Thursday, October 27, 2016

L.A. winemaker opening Eagle Rock restaurant


The site of a new restaurant and shops on Colorado Boulevard

Storefront ReportEAGLE ROCK — Members of the family that own the San Antonio Winery in Lincoln Heights are in the process of turning a former Colorado Boulevard auto parts store into a restaurant.

Michael Riboli and Joan Riboli have appeared before the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council to discuss plans to open a “fast casual” restaurant featuring organic items in the 2100 block of Colorado Boulevard  near Eagle Rock Boulevard. The family also plans to lease out an adjoining storefront to a retail tenant, according to minutes from a council meeting.

It’s not clear whether the new restaurant will be affiliated with the historic winery or is a separate family venture. But minutes from the meeting provided some details about what the Ribolis have in mind for Eagle Rock:

The new restaurant will be “fast casual” without traditional servers. When entering the restaurant in the front, you go to the ordering line, place your order, then take your seat, and the food is brought to you. It will have an open kitchen so people can see their food prepared. In addition, they may have a merchandise area where one could purchase a prepared sandwich.

A Riboli family trust purchased the 1921 building last October for $1.7 million, according to county property records. The restaurant is scheduled to open this summer, according to meeting minutes.

The family is now seeking city permission to serve beer and wine at the proposed restaurant.

The Eastsider has contacted Michael Riboli for more details.


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