Things are starting to take shape at Botanica, the upcoming veg-friendly spot along Silver Lake Boulevard. Backed by former food writers and recipe developers Heather Sperling and Emily Fiffer, the place (as promised) has launched a beautiful new food magazine component today, and also hopes to raise some crowdfunding cash to get over the final opening hurdles.
To start, here’s Botanica Magazine, the appropriately named digital food, travel, and recipe publication from the pair. Upcoming issues will also tackle the progress of the restaurant itself, which is planning to open in spring of 2017 at this point, as well as recipes from the restaurant’s own menu.
Botanica also launched a $60,000 Kickstarter campaign today to try to finish off the costs behind the ambitious all-day eatery. Citing a desire to "garner the last bit of support from the very community we hope to nourish," Sperling and Fiffer are asking for the money to generally see the place through construction and into opening.
If you head over to that Kickstarter page you’ll also get a look at some upcoming sample menus for the 58-seat restaurant, from morning smoked salmon tartines and Turkish eggs to evening roasted cauliflower and "plateaus", big platters of raw and roasted vegetables meant to be enjoyed with a bottle of wine. They will serve some amount of meat and fish, but vegetables will be the main focus for Botanica, along with a marketplace component for takeaway meals and ingredients.
Botanica should open by spring of next year (they’re starting official build-out this week), inside the former Silver Lake Liquor just across the street from L&E Oyster Bar and down from Alimento. They’ve already gotten sign-off from the neighborhood council for their alcohol and patio needs, so things are moving along rather briskly now. If you want to follow along, starting today you’ll be able to do so at Botanica Mag.