According to one tipster, the awning of former Xlixe Pizzeria in Little Tokyo is down, and in its place comes the much more simply-named Eclair Cozy Corner. By the looks of things the interior of the restaurant has been given an overhaul as well, with plans to open to the world tonight as an Italian-Japanese fusion spot focusing on pastas and desserts.
While Xlixe enjoyed a somewhat quiet four year run inside the Honda Plaza, Yelp now confirms that the place is indeed defunct. So what exactly is Eclair? Well it refers to the cream-filled dessert, of course, but a click around their young Facebook page would seem to indicate a heavier focus on dinner, especially pastas. There will also be room for wine and beer on the menu.
The restaurant's website hasn't been updated past an opening splash page, so there's no full menu to gaze at, but as of tonight you should be able to sneak into the colorful and dainty-looking space yourself at Honda Plaza for a glimpse. Of course, Eclair Cozy Corner won't be the first small plates option serving wine in the Little Tokyo, or — what with Baldoria coming down the pipe soon enough — the last. But perhaps there's some fun to be had with the overlapping Japanese/Italian tradition, which has its own rich crossover history, particularly where noodles are involved.
Eclair Cozy Corner
432 E. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA