The El Chavo change; The Banks bails in Silver Lake; Glassell Park’s Artsy Flea; mysterious man at Los Feliz Starbucks


The 50-year evolution of Mexican restaurant El Chavo in Los Feliz continues with the debut of its revamped menu and vibes, starting Saturday, Jan. 16, Los Angeles Magazine reports. Ceviche Project’s Octavio Olivas, Scarpetta’s executive chef Freddy Vargas and Cocktail Academy’s Brandyn Tepper call the new El Chavo a limited engagement spot. The trio is also anteing up the menu with ceviche, oysters on the half shell and big eye tuna tostadas with yuzu habanero sorbet. The bar will specialize in Mexican cocktails infused by various tequilas and mezcals. Just don’t expect the Dolly Parton shrine – the previous owner took it with her. El Chavo is located on the 4400 block of Sunset Boulevard in Los Feliz.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • After rolling into Silver Lake about a year ago, The Banks skate and apparel shop is bailing come Sunday, January 31. According to owner and Silver Lake resident Christopher Chough, the store’s closure was due to personal and family reasons.
  • The newly created indie bazaar Artsy Flea is taking over the historic Van De Kamp Bakery building every Saturday, starting January 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., says L.A. Racked. For one-dollar admission, shoppers can explore the works of more than 145 local makers, artists, designers and antique vendors. A kid’s zone, food trucks and live music will also be on hand. The Van de Kamp building is located on the corner of San Fernando Road and Fletcher Drive.
  • A laptop or other mobile device is about as much stuff most of us care to carry into our favorite coffee spot. But at a Starbuck’s in Los Feliz, one mysterious man took the mobile office to another level, reports Eater LA. The mysterious man set up shop with his audio/visual equipment comprised of a large monitor, cables, boards and other audio-visual equipment.

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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