes to RW is going to drink “too much”? I’m not being cute, you’re being ridiculous.

  10. I think it is TOTALLY reasonable for people who live nearby to be concerned about what sort of business is opening up in their neighborhood. Case in point my girlfriend Alice lives near Senor Fish, which isn’t very far from the Chicken Wing place. The neighbors have had a lot of problems with Senor Fish allowing graffiti to remain and allowing trash to pile up. Several years ago they had to band together and take their complaints to the city when Senor Fish wanted a liquor license. They were given the liquor license under the condition that they wouldn’t allow graffiti and trash to build up. Sadly Senor Fish hasn’t lived up to their end of the deal. For instance currently there is a really gross used mattress next to the sidewalk along the Norwalk Ave. side of the restaurant. Alice says it has been sitting there for at least two weeks now…….When even established businesses continue to disrespect the neighborhood it is no wonder people worry that new ones might not be a class act…….

    • Yes, it’s very reasonable for neighbors to be concerned about the types of businesses that open up near them, and there is no excuse for Senor Fish or anyone else not taking care of the exteriors of their properties. On the other hand, Eagle Rock and all of NELA are growing in popularity and it’s inevitable that new owners are going to take over vacant restaurants and storefronts. What is the alternative to the city’s setting down expectations and conditions and giving them a chance to succeed? If/when they violate the conditions, get on the phone to the local City Council office or, if need be, the police or other agencies. Take a look at the couple of blocks around Rockin’ Wings and tell me the area should remain the underutilized eyesore it is, for fear of the next new business not being a good neighbor.

  11. Whatever happened to this place? Any update??

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