Popular Grand Central Market stall Lucky Bird is ready to fly, landing an upcoming second location in the heart of Eagle Rock on Colorado Boulevard. The new restaurant space will offer more room for chef/owner Chris Dane to mix things up, expanding beyond just fried chicken sandwiches and takeaway service.
The upcoming Lucky Bird lands at the former home of Eagle Rock Public House, the laid-back brewery-focused gastropub from Ting Su that closed in November after six years. Dane tells Eater that he’ll use the larger kitchen and available dining room to turn this Lucky Bird into a more robust casual dining option, with room for 50 or so diners inside once full capacity is allowed. The building’s roll-up windows should offer plenty of ventilation and a nice breeze come summertime, too.
While things are still in early stages, Dane says he’s hopeful that he’ll be able to open the Eagle Rock restaurant by June of this year. As for specific new menu items, that’s all still in flux, though there are signs that this new outlet (and updated menu) could be a first step into larger expansion for the three-year-old company. For the Eagle Rock location Dane has partnered with Rick and Elise Wetzel, co-founders of Wetzel’s Pretzels and owners of Blaze Pizza. If the names sound familiar, they should; the Wetzel clan has helped to bring massive growth to a number of restaurants over the years, including the team from Dave’s Hot Chicken.
Expect the new Lucky Bird Eagle Rock to join the greater Los Angeles fried chicken sandwich fight come summertime. The current top contender in the battle? Mei Lin’s Daybird.