Friday, October 28, 2016

Blue Bottle opens in Echo Park this weekend; Frogtown’s Good Eggs takes a beating; Alfred Coffee sets its grounds in Silver Lake

Blue Bottle’s new Echo Park cafe. | Merrick Morton


Photo by Mary Austin-Klein

Photo by Mary Austin-Klein

Fans of Blue Bottle Coffee got a preview today of the company’s sleek and spare new coffee house in Echo Park’s historic Jensen Recreation Center. The Sunset Boulevard shop, which also serves pastries, waffles and other light fare, is expected to officially open on Satuday,  increasing competition in a neighborhood with no shortage of coffee houses. In fact, there are three other existing coffee places on Sunset Boulevard alone.  But, after raising more than $100 million from investors, Blue Bottle probably has the resources to hold its own in the crowded coffee scene.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • Say good-bye to Good Eggs, a San Francisco-based online grocery store that set up shop in Elysian Valley, aka Frogtown in 2013, reports Eater LA.  In a letter addressed to the “LA Community” on the Good Eggs website, co-founders Rob Spiro and Alon Salant announced that operations ceased in Los Angeles on August 5 because they “didn’t fully anticipate the challenge” and they “made a mistake in expanding as quickly as we did.” Eater LA further reported that the brand ran into permit snags with the city, which forced it to shut down for a few months earlier in the year. Los Angeles was not the only city to take a hit – Good Eggs also said good-bye to Brooklyn and New Orleans. Business will continue in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • Black Hogg in Silver Lake is “taking a break” with its last day of service on Sunday, August 9, Chef Eric Park announced on the restaurant’s website. The family man said that he plans to spend more time with his wife and two children. According to Eater LA, Park’s  Ohana Poké Co. concept, now open Downtown,  is what’s coming to the Sunset Boulevard space. But Sopressata, Clark’s  lunchtime sandwich shop located in the Black Hogg space, will remain open.
  • Josh Zad and his Alfred Coffee boutique are quickly setting its grounds where Heywood Grilled Cheese in Silver Lake existed just six weeks ago, Eater LA reported. Zad and his crew have been busy revamping the space for its grand opening on Monday, August 24. Patio seating, an ADA compliant counter and a few other tweaks are in the works. Alfred Coffee is located at the 3300 block of Sunset Boulevard.

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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