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Silver Lake's Charcoal BBQ Expands Into Bugatta Space on Melrose

Currently open for lunch-only hours.

Charcoal BBQ, Silver Lake
Charcoal BBQ, Silver Lake
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Quiet Silver Lake barbecue spot Charcoal is expanding, taking over a portion of the Bugatta Supper Club space on Melrose Avenue. The two sites share an owner in Anat Escher, who looks to be flipping a section of Bugatta into something different.

The seamless switcheroo went down about a week ago, with little more than a post on Charcoal Silver Lake’s Facebook page announcing the newcomer. There is also a massively lit BBQ sign now hanging right over the Melrose sidewalk too, so that could have also tipped a few folks off.

Whereas the Silver Lake location is evening only (from 4 p.m. on), Charcoal Melrose is aiming for the daytime crowd with daily hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, the Kansas City-style barbecue menu, which comes from chef LT Crawford (who was most recently with the Lucques Group crew) hasn’t fully overlapped with both addresses since the Melrose location isn’t up and running for dinner just yet.

Instead, expect cheap-as-heck pulled pork and brisket sandwiches, plus a $5 fried chicken option, $1 cornbread slices, and a so-called bucket of bacon for $4. In fact, there isn’t a thing on the menu over $7.

Charcoal Melrose is currently open daily for lunch (closed Sundays), with evening hours in the works.

Charcoal Melrose
7174 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

**A previous version of this story indicated that Bugatta was now closed, but Charcoal has only taken over a portion of the Bugatta space. The restaurant remains open.