Monday, October 24, 2016

Tiki-Ti bar closes for now; stationery shop to debut in Echo Park; Boyle Heights cafe features vegetarian items; will Silver Lake vegans go for Moby’s cauliflower steak?

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Chants of “ooga booga” and “toro, toro, toro” at the Polynesian-styled Tiki-Ti bar in Los Feliz have unexpectedly ceased, at least for now. The Facebook page of the legendary bar posted: “The Tiki-Ti is indefinitely closed. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will keep you posted on when we plan to reopen.”

In a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times, Tiki-Ti owner Mike Buhen said, “We’re taking some time, doing some restructuring and stuff.” It is undetermined when the tiny bar would reopen.

Buhen’s father, Ray, opened the Tiki-Ti in 1961. Located on Sunset Boulevard, the Tiki-Ti was one of the only bars in California where smoking was allowed indoors since it was an owner-operated business with no employees.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • LA Eater  got more details about the organic vegan restaurant that  music artist Moby is planning to open this summer on Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake. Food Network host Anne Thorton will serve as top chef for Little Pine, where the menu will include items like  lemon mint pea pâté, mushroom leek pot pie and cauliflower steak. The 1,500-square foot restaurant space was previously occupied by Silver Take, a restaurant that never opened despite years of construction and preparation.
  • Pity the vegetarians and vegans of Boyle Heights, the land of birria and tacos al pastor.  But Un Solo Sol Kitchen is making a name for itself as one of the few neighborhood restaurants focused on vegetarian and vegan dishes, Boyle Heights Beat reports. Located on East First Street, the small restaurant is owned by Carlos Ortez, a vegetarian himself. Un Solo Sol Kitchen offers international foods – from Mexican-American to Iranian fare – created to  appeal to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

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  1. Well thank goodness that stationary store accepts Diners Club.

  2. I’ve had a store in the area have personally known dozens of shop owners including several on that block. This might sound mean but it’s the advice I would give my own sister. You will absolutely not make money in that location with that rent on a gift store.. If you don’t have the money to loose get out while you can. You might be thinking you can beat the odds and that its just nay Sayers wishing you I’ll but as someone who wishes all good luck, I’m telling you it’s simple math you won’t make money and the kindest thing you could do for yourself is bail and find a better situation.

    • Tamara Houghten

      Unfortunately the articles on this site all include quite a hefty overestimate of what the rent is for the space. I appreciate any advice however and hope you will come by sometime after we are open! Always happy to hear from those who have also owned shops in the area!

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