By CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL
It’s been about nine years since restaurateur Melanie Tusquellas took over El Chavo, the long-time Mexican restaurant in Los Feliz. But now a state Alcohol Beverage Control notice taped to the front window of the Sunset Boulevard restaurant announces that Bel Air-based Omni Equities LLC has applied to take ownership of El Chavo’s liquor licences. It’s not clear what Shahram Francois Ravan of Omni Equities has in mind for El Chavo.
Update: Tusquellas said the sale includes include El Chavo and El Chavito Bar & Lounge.
“Operating El Chavo for the last 9 years has been a true labor of love, but my lifestyle is changing , and it was the right time to move on,” Tusquellas said in an email. “For the next two months or so we will continue to operate as we always have, serving the same margaritas and Mexican classics and celebrating the legacy we’ve created.”
In other Shopper & Diner news:
- Block Party hits Highland Park’s ever-growing bar scene today, Friday, August 28, owner and cocktail master Jason Eisner announced on his Instagram account. Eater LA also reported that in addition to sipping on select craft beer, folks could order small bites, such as cheese and charcuterie boards with a vegan option or play yard games on the redwood patio outside. Eisner, who gained notoriety for his work as beverage director of Gracias Madre and Café Gratitude, is eager to get the Block Party started, particularly since he’s had it in the works since the beginning of the year. “We love our community and can’t wait to create beautiful lasting memories with you all!” Eisner proclaimed on Instagram. Block Party is located on the 5000 block of York Boulevard.
- Oakland-based showroom Esqueleto has officially opened its Echo Park outpost, the Los Angeles Times reports. Handcrafted jewelry, art, décor and vintage kilims are some of the items offered at the sun soaked shop located on Sunset Boulevard near Dodger Stadium. Prices range from $50 for a hand-crafted item to $20,000 for an engagement ring. In addition to it wide-ranging prices, Esqueleto showcases designers who are featured in its Oakland outpost as well as emerging designers such as Kaylin Hertel, Jovana Djuric, Peter St. Lawrence, Donegan and Rachel Steiner.
- Tenants of the Trees branches into Silver Lake with three distinct concepts all under one roof, reports Eater LA. Developed by hospitality team Reza Fahim and Jason Lev, two of the three spaces that are currently open include Tenants, the venue’s signature space equipped with a mid-century cabin bar and a vintage Citroën milk truck that was reincarnated as second bar patio, and Out of Order, an intimate, invitation-only music spot for A-list talent that prohibits cell phone use. Coming in a few weeks is Tenant’s third venue, Concession, a spacious outdoor theatre. Tenants of the Trees is located on the 2800 block of Hyperion Avenue.
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.