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Vegan biergarten opening in Highland Park | Gobi’s gone in Silver Lake | A vegan deli?

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BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

There’s a vegan biergarten opening in Highland Park while a plant-based deli is in the works in Echo Park. Meanwhile, we have news about a sudden Silver Lake restaurant shut down and a Los Feliz Italian restaurant hopping into Frogtown.

Read on for Shopper & Diner news.

German beer and vegan food will soon be poured and served Hinterhof in Highland Park, Eater LA reports. The concept is the brainchild of first-time restaurant owners Eric Funk and Matthias Brandt, a native German. In early 2017, the business partners took over the Taco Treat space and eventually demolished to build their brand new 2300-plus square foot biergarten. But there was one Taco Treat element that was spared from the demo – the George Jetson-ish green arrow from the original Taco Treat sign, which was repurposed for the signature Hinterhof sign. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served for both vegans and meat eaters. Expect Hinterhof to open before the end of the year. Hinterhof is at 4939 York Blvd. in Highland Park.

Now we know who took over the space that once occupied The Juice in Highland Park– it’s Kumquat Coffee, a modern and airy coffee bar, Eater LA reports. In less than a month, owners Scott Sohn and AJ Kim reconfigured the space with a four-stool bar that will serve a coffee omakase menu. Coffee Beans are from San Francisco’s The Roastery with plans to roast in-house in the next few months. Teas are from Red Blossom, Rishi, Hankook Tea and Esteemed Tea Collective. A children’s menu is also in the works. Kumquat Coffee is at 4936 York Blvd. in Highland Park.

Gobi Mongolian BBQ in Silver Lake has shuttered, the restaurant said on Instagram. The announcement came as a surprise, with a post stating that the closure was the “end of an era” after serving the community for 10 years. Currently, the windows are covered and there’s no sign as to what’s the next chapter for the space, which is surrounded by neighboring restaurants east of Parkman Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear what’s to come!

Elysian Valley’s dining scene is gaining some Italian flavor, reports The Eastsider.   Il Capriccio – a classic Italian restaurant in Los Feliz – is opening a pizzeria in Frogtown’s rising restaurant scene in Elysian Valley.  An Il Capriccio restaurant sign hangs from the side of a former machine shop in the 2900 block of Blake Avenue that is part of the Blox, a complex of new and existing buildings. The same complex is home to Wax Paper, a sandwich shop and one of several new restaurants, coffee shops and a brewery that have opened up in recent years.

How can there be such a thing as a vegan deli? Well, that’s what the owners have in mind for Counterpart, the new vegan eatery that is now taking shape inside the former Chango Coffee in Echo Park. No word yet on when it will open but we will keep you updated.

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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