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Will fans of Highland Park’s El Arco Iris develop a taste for French/Filipino cuisine?

The former El Arco Iris in Highland Park

HIGHLAND PARK — It’s been nearly three months since El Arco Iris closed its doors for good after serving up Mexican-American food for more than half a century on York Boulevard. Now, comes word of what’s going to replace El Arco Iris — at least temporarily. Partido, which will serve up a blend of French and Filipino cuisine, will be operate as a three-day-a-week  pop-up, reports Eater L.A.

Chef Lynne Tolentino, who has worked at Superba Food & Bread, Providence and Patina, will serve dinners on Thursday through Saturdays as the property  owners, who are involved Partido as well,  work on securing a possible long-term tenant for the space, said Eater. What will Tolentino be cooking up in the kitchen? There are no details about that. But “Partido promises to marry Tolentino’s French-influenced background with her own Filipino heritage to create a dinner-only eatery with room for a full bar,” Eater said.

The new restaurant is scheduled to open next week.

Jesse Gomez, who had owned El Arco Iris with his mother, Angie Montes, said the family decided to sell the property because Montes, who worked as manager, wanted to retire.

Montes and her husband, Gustavo, opened a small Mexican restaurant in the 5600 block of York in 1964. The restaurant moved to larger storefronts on the same block as it expanded and became a neighborhood institution serving up classic Mexican-American cuisine.

Partido will be located at 5684 York Blvd.

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5 comments

  1. But where will we ever find huevos rancheros to rival those at El Arco Iris? The best huevos ever, ever, ever – and my husband and I have sampled lots of them! Wishing Angie Montes a restful retirement with just the right amount of adventure. And thank you for all of those delicious meals, Angie!

  2. Out with the old, in the with the new (at least temporarily according to the article). I always welcome more culinary diversity in a neighborhood that has almost exclusively served Mexican food for the past 30 years.

  3. maybe El Arco family or the cooks, can put some recipies on YouTube? or write a cook book on the favorites, that would be great I know I for one would buy the book. I hope the cooks at the new Felipino place cooks authentic I love the food. and hope they will deliver.

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