After just a few months of renovating the former Kama Sushi on Los Feliz Boulevard, The Morrison will officially open this Monday, December 17.
There are over 40 beers on tap with a price range from $6-9. Belgians, California microbrews, IPAs and more – our favorites include Mikkeller, holiday beers like St Bernardus Christmas Ale, and even a couple of sours. There’s also a craft cocktail list.
Vegan eaters may want to stick to the bar, as the menu is the typical meat-heavy Scottish fare. Menu items include Roasted Chicken with Wild Mushroom Hash and Leeks, Black Pudding Risotto, Haggis Sliders, Meat Pie, and Ice Cream Sandwiches.
The Morrison took over the former Kama Sushi location in August
The Morrison is located at 3179 Los Feliz Boulevard.
We’ve been eying and anxiously awaiting the opening of yet another new place to stuff our faces (and, why not, get a little tipsy) in Atwater Village – Bon Vivant Market. At first we kind of envisioned it like a mini Whole Foods – a salad and sandwich bar, other freshly prepared foods, maybe an occasional wine tasting, that sort of thing. But it’s actually a little bit more than that, which everyone will get a first-hand look at tomorrow for the market’s soft opening starting at 11:00 am.
Before we go into the details, open up your iTunes and put on a little Francoise Hardy to set the mood. The important thing to think about is it’s not exactly like a grocery store market (but don’t nix the Whole Foods/Mother’s Market comparison completely). It’s more like an indoor market, slash cafe, slash bar, slash restaurant.
There are no signs of the Jubilee Adult Daycare Center, which shut down last year.All the storefront doors are open to the Glendale Boulevard sidewalk, through which you can walk in and have your choice of (starting from the right side of the building) charcuterie and sandwiches in the savory section, desserts and pastries in the sweets section, coffee and tea, and/or anything from the full bar (including 16 wine taps). The ideas is that you order from any station, get your number, and have a seat at the large communal tables or cafe tables at the front.
In the kitchen is Chef “Bloody” Bill Annesely, but don’t let the name scare you off – there will be plenty of vegan and vegetarian options available. Lunch will be more along the lines of the small bites, meats, sausages, and so forth. Dinner will be a little more upscale and may include a cocktail server or two to help get those drink orders of yours in.
Owner Tricia LaBelle emailed some more details about what to expect:
We will be featuring fresh veggie salads, cous cous dishes,Ggreek yogurt and home made granolas, incredible waffles and crepes for both sweet and savor palates. Fresh made soups and sandwiches as well as a featured carving station for our meat lovers. Extensive line of fromage and charcuterie and luxury Chocolates. Alain Milliat and Valerie Kelly Jams and Nectars, Oliana Oils and Balsamics, A L’Olivier dressings…. just to name a few of our favorites! Our Wine menu is designed by TIXA and our bar will feature delicious fruity and savory martinis, champagnes and fine cognacs. Ice Teas from Calistoga as well as fresh made lemonades, sodas and juices.
Now that all the permits and parking issues have been sorted out with the city, the soft opening starts tomorrow (Friday, June 29) at 11:00 am. A grand opening is expected in September.
We will be featuring fresh veggie salads, cous cous dishes, greek yogurt and home made granolas, incredible waffles and crepes for both sweet and savor palates. Fresh made soups and sandwiches as well as a featured carving station for our meat lovers. Extensive line of fromage and charcuterie and luxury Chocolates. Alain Milliat and Valerie Kelly Jams and Nectars, Oliana Oils and Balsamics, A L’Olivier dressings…. just to name a few of our favorites! Our Wine menu is designed by TIXA (http://www.tixawinecellars.com/) and our bar will feature delicious fruity and savory martinis, champagnes and fine cognacs. Ice Teas from Calistoga as well as fresh made lemonades, sodas and juices.
Setting up the Christmas tree. Photo by Cindy Marie Jenkins
Thursday is the 20th Annual Atwater Village Tree Lighting ceremony!
And it might actually be a little chilly, so we’ll definitely enjoy some delicious hot chocolate while we wait for the count down!
The 50-year-old, 80-foot tall California Redwood Tree on Glendale Boulevard (lovingly deemed the Charley Brown Christmas tree) was recently adorned with holiday lights and ornaments (pictured). The tree lighting celebration is a great tradition and draws hundreds of people from all over Los Angeles, as well as Atwater Village community leaders, and even Santa Claus! The LA Fire Department and Santa will initiate the lighting of the tree, schools and organizations will perform, and special dignitaries will make some presentations.
The tradition was initiated by the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce in 1991, but has expanded with the active involvement of the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council as well as community groups, businesses, religious institutions, individual volunteers and the City of Los Angeles.
