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Eastside’s best breweries; more music and food in Highland Park; more visibility for El Cid

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BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

Frogtown Brewery in Elysian Valley is celebrating its one-year anniversary all weekend long. Expect food trucks, live music, a Shepard Fairey Art Takeover and the can release of two of Frogtown Brewery’s most popular beers. The event happens Saturday, Sept. 30 from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 1 from noon to 8 p.m. Frogtown Brewery is located in the 2900 block of Gilroy Street in Frogtown.

More Shopper & Diner News:

  • Speaking of breweries, DoLA released its list of the city’s Best Breweries and Tap Rooms. The Eastside definitely had a presence on the list. Frogtown Brewery was named a “local gem.” Highland Park Brewery received a nod for its “unique processes and wacky microbes.” And Eagle Rock Brewery for “never compromising quality for quantity.” Highland Park Brewery is located in the 5100 block of York Boulevard. Eagle Rock Brewery is located in the 3000 block of Roswell Street in Eagle Rock.
  • It’s been more than a year since the new owners of Highland Park’s historic Masonic Temple unveiled plans to open a new music venue and restaurant in the brick landmark. Those plans are coming to fruition this fall with the opening of the 500-person-capacity Lodge Room and Checker Hall, a “New American restaurant” overlooking Figueroa Street, according to an email announcing the opening. Some shows have already been booked for second-floor Lodge Room in December but no word yet on menu details at Checker Hall.
  • We now know what’s replacing Fix Coffee in Elysian Heights: Australian restaurant owners Bonnie Shearston and Tom Sanceau are taking over the space at Echo Park Avenue and Baxter Street, where Fix Coffee closed in March. The Eastsider reported that Australian Chef Alison Trent, who has worked at such high-end restaurants as Providence, the French Laundry and Bouchon Beverly Hills, will be running the place. The owners have filed for a city permit to sell alcohol on the premises, which will trigger the need for a public hearing.
  •  El Cid is raising its neighborhood profile by knocking down a wall, Eater LA reports. Pedestrians passing by on the sidewalk will soon be able to look down at the classic Spanish restaurant, which is nestled on the bottom of a hill that runs along Sunset Boulevard, instead of just being able to see the street view of its old school façade. According to Ben Sharp, El Cid’s general manager, the increased visibility is a way for El Cid to build a stronger connection with Silver Lake and serve as “a window to the rest of the neighborhood.” El Cid is located in the 4200 block of W. Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake.
  • Apparently the owners of Four Café in Eagle Rock didn’t want to stray too far when it came to opening a second restaurant. They are working on opening a new place, Ember & Peel, right across the street from their Colorado Boulevard restaurant, says The Eastsider. Meanwhile, in the space next door, Eater L.A. reports that a craft distillery and restaurant is in the works.
  • Boyle Heights bookseller and lending library Libros Schmibros is planning to leave behind its narrow storefront and move across Mariachi Plaza and into the historic Boyle Hotel, the bookstore said on Twitter. Expect more details soon.
  • Two more Eastside restaurants made it on L.A. Weekly’s list of Best Restaurants. The Best of Los Angeles issue, which hits newsstands on Oct. 5,  showcases a pair of Silver Lake  spots: – Night + Market Song and Alimento. Night + Market Song came in at number 13 and Alimento took the number seven spot. Night + Market Song is located in the 3300 block of W. Sunset Boulevard. Alimento is located in the 1700 block of Silver Lake Boulevard.
  • Cookbook, the tiny grocery on Echo Park Avenue, has opened a much more spacious market in Highland Park, reports The Eastsider. The new shop on Figueroa Street would still seem small compared to a typical supermarket – or even a convenience store. But it’s twice the size of the original Echo Park location, co-owner Marta Teegan told The Eastsider. Don’t worry, Echo Park foodies.The Echo Park Cookbook will remain open.

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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