Monday, October 24, 2016

Echo Park’s new arcade hangout; Crawfish on Fire crawls into Eagle Rock; gift store for gamers opens

Opening night at Button Mash | Jennifer Deines

Opening night at Button Mash | Jennifer Deines

The sounds of arcade games and the smell of tofu balls were in full-force last Wednesday night with the official unveiling of Button Mash and Starry Kitchen in an Echo Park strip mall, Eater LA reports. More details about the arcade hot spot were also revealed on the Button Mash Facebook page, including information about the Button Mash tokens and game line up. On the Starry Kitchen side, a full menu of both non-vegan and vegan dishes is offered. Select draft beer and wine are served at the arcade, admission and parking are free and the kiddos can hang until 9 p.m., adults until 2 a.m.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • Timing’s right for the debut of PWNshop, an arcade-themed retail store that opened at the same time of its neighbor, Button Mash. Developed by the Iam8bit art gallery crew just a few blocks west on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park, PWNshop carries a curated collected of exclusive gaming-inspired goods.
  • The recently opened Crawfish on Fire in Eagle Rock has its customers going cra cra for their lobster-like crustacean cousins, Eater LA reports. The casual eatery, located in an Eagle Rock Boulevard strip mall, offers by-the-pound servings of crayfish, fried baskets, sausage and hot wings.
  • Atwater Village’s dining repertoire just got a bit spicier with the coming of Curry King, IndiaWest reports. Owned by siblings Raj and Nisha Jawa, who are the son and daughter of Kumar Jawa, founder of the chain store India Sweets & Spices on Los Feliz Boulevard, the unassuming restaurant on Fletcher Drive offers Indian and Pakistani dishes ranging from $10 to $35.
  • Behind a great lobster roll, there is a great love story – at least for Chloe Dahl and Nikki Booth, owners of Knuckle & Claw in Silver Lake. The two twenty-something chefs were recently interviewed by Vice Magazine’s Munchies edition. The story tells the tale on how the two met, their long distance relationship, passion for lobster rolls and Knuckle & Claw’s newfound success.


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  1. Good luck to Crawfish on Fire and Curry King in their perplexing-at-best locations.

    • I don’t know about Crawfish on Fire but I was pleased to see the location for Curry King. Friends used to live on La Clede ages ago and I have fond memories of coming to visit them there (before I moved to LA).
      Yes, it is almost right off the underpass but if you look at a map you can make a quick diversion and get there easily. You may not be that familiar with Fletcher but it’s always been a favorite alternate route for me.
      I like the fact it is a freestanding building and that there is a parking lot. Mid-day there’s spaces on the streets (shaded by trees, yet!)
      which I’ll not worry about it not being in a hip neighborhood since I can forget completely about the parking problems inherent in other parts of Atwater.
      I have had Indian food at various places in Pasadena and Hollywood. When India Sweets & Spices opened on Los Feliz I was very happy and although I like the meat dishes offered in some Indian cooking, I’ve been very satisfied with what’s available at the vegetarian restaurant there.
      When I first read about the soon-to-be open restaurant I looked up the street address to see what was there before. It had been a Hispanic/Central American place and I think it was health issues that caused the closure. The real estate listing had all the photos of the place when it was for sale and it was very encouraging to see it was super clean, well organized, and looked comfortable. With everything in place it must have made it that much easier for them to get the permits so there were no great delays–which have doomed some places as they have to fight for permits.
      I like the fact that there is space there…a lot of places have to start small and hope to grow. And in buying the property they’re committing to the area which I do appreciate.

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