Highland Park’s cheap eats and pool hall makeover; sleek menswear boutique struts into Silver Lake; farmers’ market incentives for low-income shoppers

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The days of Highland Park Pool & Billiards are apparently numbered with the coming of the tentatively named concept, Hi-Hat, Eater LA reports. Behind the change are Dustin Lancaster, Ross Stephenson and Michael Blackman, the same folks who brought The Hermosillo and Highland Park Brewery to the neighborhood (Lancaster is also behind L&E Oyster Bar in Silver Lake). It’s not certain what Hi-Hat will serve up or if pool players will still be welcome.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • Highland Park was Eater LA’s go-to neighborhood to kick off its Cheap Eats series about eating breakfast, lunch and dinner on a firm $20 budget. The three meals consisted of a liquid breakfast of kale and other leafy greens at Bionicos La Palapa for $4.50, shrimp tacos and oysters combo at Via-Mar Seafood for $7.70 and a 10-inch sausage and cheese pie for $6.80 (plus a $1 tip) at Folliero’s.
  • The same people behind Hemingway & Picket, an accessories and furnishings shop on Sunset Boulevard,  have now opened the doors to Hemingway & Sons, a men’s clothing and accessories boutique on Silver Lake Boulevard.  Owner Toby B. Hemingway hosted a launch party on Thursday for the new shop,  which is named after his grandfather’s business in Melbourne, Australia (it was later renamed Hemmingway and Pickett). Hemmingway & Sons is the first and only Southern Californian retailer that carries the detailed designs of San Francisco-based brands Taylor Stitch and Welcome Stranger.
  • Echo Park and Barnsdall Medical Center farmer’s markets are currently the only two farmers’ markets on the Eastside that are a part of the Market Match program, which provides low-income shoppers with up to a $10 bonus for purchasing produce. Vouchers are provided for recipients of SSI, WIC and EBT. According to the Los Angeles Times, shoppers collect farmers market script on their EBT cards and collect the matching script at the farmer’s markets Market Match table, which is up to $10 per week per family. A match on cash is also provided for SSI and WIC recipients.

Cecilia Padilla Brill is a communications writer and journalist. She writes news, health, education and feature stories. Cecilia is currently working on her first novel. She has lived in Echo Park since 1999

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  1. Aw. Bummer. Highland Park Pool & Billiards was one of the reasons I moved here.

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