Just a little preview of the upcoming neighborhood news I'm working on for the Los Feliz Ledger...
Longtime Chinese favorite (or perhaps, just one of the few Chinese restaurants in the area at all) Chi Dynasty is being asked to move by its landlord, who is opening his own Chinese restaurant in the same Hillhurst Ave. spot. Jonathan Chi will move Chi Dynasty down the street to 1813 Hillhurst, near the Rustic Inn, in the space which currently houses Eastside Records. Since the space will need remodeling, there may be a few months gap between the time he moves and the time Chi re-opens in the new spot.
Melanie Tusquellas is a busy restarateur...she recently bought out partner Patti Peck at the Edendale Grill, and plans to upgrade the menu with more steaks, more seafood and more bar food. And her makeover of El Chavo is coming along...the chef and menu remain the same for now, but she'll be gradually introducing more healthy, modern Mexican dishes. In the meantime, El Chavo is now open until midnight on weeknights and 2 am on weekends for your margarita-imbibing pleasure. And on Thursdays, you can catch former X-man D.J. Bonebrake playing with a Latin jazz combo. There were even rumors she was taking over the Wild Hare in Highland Park, but Tusquellas says that's not so.
And Il Capriccio's new pizzeria is supposed to open Feb. 19 on Hollywood Blvd. near Hillhurst...cross your fingers!