Pine & Crane team goes “fast-casual” in Highland Park; Silver Lake’s Kettle Black; Echo Park coffee guide


The owners of Pine & Crane in Silver Lake are working to open a new Taiwanese concept in the former Ba Restaurant in Highland Park.   Owner Vivian Ku said in a press release that the menu at her yet-to-be-named York Boulevard restaurant will be “completely different from Pine & Crane.” Instead, the new location will be “inspired by all the traditional, small food venues throughout Taiwan,” with a “focus placed on scallion bread, buns, soups, and small grab and go dishes.”  Most of the items will be “wrapped in paper and very affordable” with the average tab coming to about $10.  Also expect beer and premium house made teas. Ku’s new restaurant is scheduled to open in January.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • Kettle Black is Silver Lake’s newbie to the restaurant scene. Brought to you by the same people who opened the restaurant Sawyer next door, Kettle Black is located in a former California Bank Building that has been revamped to the nines. Mid-Century dining chairs, 8-inch hexagon marble floor tiles combined with hardwood floors, custom-made iron-and-walnut chairs, Carrera marble table and bar tops and designer tiles are just some of the upgrades made to the 3,000-square-foot space. Executive Chef Sydney C. Hunter III offers antipasti, pizzas from a wood-fired oven, house-made pasta dishes and dolce or desserts. There’s also an extensive wine menu to boot. Kettle Black is located in the 3700 block of Sunset in Silver Lake.
  • Echo Park now has a guide to its increasingly popular coffee shops thanks to the LA Weekly. We broke it down by street, with most being on Sunset. There’s Eightfold in the 1200 block, Woodcat in the 1500 block, Blue Bottle and Stories in the 1700 block, Taza in the 1800 block and Andante in the 2200 block. Echo Park Avenue houses two coffee shops mentioned in the guide with Chango in the 1500 block and Fix in the 2100 block. Semi-Tropic in the 1400 block of Glendale was also listed.
  • The aroma of Chef Marco Aromantario’s pizza at Highland Park Bowl has created quite a buzz, so says the LA Weekly. The Neapolitan-style pizzas come in unexpected varieties. There’s the Pizza n’ Lox – a pie topped with smoked salmon, crème fraiche, arugula, red onion and capers. Or the Uovo, which comes with poached eggs, bacon and mozzarella. Aromantario’s cooking style comes straight from his homeland of southern Italy along with some of his choice ingredients such as olive oil, dried oregano and cured meats.
  • WaBa Grill is now grilling in Highland Park. The California-based franchise opened last week with its rice, meat and veggie portions. It’s located in the 6300 block of North Figueroa in Highland Park.

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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