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