Altadena is readying itself for a brand new all-day restaurant called Deodara’s, featuring coffee, pizza, natural wine, and a whole lot more. Better still: the neighborhood restaurant is being run by a local.
Kevin Hockin, who has previously founded places like Collage Coffee in Highland Park and worked with ownership to open Burgerlords, is keen to make Deodara’s a special kind of local hangout. Not only is Hockin himself an Altadena resident, the name of the restaurant itself is a nod to the many local deodar cedar trees, including those found along iconic Christmas Tree Lane.
Deodara’s takes over the former Amy’s Patio Cafe on Altadena Drive. Hockin tells Eater that the plan is to overhaul the property and turn it into a day-to-night restaurant charmer. There will be espresso drinks and drip coffee available daily starting at 7 a.m., along with simple pastries (made in house under the guidance of former Providence pastry vet David Rodriguez) and lunchtime salads, sandwiches, and simple entrees. There will also be a takeaway section with premade dishes and grab-and-go retail items. The morning portion of Deodara’s will run until 2 p.m.
At 5 p.m. Deodara’s will flip to a more convivial evening restaurant focused around pizzas. Andy Kadin of Bub & Grandma’s is helping to create the pizza using his own bread and baking background, and is also a partner in the project. Newcomer chef Pete Davidson, who hails from the Midwest, will oversee the day-to-day dinner menu, which also includes entrees, salads, and more. Expect craft beers and natural wines too.
As for timing, Hockin says that Deodara’s will open in the spring of next year, though there is no formal timetable. That lines up nicely with Altadena’s other recently-announced incoming restaurant, the healthy-leaning Amara Kitchen from Highland Park.
Deodara’s. 900 E. Altadena Drive, Los Angeles.