BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

A roundup of Eastside restaurant and retail news. Shopper & Diner is sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles and their Lincoln Heights thrift store — named the “Best Costco of Thrift Stores” by the L.A. Weekly.

Starbucks opened in Cypress Park this week

The coffee shop welcomed its first customers on Thursday in what had been a Burger King at the corner of Figueroa Street and Cypress Avenue. It’s the most recent Burger King-to-Starbucks conversion on the Eastside, following similar switches in Lincoln Heights and Boyle Heights.  The coffee shop giant has moved into a neighborhood where Antigua Coffee has long been the neighborhood’s lone coffee house and where 1802 Coffee Roasters plans to open. Starbucks is at 3241 N. Figueroa St. at Cypress in Cypress Park.

Weird Wave Coffee in Boyle Heights was vandalized again

Eater LA says that apparently a vandal  threw what appeared to be a kombucha bottle through the restaurant’s large front window during operating hours at approximately 10 p.m. last Friday. Luckily, no one was injured. Political and community reactions to the incident reflect differing views of Weird Wave’s presence in Boyle Heights, which is currently experiencing a surge of rising rents, displacement and gentrification.  Weird Wave is no stranger to vandalism. Last year, vandals smashed the coffee shop’s front door during non-operating hours. Weird Wave Coffee is at 2415 E. Cesar Chavez Ave. near Soto in Boyle Heights.

Peanut Butter Wolf reveals more details about his new Highland Park bar

The new Figueroa Street bar, called the Gold Line, will feature highballs, three-part cocktails as well as whiskeys, mezcals and cognacs along with natural wines and craft beers, said a rep for Peanut Butter Wolf, the DJ, producer and now bar co-owner. A rep for Wolf – a.k.a. Christopher Manak — describes as the soon-to-open Gold Line as a “listening bar.”  It will be stocked with Wolf’s 7,500-vinyl-record library, which spans primarily from the 1960s through 1990s.  Wolf as well as “his favorite DJs, friends and bartenders” will be playing from the collection at the bar. The Gold Line, which is expected to open later this month, will be at 5607 Figueroa near Avenue 56.

Paul Nee and his Burgers Never Say Die pop-up will soon have a permanent home in Silver Lake

The Daily Dish reports that the brick-and-mortar store, across the street from Rockaway Records, features a mural of his burger crew and pixelated ‘80s video game characters by artist Wolf Council. The double-burger, single burger, grilled cheese, fries, soda and three more secret menu items are on the menu. Will folks need to wait for two hours in line like they did at the pop-up? Burgers Never Say Die is at 2388 Glendale Blvd. near Brier in Silver Lake.

Parisian restaurateur Sarah Bessade is livening up the Los Feliz dining scene with the coming of Louipotte Kitchen

Opening next year, Louipotte Kitchen will takeover  over the Churro Borough space, Eater LA reports. Expect vegetable-focused dishes served from breakfast to dinner. Louipotte Kitchen is at 1726 N. Vermont in Los Feliz.

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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