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Bye, Bardonna; Journeymen’s take a stand; no cannabis tasting at Eastside Food Festival

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BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

Bye-bye Bardonna in Silver Lake. Owner Joshua Pourgol pulled the plug on the short-lived chain breakfast spot last week, Eater LA reports. No explanation was given. Good news for Bardonna fans is that there’s still a few other locations around town to get their a.m. grub on. In the meantime, plans are in the works to set up shop in Los Feliz in the coming months.

More Shopper & Diner News:

  • Chef David Wilcox of Journeymen in Atwater Village has found his own recipe to end the wage gap among restaurant workers, Food & Wine magazine reports. The trick is to hire folks with less experience who are eager to learn new skills, start everyone at $14 per hour, roll the tips into employee salaries and run an open book system. There’s still more work for Wilcox to do to reach his 20 to 25 percent profit margin goal. But with his hearty Southern French and Basque menu and future plans to offer profit sharing to employees, perhaps Wilcox will find the right balance to make it happen. Journeymen is located in the 3200 block of Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village.
  • Three years after making its debut, Trencher, the Echo Park sandwich shop and cafe, wants to liven things up by serving beer and wine and hosting live entertainment, reports The Eastsider. But before any of that can happen, the city Planning Department must review and approve Trencher’s application for a permit that would allow it to serve beer and wine and offer live entertainment.
  • A full-blown Cannabis Corner was only a pipedream for Eastside Food Festival organizers, Eater LA reports. Originally, organizers were planning to charge an extra $15 fee per ticket that included an entire menu, demo station, goodie bag and a designated area. But the City of Los Angeles forced the festival to drop to allow guests to sample pot-laced foods. Now a cannabis tasting is being help off site at MOTA, a Silver Lake dispensary, for festival goers with a current medical marijuana doctor’s recommendation and a festival wristband. The main festival will still hold cannabis cooking demonstration. The Eastside Food Festival happens on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • A slimmed down version of a traditional Target store opened in Glassell Park this week, reports The Eastsider.  The store, which replaced a Fresh & Easy, was designed with convenience and quick-shopping trips in mind. There is still a lot of space — 32,000 square-feet. But’s that’s small compared to a typical Target, which can sprawl over 175,000-square feet for a “super” Target.

That’s it for this week’s Shopper & Diner Report!

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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