Chipotle arrives in Echo Park; pizza by the pound in Highland Park; Kosher café in Boyle Heights



Chipotle is the latest fast-food chain to expand into Echo Park. The new Mexican food outlet opened Feb. 1 between The Habit Burger and the soon-to-open Starbucks in the Mohawk Collective on Sunset Boulevard at Mohawk Street. In a neighborhood with plenty of places to buy burritos, including Burrito King and Los Burritos, how will locals respond? “I know they are going to love it,” said a Chipotle manager. Chipotle is at 2134 Sunset Blvd in Echo Park.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

Pizza by the pound? Triple Beam Pizza  has started rolling the dough in Highland Park, a company email reports. The Roman-style pizza joint sells custom made pizzas by the pound. Triple Beam Pizza is at 5918 N. Figueroa Street in Highland Park.

Tea, please. Echo Park’s first tea house, Hey Hey Drinks, is now pouring traditional teas and new tea cocktails during a trial run. Hey Hey is the owned by Christopher Kwok, who left behind a lucrative career in corporate consulting to pursue his dream of opening a modern-day tea house. During its trial and training period, Hey Hey will be open Sun-Thurs: 1-9pm and Fri-Sat: 1-10pm. Hey Hey is at 1555 Sunset in Echo Park

Silver Lake’s Hot Hot Food is now morphing into a new place called Jewel, Eater LA reports. With the change in name  comes a change in menu, with fried rice out and a broader, mostly vegan menu in. Expect granola, porridge, coffee, salads and the Impossible Burger when the restaurant space reopens. Jewel is at 654 N. Hoover Street in Silver Lake.

Asher Shalom, owner of Asher Fabric Concepts in Boyle Heights, is launching an eatery right across the street from his textile company, Eater LA reports. Named Asher Caffe, the concept brings Kosher food with a heavy European influence to the neighborhood. Expect a March opening. Asher Caffe is at 945 S. Boyle Avenue in Boyle Heights.

There will soon be another new place to eat on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. Owners of the three-story brick apartment building at 1463 Sunset (next to The Short Stop) are in the process of converting a narrow storefront into a restaurant, according to building permits. No word on what restaurant will move in. The landlord, Engine Real Estate, has attracted some notable and unique restaurants to its renovated properties in Highland Park, including Mr. Holmes Bakehouse and Blind Barber, a combination barbershop, bar and restaurant (we are not kidding).

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. No one that lives here wants chipotle – that’s something old school echo park peeps and new school gentrifiers can agree on. The manager is delusional.

    • I so do not want people to patronize this Chipotle.

      But I feel like it will get lots of traffic from people just passing through and also from new transplants.

  2. What is it about Chipotle? Yes, they are a chain, but so was Subway, the former tenant and so is Habit and Starbucks. At least Chipotle serves a great deal of veg food as well to meet the needs of the current residents who care about how their eating affects the environment and animal welfare. I am also not sure who else could meet the rent they are asking in those spaces. If you want to be mad, be mad at the developers who bought out the old businesses, not the new business who simply accepted the offered space they had nothing to do with building in the first place. I plan to eat there when I don’t want to spend a lot of time and money on my meal….

    • Yeah , i was born and raised in Echo Park , and the assumption that only new residents care about their health or the environment is the exact mentality of the new wave of people moving in here ,Entitled , clueless and forge a fake “community ” to fit their safe , sanitized needs .

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