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Starry Kitchen Joins the Game at Echo Park's Button Mash Bar Arcade

A few extra lives for the scrappy pan-Asian concept.

Starry Kitchen at Button Mash
Starry Kitchen at Button Mash
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.

Starry Kitchen returns with a booze and game-filled bang at Echo Park's upcoming Button Mash, a bar-cum-arcade slated for an opening next month. SK's Nyugen and Thi Tran will be operating the food menu, with classics like those beloved tofu balls, garlic noodles, and more coming from the bar's kitchen. The partnership comes with Jordan Weiss and Gabriel Fowlkes, who hand-picked the Trans to run their popular pan-Asian concept in hipster-heavy Echo Park.

The arcade section itself boasts 50 classic games from the owners' personal collection of over 100 machines, plus a selection from local legend Jim Belsito's pinball machine collection. The interior look comes via Design, Bitchesas previously announced. Will this be the cool neighborhood rallying point that Eighty Two became when it debuted in the Arts District? Knowing Design, Bitches and their whimsical work, something tells us that Button Mash will be much more of a maximalist throwback.

Just earlier this year, Starry Kitchen launched a $500,000 Kickstarter campaign that didn't meet its goal, putting the Trans' concept in jeopardy. But this partnership at Button Mash seems like an ideal fit for Eastsiders craving those crispy tofu balls.

Button Mash
1391 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026