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Eagle Rock Adds a Wood-Fired Restaurant and Craft Distillery to Colorado Blvd

Two new spaces, one by way of a familiar face

Four Cafe’s new building
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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.

Eagle Rock’s restaurant renaissance continues today, with news that the folks behind a popular Colorado Boulevard eatery plan to jump across the street with at least one new idea.

As The Eastsider has learned, the owners behind casual California restaurant Four Cafe are looking to expand their empire, taking over part of a former gym at the corner of Colorado and Caspar. It’s the building with the Instagrammable spray-painted heart mural and the wide glass frontage overlooking the main boulevard, which should make for some sunny summertime eating next year. Per a report filed with the city planning department, there could be room for some big drinking as well.

The first proposed restaurant is Ember & Peel, and people in the know are loosely describing as a wood-fired restaurant doing all-day service. That means room for breakfast, coffee and pastries in the morning, likely in the vein of something like Mixed Company in Silver Lake. Eater reached out to the Four Cafe team to get more details on the proposed restaurant, but so far hasn’t heard back. Per the Eastsider, diners should expect around 70 seats at the restaurant and a full line of alcohol.

Perhaps more interestingly is word that someone else is opening a craft distillery and restaurant as well on property, called Relentless. Apparently this concept is unrelated to the Four Cafe team, and will operate as its own restaurant and taproom, with roll-up front windows and the like.

Of course, this is far from the newest restaurant and bar development to come to Eagle Rock. A swoon of young families and nearby Occidental grads has pumped the market for places to eat, from the gorgeous dinner destination Red Herring to casual Italian option Posto Giusto to a new bar-arcade heading for a former plumbing supply store on Eagle Rock Boulevard.

Update: This post has been tweaked to reflect the news that the distillery is unattributed to the Four Cafe team, but is still happening.