New York pizza purveyor Two Boots is now open in Echo Park next to the Echo. Reservation for Three has some early thoughts. They plan to be open until 2 am on weekends.
Like Silver Lake and Los Feliz, South Pasadena is over-pizza-ed and under-everything elsed. Coming soon to add to Nonna's, Mamma's, Carmine's, Little Parlor, Round Table, Papa Johns, etc. is something called Garlic Jim's. Apparently it's a franchise that also has locations in Pasadena and Burbank, with some offering gluten-free pizza as well. It will be across the parking lot from Bristol Farms. Anyone tried it?
And before we leave the Pasadena area, Dots Cupcakes had a line down the street for its opening this past weekend in Old Town. This store should draw more traffic than their sort of obscure Arroyo Blvd. location, and their cupcakes are quite nice, but still...cupcake stores are still opening?
This spot on Third St. near Normandie (right) used to be a pretty low-key dive bar, with super cheap drinks and old men staring into their beer while bad music played on the jukebox (don't ask me how I know that.) Now it's going to be a Traditional Korean pub.
The Olive is now open on Hillhurst in Los Feliz. With Cafe Bravo (hopefully) opening soon, this marks a good year for Middle Eastern Food in the hood. Here's some details from FoodGPS.