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More ceviche in Silver Lake | Can Cuties cut it in E. Hollywood? | Brooklyn Bagel closer to reopening

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BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

New restaurants are coming to Silver Lake and Los Feliz while an East Hollywood coffee shop is struggling to remain open. There’s a new chef in charge of two Echo Park restaurants, and Brooklyn Bagel fans received some promising news. Read on for the details.

Octavio Olivas’ Ceviche Project pop-up has found a permanent home, Eater LA reports. It takes over the Pazzaaz Sushi space in Silver Lake. Considered to be one of the best pop-ups in Los Angeles, the Ceviche Project showcased various versions of ceviche made with top choice ingredients and served with lots of wine. Let’s see what the brick and mortar brings to the table. No word yet on the opening date. Ceviche Project will be at 2524 Hyperion Ave. near Evans in Silver Lake.

Cuties, Los Angeles’ only LGBTQ-centric coffee shop, may soon be cutting its losses, the Los Angeles Times reports. Owners Virginia Bauman and Iris Bainum-Houle recently launched a Patreon fundraiser to raise $12,000 a month to keep the business afloat. So far, they have enlisted more than 400 people to collectively donate $4,200 a month, which is enough to keep them open through September. Cuties is at 710 N.Heliotrope Dr. near Melrose in East Hollywood.

A long brick walkway next to Skylight Books in Los Feliz is about to be converted into a restaurant, Eater LA reports. The soon-to-launch dining spot is called Atrium. The concept comes from Beau Laughlin, who owns Kettle Black and Sawyer in Silver Lake, and partner Jay Milliken. Hunter Pritchett of Melody on Virgil Avenue is running the kitchen. Expect more news about its official opening in the next month or so. Atrium will be at 1816 N. Vermont Ave. near Russell in Los Feliz.

Ostrich Farm and Bar Caló have a new executive chef. Jaime Turrey and Brooke Fruchtman, owners of the Echo Park restaurants, added chef John Hornung to lead the kitchens. Changes to the menu have already been implemented, including fresh pasta and a house-made charcuterie plate. Chef Hornung began his culinary career in Chicago, where he joined Sepia, a Michelin-star restaurant, and Milwalky Trace. Located across the street from each other, Ostrich Farm is at 1525 W. Sunset Blvd. and Bar Caló is at 1498 W. Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters will be opening an outlet on the border of Highland Park and Eagle Rock in a former auto-repair shop now being converted into a restaurant and retail center, according to The Eastsider.

It looks the Brite Spot, the Echo Park diner that has been around for nearly 70 years, is about to change hands. The Eastsider says that the new owners, who also operate other local restaurants, are buying the Brite Spot from Silver Lake businesswoman Dana Hollister, who also owns Cliff’s Edge restaurant in Silver Lake.

Brooklyn Bagel is moving closer to reopening its Beverly Boulevard bakery and store.  “The oven is installed, the paint is fresh, the Bagel baskets are waiting to be filled,” the company said earlier this week on Facebook. “We are waiting for power and gas meter to be installed from the city. And we should be ready to bake some bagels again” The bakery has been closed for more than three years after a wall collapsed. Brooklyn Bagel will reopen at 2217 W. Beverly at Roselake.

In other retail and restaurant news …. Workers clearing out the former Out of the Closet space in Echo Park said the chain Shoe Palace will be moving in. But Shoe Palace folks have not returned our calls and emails seeking a response …. A new Echo Park bar called The Press Box is in the works for 1534 Sunset Boulevard, in the space between Woodcat coffee and the former Lost Knight …. Speaking of The Lost Knight …. the new owners of the pub-style bar (formerly Barragan’s Mexican restaurant) have gutted the two-story building as part of an extensive renovation intended to create a more open atmosphere. The owners are not saying yet what kind of bar or restaurant will fill the spot …. Casa Fina in Boyle Heights has applied to pour a full line of alcoholic beverages. The Mexican restaurant was opened last year by Josefina Lopez, who is best known for her play, “Real Women Have Curves.

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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