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.
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