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Echo Park gains a boutique and awaits new cafe; herb swap in El Sereno; the wonder of Glassell Park’s Super King

The Larchmont Bungalow Cafe is moving closer to opening in Echo Park. The restaurant, which will open in the back of the Mohawk Collective shopping center, has been looking to hire staff and has set up a spare Facebook page with a menu. Still no word on when it will open and if its owners were connected to the Larchmont Cafe, the Larchmont Village restaurant that closed abruptly last year. The Larchmont Bungalow Cafe will be at 2110 Sunset Blvd. near Alvarado.

Illustrator Tuesday Bassen has opened an Echo Park boutique that features her line of vintage inspired clothing, pins and accessories, according to UncoverLA. Bassen attracted attention and news coverage about two years ago when she accused Zara of copying her work, an allegation the retail giant denied. Bassen’s shop is at 1292 Sunset Blvd. near Innes.

The highly regarded chef who was involved in opening Freedman’s last November has left the new wave Silver Lake deli, says Eater L.A.  It’s not known why Liz Johnson is gone or if she was only going to be around to launch Freedman’s. However, it was her menu — a mashup of new takes on classic deli and Jewish favorites — that won the attention and praise of critics like Jonathan Gold. Freedman’s is at 2916 Sunset Blvd. at Benton Way.

A new Silver Lake retail center currently under construction has landed a Portland doughnut maker and a ramen place as tenants, says Eater L.A. Blue Star Donuts, which already operates stores in Venice and Manhattan Beach, expects to offer what Eater describes as “upscale” donuts this August in its new Silver Lake outpost. Meanwhile,  Ramen Tatsunoya, which has a restaurant in Pasadena, will supplement its regular menu with some vegan fare for the Silver Lake restaurant. Both eateries will be at 3430 Sunset Blvd. at Golden Gate.

Is it the Persian cucumbers or the Karoun yogurt that has writer Liz Ohanesian obsessed with Super King in Glassell Park?  It’s “the sense of wonder that I feel when I’m combing the shelves,” Ohanesian said of the market in a first-person story for L.A. Magazine.  “It’s the place where you can start to learn about the many culinary traditions that inhabit Los Angeles, where you can see the diversity of Middle Eastern, Latin American, Asian, and Eastern European food all in one trip.”

I will trade you some rosemary for hoja santa. The new Artemisia Nursery in El Sereno will host a fresh and dried herb swap on June 30, says the L.A. Times. “It’s really an opportunity for people to meet and share tips about the ways that they can use the herbs,” said owner Nicole Calhoun. Artemisia Nursery is at 5068 Valley Blvd. near Cavanagh.

Mohawk Bend is offering a Tuesday night special from 5 pm to 7 pm that includes food and furniture. A one-time, $45 dinner special on Tuesday, June 26 includes one beverage (beer, wine, cocktail, non-Alcoholic), one shared plate or appetizer, one entree, and one of the 1970s-style, burnt-orange chairs in the Echo Park restaurant’s Ramona Dining room. Those chairs are being replaced by seating that will be a bit more contemporary but still sport that burnt orange color, says a restaurant rep. Mohawk Bend is at 2141 W. Sunset Blvd. near Mohawk.

I will take one chair to go | Courtesy Mohawk Bend

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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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3 comments

  1. I took a look at the Larchmont Bungalow Cafe Menu page on FB: https://www.facebook.com/lbungalowcafe/menu/

    I don’t get out to eat a lot, so maybe I’m wrong, but aren’t these prices high for breakfast/brunch food? Just curious…Anyone?

    • Nope, that’s not even close to high. By Silver Lake standards that’s downright cheap. Last place I went to was charging $16 for avocado toast and $18 for a burger.

      I’m actually excited for this spot, Echo Park desperately needs an upscale brunch spot. Brite Spot is just ok food wise and Mohawk Bend is nice but their brunch is lacking. This is totally going to fill a niche spot we need here. Hoping it all goes well, I’m a bit confused as to why they’re calling themselves the Larchmont Bungalow cafe still when they’re no longer on Larchmont ave and not in a bungalow any more… but, that’s just semantics I guess.

      • Echo Park doesnt desperately “need” an upscale brunch spot , this whole wave of
        upscale” attitude b.s is the straight up westside / suburbia attitude that has sucked the soul dry of Echo Park and made it like another ruined neighborhood like Venice and Silver Lake . Why would anyone pay that much for avocado toast ? a “niche” spot .. lololololl !

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