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Vandals revisit Boyle Heights café; Glassell Park gains dining options; Red Lion prepares to upgrade

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BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

Here’s your weekly round up of Eastside storefront news.

Vandalism struck Weird Wave Coffee Brewers in Boyle Heights for the ninth time, Boyle Heights Beats reports. Vandals splattered the storefront with light blue paint, which damaged the store’s black signage and white exterior wall. Although Weird Wave Coffee has experienced some collateral damage due to the ongoing anti-gentrification movement happening in the neighborhood, co-owner Jackson Dafa is unsure if this particular act of vandalism was related. Weird Wave Coffee is at 2415 E. Cesar Chavez in Boyle Heights.

 After 60 years in business, the Red Lion Tavern in Silver Lake is preparing for an upgrade as the German bar and restaurant seeks to attract more customers in a neighborhood with numerous new places to eat and drink. The owners are seeking city permission to continue to serve a full line of beer and alcoholic drinks as they  expand the kitchen and outdoor patio as well upgrade restrooms and storage areas, said The Eastsider. But don’t worry — the sausage plate will remain on the menu!

More dining and entertainment options may soon debut in a historical building in Glassell Park, according to The Eastsider and Eater LA. Located on the corner of Avenue 35 and Eagle Rock Boulevard, the building may soon house a second location of Israeli dining favorite Mh Zh in Silver Lake, a project from the team that heads Bar Bandini in Echo Park and a permanent location for nomadic brewers Solarc Brewing. Expect more to come at 3501 Eagle Rock Blvd. in Glassell Park.

Nominations for the 2019 James Beard Award are out and two Eastside heavy-weights made the cut, Los Angeles Magazine reports. Night + Market was recognized for its Outstanding Wine Program and Jessica Koslow of Sqirl was named as a contender for Best Chef in the West. We’ll find out if any of these nominees survive the final round of the coveted prize next month. Night + Market Song is at 3322 W. Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake; Sqirl is at 720 N. Virgil Ave. Both in Virgil Village.

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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One comment

  1. I believe Red Lion did a remod when the smoking laws took effect. They add the outside patio. Which was nice. And refresh of the interior.

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