Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Flora Kitchen shuts down!...and more

Longtime La Brea lunch spot Flora Kitchen has closed its doors...although the Rita Flora flower shop remains open. A flower shop employee says the space will turn into some type of Asian noodle shop in as early as three weeks...

Want to open a restaurant or a shop? Eating L.A. reader and Los Feliz real estate agent Eugene Ridenour let us know that there's a prime spot available at the corner of Prospect and Hillhurst...deets on his Eastside Real Estate blog. How about some Asian noodle love on this side of town, huh?

Don't miss Russ Parsons' story on the history of Chinese restaurants in L.A. in today's LA Times. Parsons even references the cool Chinese restaurant history exhibit we caught in New York.

Yawn...the New York Times weighs in on Pinkberry-mania.

Meanwhile, Eating L.A. checked out possibly the worst of all the Pinkberry imitators. Dance with Yogo in the Eagle Rock Mall has a novel self-serve system where you create your own yogurt mixture from the machines, then put your topping on, salad-bar-style, and get your yogurt weighed for 29 cents per ounce. The green tea was lacking any sort of flavor whatsoever, while the mango tasted pretty much like Ralph's brand orange sherbet. This yogurt thing is really getting out of hand...

6 comments:

anna b said...

Darn...when I first read that I thought it said "Flor Morena shuts down!" If only...Or wait...has it shut down for good?

Eugene Ridenour said...

Everyone wants to know what's going on with Flor Morena...Seems as though the owner of the business has closed indefinitely and is deciding what to do. She is paying her lease and is not sure if she will reopen or what??? that is the $64,000 question. when i hear of an update i'll be sure to let you know.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if across the street from Cap N Cork is a prime spot for a restaurant...

Eugene Ridenour said...

To: Anonymous - I am curious what you think would be an ideal tenant or business to occupy the space at Hillhurst and Prospect?

Anonymous said...

I heard that the Hillhurst & Prospect space is already in the process, papers filed with the city for a 120 seat place. Where the heck you gonna put 120 seats and park all those cars. I also heard Home on Hillhurst is trying to double their size ,60 to 112, and stay open later, where they gonna put the seats and park their cars, oh and I am sure that all these addition restaurant guests will be very quiet going to their cars at 2 in the morning. I love seeing this revitalization of my neighborhood, but it needs to balance with the community and the other businesses. How many more restaurants can we put on Vermont & Hillhurst. I hope Councilperson LaBonge does not let all these restaurants & bars get out of control!

Anonymous said...

Darn! I am so sorry to hear about this. There are some good memories for me at Flora Kitchen. I will never forget meeting Mara S. for coffee there back in 1994 (even though nothing came of it!). I was looking to visit this week, googled "Flora Kitchen", and this is what I find. Life...what can you say?