Frogtown’s newsy sandwiches and microbrew plans; Starry Kitchen’s tofu balls rolling into Echo Park; the Odells’ stylish ode to Silver Lake



The currently minimal Spoke Bicycle Café in Elysian Valley, aka Frogtown,  has big plans to transform itself into a full restaurant and microbrewery, reports the Los Angeles Times. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served daily and a micro coffee roastery will also be on-site. For the booze, owners Richard Latronica and Laurie Winston plan to serve select wines and their own beer brewed at the restaurant.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • In more Frogtown restaurant news …. You will be able to take a bite out of an Ira Glass avocado melt or a Lakshmi Singh vegan sandwich at Wax Paper Co., a new breakfast and lunch spot that is under construction in Elysian Valley. The cafe has named its menu choices after NPR reporters, Eater LA reports. Wife and hubby duo Peter Lemos and Lauren Behrle came up with the idea while listening to the public radio network. They also said that their menu will rotate with the seasons, however, naming items after NPR journos will remain.
  • For those of you who miss Starry Kitchen’s famous tofu balls, the Pan-Asian pop-up concept is soon to be resurrected in the up and coming barcade named Button Mash in Echo Park, reports Eater LA. Run by Nyugen and Thi Tran, Starry Kitchen launched an unsuccessful $500,000 Kickstarter campaign earlier this year that would have funded a brick and mortar outlet. It also previously operated a few nights a week at the Grand Starr Jazz Lounge in Chinatown. In late September, Starry Kitchen has a place to call home, pinball machines and booze to boot.
  • Jason and Laura O’Dell, the husband and wife team behind the The Odells and Silver Lake boutique Bucks & Does, have created a Silver Lake Capsule collection of breezy silk pieces that pay homage to some of their favorite neighborhood spots, Racked LA reports. Proceeds from the line benefit the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy.

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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