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Silver Lake’s Wolfdown restaurant – part of a changing Rowena Avenue

SILVER LAKE — Wolfdown restaurant may not exactly be a symbol of gentrification along Rowena Avenue, since the area hasn’t really been downtrodden within recent memory. But it seems to be part of a general upscale movement in what had been a sleepy section of the neighborhood, in the view of L.A. Weekly restaurant reviewer Besha Rodell. Wolfdown is owned Jason ... Read More »

Echo Park Japanese izakaya joint planning major expansion

ECHO PARK — Tsubaki, a California version of an informal Japanese bar/restaurant known as an izakaya, is planning to double in size only a few months after opening. The Planning Department has scheduled a public hearing for June 21 to review Tsubaki’s plans to expand into the former salon (Novak) next door, creating a 2,014-square-foot restaurant. That would allow Tsubaki to ... Read More »

Frogtown bike shop is now also full restaurant

ELYSIAN VALLEY — Calling itself “the first combination bike shop/cafe in Los Angeles,” Spoke Bicycle Cafe has expanded its menu into a full-service restaurant. Located along the L.A. River bike and pedestrian path, Spoke Bicycle was opened by avid cyclists Laurie Winston and Richard Latronica  as a bike shop and events venue, with just some refreshments on the weekends, according to their ... Read More »

Starbucks to join Los Feliz’ Caffeine Alley

LOS FELIZ — The north end of Hillhurst Avenue will soon be home to seven shops — including a now-under-construction Starbucks — where you can satisfy your coffee fix, reports The Los Feliz Ledger. The newest entrant, Blue Bottle, held a grand opening last weekend for its new store at 2066 Hillhurst.  Meanwhile, less than two blocks north, work is ... Read More »

Mh zH brings Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine to Silver Lake

SILVER LAKE — Diners  may well ask “What is this?” when they see the new restaurant at the southeast corner of  Sunset Boulevard and Maltman Street, previously occupied by Purgatory Pizza and before that Madam Matisse.  There’s no sign out front – just a large window with an open kitchen, and menus written on paper bags. The name of the ... Read More »

Echo Park Chinese restaurant serves up a makeover

ECHO PARK — Much has changed in Echo Park since Wichhica Nhim's parents, who fled to the United States from Cambodia in the 1970s, opened Chinatown Express in an Echo Park Avenue minimall 15 years ago. The pace of gentrification took off, rents and real estate prices have spiked and new restaurants, bars and shops have opened. Now, Nhim's family restaurant has changed, too. Read More »

Spireworks now serving custom kebabs in Eagle Rock

EAGLE ROCK — Spireworks has opened its second restaurant featuring roasted döner kebabs and sandwiches that can be customized to taste, Eater LA reports. The chef behind some of the sandwich toppings is Kuniko Yagi, a veteran of Top Chef whose background also includes serving as executive chef at Comme Ça. Yagi originally worked in finance back in Japan before ... Read More »

Silver Lake restaurant owners defend removing part of the Elliott Smith mural

SILVER LAKE — Bar Angeles owners defend themselves in LA Weekly, explaining why they marred the cherished Elliott Smith mural. Apparently, there’s been “some inevitable backlash,” but “most reactions have been positive,” says Wade McElroy, co-owner of Bar Angeles. The mural stumbled into cultural significance back in 2000, when it served as the background for Elliott Smith in the cover ... Read More »

Eastside restaurants make the list of best L.A. breakfast places

If you are a morning person, here are  three restaurants on the Eastside that made Eater LA’s list of “Best LA Breakfast Restaurants, 2017.” The classic Silver Lake eatery Millie’s was complimented for its neighborhood vibe and reasonable prices. Millie’s is on the 3500 block of Sunset Boulevard. In Boyle Heights, La Mascota Bakery earned praise for retaining old favorite dishes ... Read More »

Highland Park gets a Romanian inspired cafe

HIGHLAND PARK -- A Romanian-inspired cafe called Parsnip quietly opened last week on York Boulevard. Anca Caliman, partner in Lemon Poppy Kitchen in Glassell Park, and Aracelly Flores, longtime Lemon Poppy Kitchen cook, have partnered to open a casual, counter-service cafe in the former Antojitos Guerrero space. Read More »