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Relax, Hipsters: Silver Lake's Whole Foods Will Serve Booze After All

A key update for a desperate demographic.

Whole Foods, Silver Lake
Whole Foods, Silver Lake
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Lots of folks in perpetually sunny Silver Lake have been walking around with a cloud over their head for the past few months, as word spread that their long-awaited Whole Foods on Glendale Boulevard would not be the usual large-scale healthy eating palace they’ve all come to love. Instead, it would be a Whole Foods 365 concept, with its smaller footprint and cheaper(ish) offerings. But we can now say definitively that at the very least you’ll still be able to drink on site when the place finally opens.

That’s according to The Eastsider, who have been breathlessly following the action for many months. Though the building itself is still down to the studs and being completely reformatted from its former Ralph’s days (and seems a ways off still), trickles of information via the City of Los Angeles are painting a brighter picture of what to expect.

Based on what they’ve seen, the company is plotting a 36-seat dining area (whether that’s a separate restaurant or open space for salad and pizza bar users remains unclear), and wants to be able to run from 6 a.m. to midnight. There would be beer and wine tastings to boot, but of course that’s all conditional — there’s a March 1 hearing to determine whether or not that’s something the area actually wants or needs.

The passage of the requisite license seems likely given Whole Foods’ traction elsewhere with the City, so it’s a good bet that sometime this fall, Silver Lakers will not only have a new place to buy wine that’s almost exactly opposite Silver Lake Wine — they’ll also have a great new place to drink it.