New restaurant and market planned for Silver Lake Boulevard

Botanica is planned for 1620 Silver Lake Blvd.

Botanica is planned for 1620 Silver Lake Blvd.

Storefront ReportSILVER LAKE — A food writer and consultant is preparing to open a restaurant and market called Botanica on a stretch of Silver Lake Boulevard that is already home to several neighborhood hot spots, including LAMILL Coffee, Alimento and L&E Oyster Bar.

Heather Sperling has filed for a city permit to serve alcohol as part of  34-seat restaurant with a a patio and market at 1620 Silver Lake Boulevard.  The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Urban Design & Preservation Advisory Committee is scheduled to review the permit request tonight (June 8).  It’s up to the city, however, to make a final decision.

Sperling is the co-founder of the restaurant and a publication both named Botanica, according to her website.  What will Botanica, the restaurant, be like? A job posting for a general manager provides some details:

“Our food is vibrant and abundant, creative and sophisticated, but not fussy. (Sources of inspiration/restaurant crushes include: Ottolenghi, Raw Duck, Moro, Chez Panisse, Bar Tartine, Gjusta.) What you’ll find in our kitchen and bar: all-local vegetables, fruits and dairy; natural wines, craft beers and spirits; exceptional coffees and teas; a rainbow of grains and legumes; spices from across the world; wild Pacific seafood; and only occasionally a bit of meat. What you won’t find: refined sugars, processed foods or products of industrial agriculture/aquaculture.”

Botanica is scheduled to open in winter 2016.

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  1. Having dated Grant Achatz isn’t enough to actually keep a restaurant going.

  2. Mark Snelgrove

    Welcome Botanica! We are looking forward to more tasty treats in Silver Lake.

  3. Please provide LOW PRICES, so this does not become another Silver Lake rip-off. Also, don’t hog the sidewalks like the others do.

  4. @bern Most of us emphatically WANT to spend more if it means healthy, locally sourced, and delicious food for ourselves and our families. I’m so glad these proprietors get this, unlike the outside powers that be at Whole Foods who somehow thought it was smart to give us a downscale market filled with prepackaged and processed “food.”

  5. “Our food is vibrant and abundant, creative and sophisticated, but not fussy”
    TRANSLATION: Instagram food for yuppies/ no substance/ prop food /boom-bust destination of the week.
    Let me guess, the decor will be white tiles, bare bulbs and BS?
    I walk to this liquor store all the time, they’re VERY MUCH still open..
    The new building owner is jacking up the rent and trying to sue tenets out of their existing leases. The proposed restaurant is completely unrealistic and hopefully will never happen.

    Long Live Silver Lake Liquor!

  6. Sounds delicious. Can’t wait.

  7. I am really looking forward to this is intimate, unique and special restaurant to open walking distance from my house. No fuss, heathy, hearty eating AND cocktails? What could be better. I’ve done some research and it seems like the owners know what they are doing. From the rumblings, these ladies are serious about respecting the neighborhood and those that live in it with the goal of creating a comfortable and welcoming home for everyone. As a local, this means a lot to me. I can’t wait to see what these strong savvy women cook up!

    • Hahah. It sounds like you really know your stuff! Quite the local-friendly business pitch you have here. Are you in fact one of these ‘strong savvy women’ yourself? : )

    • ‘Silver Lake is in line for yet another quality sit-down restaurant…’ Where are the others? I just see congested sidewalks and the modern versions of Yuppies fantasizing that they are cool.

  8. What will happen to the liquor store? Records show that Ms Sperling, owner of Botanica is married to the owner of the property. Liquor store loses their lease due to nepotism?

  9. Hi friends,

    I know some of you weren’t able to make it to the last council meeting, but let me assure you: It was special. And by special I mean aggressive and shitty. Yay! For those of you who were there, it’s your lucky day! You can relive the glory on Wednesday, August 3rd, at the monthly meeting of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Advisory Board.

    That’s right, we’re going back! For the THIRD muthafuckin time. How lucky we are to get even more quality time with everyone’s favorite NIMBYs.

    Seriously, though, if you are free Wednesday August 3rd at 7pm we would so hugely appreciate you coming back out to speak on our behalf. We will write scripts for you, shower you with thank you granola, and love you forever. If you have any friends who might be up for speaking up, too, bring ’em along (as long as they’re ok claiming to live in Silver Lake even if they don’t).

    We promise this is the LAST time we’re going to ask you to do this. But we can’t let a bunch of people who have no sense of what Silver Lake is all about make decisions for the future of the neighborhood. And at the end of the day: Don’t you want a cocktail on our patio?! (Yes, yes you do.

    Thank you a thousand times over,

    emily (and botanica at large!)

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