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Catalan cuisine heads for Highland Park

Otoño will open in the former Frank’s Camera building, pictured here in the early stages of renovation

HIGHLAND PARK – A restaurant of Catalonia-influenced cuisine is headed for the neighborhood, Eater LA reports — just as world events remind us that Catalonia may not exactly belong to the same culture as the rest of Spain.

Otoño is set to open by the end of the year in the former Frank’s Camera building in the Figueroa Corridor. It will be headed by Teresa Montaño, former chef of Pasadena’s Ración. The same building will also be home to the Blind Barber, a combination barbershop, bar and restaurant (we are not kidding) based out of New York.

Eater describes the upcoming restaurant as “a Spanish menu through a California lens, using local produce and backing it all up with familiar flavors from across Catalonia.” Since it’s also described as a small-bites spot, you can count on tapas, of course. But also look for paella and other large-format dishes that can be shared by groups, and “Spanish cocktails with an emphasis on gin,” Eater said.

As for how Catalan food differs from the rest of Spain, two characteristics that Vice pointed out are the distinctive mix of meat and seafood in the same recipe, and a heavy use of garlic.

Otoño is set to open at 5715 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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