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Echo Park Cactus Store

Will prickly New Yorkers be won over by Echo Park’s Cactus Store?

ECHO PARK — The Echo Park Cactus Store — a cube of a storefront packed with succulents — has branched out to New York, opening a pop-up shop this weekend in a greenhouse on the Lower Eastside of Manhattan, reports GQ Magazine. The plants are being driven across the country to the Manhattan store, which will remain open until November. ... 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 »

Glassell Park Target store to open this fall

GLASSELL PARK — Work is currently underway to transform a former Fresh & Easy market on Eagle Rock Boulevard  into a “small-format” Target store, which is scheduled to open in October, according to a company spokeswoman. Residents have spotted work crews and their trucks in the parking lot of the now vacant Fresh & Easy, which closed at the end ... Read More »

Signs of change at Sunset and Alvarado

ECHO PARK —  Get ready Echo Park foodies, Cosa Buona, which has been billed as one of this year’s most highly anticipated new restaurants, is supposed to open to the public on Thursday. At least that’s the plan for now, according to one restaurant staff member. The new pizzeria replaces Pizza Buona, which operated at the same spot for more ... Read More »

Beer now brewing in Echo Park

ECHO PARK — Beer fans rejoice: Echo Park now has its very own brewery. Sage Vegan Bistro has opened its brewpub in the historic Jensen’s Recreation Center. The micro-brewery and full bar, connected to the restaurant next door, will be making and serving specialty beers — such as a habanero pilsner and a rosemary-beet amber — under The Sage’s Brew ... 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 »