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A Sneak Peek Inside Chavela, Soon Serving Plant-Based Latin Fare in Hollywood

It's gonna be sharing a kitchen with Los Balcones.

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Eater first caught wind of Chavela back in early April, when the Latin-oriented vegan restaurant was slated for a May opening. That debut has been pushed to early June, but the construction is nearly complete in the 40-seat space. With a sweeping ceiling and a relatively raw look throughout, it's a refreshing, if a bit compact, take on the neighborhood eatery. Building materials include smooth oak tables and paneling, shiny steel accents, plus a rough Brutalist-style interior concrete wall.

Chef Rachel Carr (Sun Cafe) is behind the menu, which will be 100% plant-based. By sharing a kitchen with the adjacent Los Balcones, Carr will be able to maximize her efficiency while presenting Hollywood diners with something other than chain-oriented concepts. Oh, and the namesake chavela, which is a sort of like a super-boozy Peruvian sangria, will come in three to four forms every day.

1358 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA