BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL
Looks like the team that brought izakaya infused Tsubsaki to Echo Park is gearing up for another project, Eater LA reports. It’s a sake bar named Ototo and it’ll be right next to Tsubsaki in the coming months. Owners Courtney Kaplan and chef Charles Namba originally planned to occupy the former salon space to accommodate overflow dining. Instead, the team gave the space its own identity. Expect small batch sakes, shochu and Japanese craft beers plus a short menu from Tsubaki. Ototo is at 1360 Allison Ave. at Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park.
Here’s a new spot to satisfy your sweet tooth – it’s Tuesday’s Sweet Shoppe. Named after the 3-year-old daughter of owners Michael and Emily Roiff, Tuesday’s Sweet Shoppe offers 170 types of candies. Treats include sour rings, saltwater taffy, chocolates and cotton candy by the bucket, KABC TV Los Angeles reports. Tuesday’s Sweet Spot is at 1937 ½ Hillhurst Ave. near Franklin in Los Feliz.
Bengee’s Ice Cream in Echo Park shuttered only a few months after opening, Yelp! users report. The outpost opened last December in Echo Park’s Mohawk Collective. But the space at the Sunset Boulevard shopping center did not remain vacant for long. Roots & Rye has taken over the space, serving acai bowls and “superfood toasts,” the company states on Instagram. Roots & Rye is at 2134 Sunset Blvd. at Mohawk in Echo Park.
The Griffin bar in Atwater Village has been busy repairing the damage done to its reputation as well as its Yelp! reviews in the wake of the fight between members of the far-right Proud Boys and supporters of the Democratic Socialists of America, reports The Eastsider. Yelp! has launched an “Active Cleanup Alert” on The Griffin’s page, which had been filled with one-star and negative reviews since the incident. The Griffin is at 3000 Los Feliz Blvd. at Boyce.
ETA in Highland Park and All Time in Los Feliz have been added to Eater LA’s list of 15 Hottest Brunch Spots. ETA is a bar that is known primarily for its evening jazz shows. But it is also dishing out short rib sandwiches, shrimp and couscous salads at brunch. Meanwhile, All Time made the list with a brunch menu that includes avocado toast, burritos and chilaquiles. All Time is at 2040 Hillhurst Ave. at Price. ETA is at 5630 N Figueroa St. near Avenue 56.
The owner of a new Boyle Heights kosher cafe denied that he was anti-immigrant after opponents of gentrification and others staged a demonstration over his apparent support of President Trump on Twitter. “So what’s the connection?” Asher Shalom, an Israeli immigrant and owner of the Asher Caffe & Lounge, said on CBS2. “This is what I don’t understand. I’m confused — the connection between Donald Trump and good coffee.” Asher Caffe & Lounge is at 945 S Boyle Ave. near 7th Street.
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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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