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New Owners Emerge for Silver Lake’s 44-Year-Old Cuban Restaurant

Plus Chicago favorite Harold’s Chicken Shack gets set to open, finally

Cafe Tropical, Silver Lake
Cafe Tropical
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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.

The Cafe is safe

Silver Lake’s iconic 44-year-old Cafe Tropical has a familiar new ownership group. The Sunset Boulevard Cuban restaurant has been taken over by the folks from El Cochinito nearby, thus keeping the Cuban connection strong between the two addresses. Owner Daniel Navarro tells Eater that the plan is to simply overlap the two businesses operationally behind the scenes, without dramatically changing Cafe Tropical. There is one big potential future addition though; a curbside takeaway window for late-night eats.

A legend arrives

Chicago legend Harold’s Chicken Shack is set to open in Hollywood next month, some two years since first being widely announced. The restaurant has started up mock service nights with an eye towards opening next week as a sit-down restaurant with a full bar and lots of TVs for watching sports. 6523 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.

More coffee

Glendale’s busy Highlight Coffee is expanding, adding a new location at the northern edge of Pasadena, bordering Altadena.

Chef alert

There’s a new chef in the kitchen at the Draycott in Pacific Palisades. British chef Josh Mason is now in at the Palisades Village restaurant, following stints working for Daniel Boulud and others overseas.

News by the beach

Speaking of chefs, The Pier House has started staffing up in the kitchen. The Venice restaurant has brought on Terry Kim (Otium, Republique) as executive chef, alongside pastry chef Ashley Kendig and executive sous Kaitlyn Smith. Both the Pier House and Cartolina expect to open next month.

Grocery goodness

The Del Amo Fashion Center is leaning further into its food offerings with the announcement this week that Mitsuwa Marketplace will join the sprawling property later this year. The gigantic Japanese supermarket not only holds countless dry goods and prepared meats and seafood, it also sports a pretty well-known food court offering ramen and beyond. This new location will have its own 3,500 square foot patio as well.

Up and running

Krab Queenz has opened in South Park in the former Testa space at 1111 S. Hope Street. The seafood restaurant is owned by popular social media comedian Kwaylon Rogers.