New gastropub on tap for Lincoln Heights; Catalonia comes to Highland Park; a Latin-Vegan pop-up



Lincoln Kitchen & Tap is taking over the former  El Siete Mares in Lincoln Heights, Eater LA reports. Expected to open before the end of the year, the gastropub is from the same team behind  two other neighborhood businesses: The Heights, a beer, wine and sandwich shop, and coffee shop B Twentyfour. Lincoln Kitchen & Tap will open  in the 2100 block of N. Broadway Boulevard in Lincoln Heights.

In other Shopping & Dining news,

  • The flavors of Catalonia are about to arrive in Highland Park by way of Otoño, Eater LA reports. Nestled in the heart of Highland Park’s popular Figueroa corridor, the small bites spot will be headed by Teresa Montaño, former chef of Pasadena’s Ración. Otoño is set to open by the end of the year.
  • The worlds of vegan cuisine and Latin fare collide at Cena Vegan, a pop-up happening in Highland Park on Tuesdays and Fridays, LA Weekly reports. Husband and wife team Carmen Santillan and Mike Simms along with friend Gary Huerta have taken the combination to a new level with tofu skin-based barbacoa and seitan-based carne asada, pollo asado and al pastor. Cena Vegan happens at the corner of Avenue 51 and York Boulevard in Highland Park on Tuesdays and Fridays.

There are some new restaurants preparing to open in Boyle Heights, reports The Eastsider:

  • First-time restaurant owners are a few weeks from opening Milpa Grille, which will focus on “Mesoamerican” cuisine. Milpa Grille will be located 2633 Cesar Chavez Ave.
  • Over in the 900 block of S. Boyle Avenue,  building and business permits have been applied for an approximately 500-square-foot cafe — the Asher Caffe & Lounge — in a newly renovated building next to the 5 Freeway. Except for a sign out front and the pending permits,  there’s not much info available on the cafe. However, it appears to be related to Asher Fabric Concepts, which has a showroom and offices across the street.
  • Meanwhile, an even more ambitious restaurant has been proposed for what is now a warehouse in the 200 block of S. Mission Road. It’s near some of the new galleries and art spaces that have opened in the primarily industrial lowlands of Boyle Heights next to the L.A River. The owners have filed an application with the Planning Department seeking to serve a full line of alcoholic beverages in an approximately 4,700-square-foot  restaurant with a large patio. It’s not known if the landlord has a tenant  lined up for the proposed restaurant.

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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  1. Just a heads up on the cenavegan story. It’s not 51st but Avenue 51.
    It’s an Avenue not Street. It may be petty and a small mistake but for natives of HLP it’s a big deal. Thank you for all your great reporting.

  2. Is Cena Vegan still going to be at Mohawk Collective on Saturdays? They were so successful with lines stretching around the block. And how about Tacos Sin Karma on Fridays there? This past weekend was vacant after several crowded affairs in the past.
    I inquired at Cinneholic and they said they were unsure. I think the landlord of Mohawk Collective may be having second thoughts? It was quite nice of them to allow pop ups as the structure is still vacant after a Spring opening was scheduled. They really should be allowing community pop ups in the space as a way to fit in to the area where they pushed out beloved businesses with 5X the rent.

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