Shopper & Diner: BOGO micro gardens in Eagle Rock; long-lost tortas resurface in Highland Park; Silver Lake restaurant takes the heat for Coachella closure

Reclaimed Micro Gardens. | Courtesy Nick Warnes

By Marni Epstein

Reclaimed Micro Gardens is a new business venture by Eagle Rock resident Nick Warnes. It creates indoor space where you can easily grow edible microgreens, and it officially opened for business earlier this week on Earth Day, of course. These upcycled gardens are hand-made from reclaimed wood and coated in organic walnut oil. $20 will get you the garden, the seeds and the soil, but they’re running a buy-one, get-one special for their opening week through Tuesday April, 29.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • From green to plain old blue in Eagle Rock  as long-time patrons of Ernie Jr.’s Taco House said goodbye to their beloved taco shop on April 19. LA Weekly notes that the family empire started by the parents of Ernie Cruz ( that’s Ernie Jr.)  over 70 years ago with a single shop in Lincoln Heights  just became too difficult for the aging Cruz to run on his own. There are  currently no known plans for the now-empty Eagle Rock restaurant.
  • Fanny’s Restaurant also opened many years ago in Lincoln Heights – 1981 to be exact. The torta eatery, which closed down a few years back, has recently been resurrected in Highland Park reports,  LA Weekly. The small restaurant is serving up tortas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Kris Yenbamroong’s newly-opened Night+Market Song in Silver Lake recently caught flack for closing for Coachella. But even now, after the festival ended, the restaurant has yet to re open. Eater LA writes that Chef Yenbamroong received some tragic news, which has taken him to New York to be with loved ones. The restaurant will remain closed for the time being.
  • Another Silver Lake restaurateur is making news as well. Jitaek Lim of SilverLake Ramen plans to open an eatery called Kush in Echo Park’s Cortez, says Eater LA. The rumors have Lim opening a sushi spot but it’s unclear if they’ll let you roll your own.

Marni Epstein Epstein is an entertainment, music, and lifestyle Journalist and resident of Echo Park. She has previously worked in the film and digital media industries with FOX and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She is currently also pursuing a Masters in Historic Preservation.

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