Echo Park’s sleepy hillside area above Sunset is getting a compact new wine bar called Tilda next week. The project, which has been in the works for some time, is part of a small collection of spaces and restaurant ideas landing at 1507 Echo Park Avenue in the near future, including a co-working area and a Roman-focused Italian restaurant called Etti. Owner Jason Goldman and Stayner Architects, co-owners and designers behind the property, previously told Eater that Tilda would do lunch and dinner service, with light bites from former Bar Calo chef Carrie Funk. Diners can stop in for a quick drink and food, or buy a bottle retail for home starting February 6.
In other news:
— Yelp is testing out health score alerts for some of its listed restaurants, says Restaurant Hospitality. The company plans to flag restaurants with “extremely low” ratings (think a C from the health department) by showing customers a pop-up alert.
— Orange County-based waffle and fried chicken shop Bruxie has inked a deal for national expansion, with plans to open 18 domestic locations across Alabama, Georgia, Florida, California, and Colorado, plus two dozen international outlets.
— The backyard LA chef known as Avi Cue is doing a one-night pop-up at Bar Bandini in Echo Park tonight, serving wagyu beef shawarma sandwiches out on the back patio in the evening. The last time this pop-up happened at barbecue restaurant Slab, it sold out in basically minutes.
— The Magic Castle has replaced chef Jason Fullilove with Alex Arrieta, who comes to the private club in Hollywood by way of the Culver Hotel and, before that, the Hook and Plow in Hermosa Beach.
— Ocean at Main from chef Craig Strong will close on February 5 in Laguna Beach after two years.
— An “open-air food court” is coming to the Glendale Galleria, reports the Glendale News-Press. Expect room for half-a-dozen food trucks and around 10 standalone shipping container pods that also hold micro restaurants, all to open this fall.
— Burgers by Standings is back for a limited pop up this Friday and Saturday night inside Breakfast by Salt’s Cure in West Hollywood. Expect the usual burgers as well as a bacon cheeseburger and “Manimal-style” burger. Hours run 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The menu is below.