ELYSIAN HEIGHTS — One of the most asked questions around the neighborhood during the past few months has been, “What’s going to replace Fix Coffee”? There’s finally an answer: Australian restaurant owners Bonnie Shearston and Tom Sanceau are taking over the space.
After opening half a dozen restaurants, bars and pubs in Australia under their HappyFat Group, the business partners are taking a big leap by opening their newest restaurant at the corner of Echo Park Avenue and Baxter Street, where Fix Coffee closed in March.
“The HappyFat duo will oversee operations, commuting between L.A. and Brisbane for the foreseeable future,” said a company statement. “However, they will be feeding into a local, dynamic team lead by Australian Chef, Alison Trent.”
Trent has worked in the kitchens of several high-end restaurants, including Providence, Bouchon Beverly Hills and the French Laundry. The restaurant is to be called Pollen, says the Brisbane Broadsheet.
No word yet about the menu. But Shearston told The Eastsider that the restaurant will be starting with breakfast and lunch seven days a week. “We are waiting for our beer and wine license to be approved, once it has been we will definitely be opening for dinners, too,” Shearston said in an email.
The new restaurant is scheduled to open in December.
The Australian restaurant operators will be taking over the only cafe located in the overwhelmingly residential Elysian Heights section of Echo Park.
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