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Frogtown’s Wax Paper Team Expands With New All-Day Restaurant Along the LA River

Frogtown’s lunch specialists add newcomer Lingua Franca

The Bend, Frogtown
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.

Frogtown’s Wax Paper Co. has become one of the hottest lunch options anywhere in Los Angeles, and now owners Peter Lemos and Lauren Behrle are expanding into all-day restaurant territory with a new project titled Lingua Franca. The project will take over a portion of new LA River-adjacent project The Bend, a mixed-use community where studio apartment rents are going for nearly $2,000 a pop.

Curbed LA has details on the overall Bend project, which should open next month. Meanwhile Lingua Franca is still a ways away, with the team projecting an opening sometime next spring. Behrle and Lemos say it’s early to be discussing menu items and decor decisions, but the Bend site does offer a few choice sentences on what to expect:

Enjoy Lingua Franca, a New American restaurant from the owners of local favorite, Wax Paper. Lingua Franca will be open for all three meals, offering counter service for breakfast and lunch and elevated table service at dinner.

Lingua Franca also has a landing page website up at the moment, though there’s little detail on the site except for a bio on Lemos, who previously worked at places like L&E Oyster Bar. Don’t worry though, as the Bend says, “Wax Paper isn’t going anywhere.”

Lingua Franca
2990 Allesandro St.
Los Angeles, CA