Atwater Village Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday December 1, 2011 at 6:00pm
Wells Fargo Parking lot in Atwater Village, 3250 Glendale Boulevard
You may have heard about the review website Yelp’s interest in Atwater Village, but if you haven’t here’s the low-down: Yelp! has put together a 10-day promotion in Atwater Village aimed at “celebrating” businesses along Los Feliz Blvd., Glendale Blvd. and Casitas Avenue. Tonight is the kick-off for the 10-day promotion, which takes place on Casitas Avenue at the new Atwater Crossing Kitchen. If you RSVP’d ahead of time, the kick-off party includes complimentary wood-fired pizzas, flatbreads, and pastries, as well as as wine and beer.
But if you didn’t RSVP for tonight or can’t make the event, have no fear! There are more events going on for a few more days:
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This weekend is full of festivals, artwalks, and plenty of celebrations around Northeast LA – after you’ve gotten your groove on nearby at the Echo Park Shop Hop and Art Walk, spend some time in Elysian Valley for the Sixth Annual Frogtown Artwalk!
The artwalk is a free, self-guided tour of art studios and galleries throughout Elysian Valley (around Blake Avenue). And to make it extra special, there’s the refurbished LA River bike/pedestrian path to explore.
The streets of Elysian Valley will be humming with activity, and with many art studios to visit and music to hear, you’re not going to run out fun. Events include:
- Community Gardens Event on Rich Street
- Chalk Walk, Fluxus Water Events, and a “Name Dropping” interactive event at the Blake Lofts
- Juried Art Show at Frogtown Gallery
- Hula Hoops on Blake Avenue
- Eclectic Jazz Sounds at 2808 Newell
- Food trucks like Tacos Kevin, Don Chows, Chunk n’ Chip, and Tornado Patato
- Art and Music (including The Lonely Wild) at RAC Design/Build
- Music and t-shirt printing at NOMAD gallery
- Christening of a mural covering three walls of a building featuring the Elysian Valley lowriders
- and more!
See you there!
6th Annual Frogtown Artwalk
September 24, 2011
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Atwater's own brewery, Golden Road Brewery, making beer!
The best part of the start of Fall? Forget the turning of the leaves, the changing of seasons – it’s Los Angeles, after all. The best part of fall is, of course, Octoberfest! And just in time for our favorite beer-filled month (including LA Beer Week), local Atwater Village brewery Golden Road Brewing is releasing its first batch of delicious local beer for all to enjoy!
Tom O’Shanter Inn just announced it has tapped the first keg of the brewery’s Hefeweizen, snagging up the first keg sold to the public. According The Inn describes the type of brew on its Facebook page: “It’s a delicious German style Hefe, brewed with honey and northern California citrus fruit. It’s yeasty, with hints of citrus on the finish.”
Golden Road Brewery is also releasing its first IPA, called “Point The Way IPA,” to hit bars this weekend. This brew is a lower alcohol content than most IPAs (5.2% compared to the usual 6.5%). LA Weekly describes the flavor as “mild with a light, fruity quality to the hops, befitting what master brewer Jon Carpenter refers to as a ‘simple, straightforward beer.’”
In addition to trying out the IPA at Tom O’Shanter Inn tonight, the IPA and Hefeweizen will be available at the following locations starting this weekend:
- Saturday, September 24 at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank
- Sunday, September 25 at Mohawk Bend in Echo Park
- Monday, September 26 at 38 Degrees in Alhambra
- Wednesday, September 28 at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood
Golden Road Brewery will have its grand opening of the tasting room on October 16, 2011. More info TBA!
Congratulations to Golden Road Brewery for tapping their first kegs!
Golden Road Brewery is located at 5410 San Fernando Rd.
A Public Hearing Notice posted recently in the parking lot of this Glendale Boulevard mini-mall indicates what we think is an expansion of our favorite Atwater Village wine & beer spot, 55 Degree Wine.
The notice for a conditional use permit, which has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, September 21, 2011, announces that the 1,438 square-foot former H&R Block space is being transformed into a restaurant with 48 indoor seats and 32 outdoor seats. The conditional use permit will allow the sale of beer and wine only for on-site consumption from 8:00 am – midnight Sunday through Thursday, and until 1:00 am Friday and Saturday.
Andy Hasroun of 55 Degree Wine is listed as the applicant, along with the address 3105-3117 North Glendale Boulevard.
We are very excited – the wine cellar at 55 Degree Wine is a lovely, intimate setting that we frequent! We have contacted 55 Degree Wine to learn the details on what we can expect in the near future.
Send any correspondence (hint, hint, a support letter!) with the case number (ZA-2011-1677-CUB) to Jordann Turner at Jordann.Turner@lacity.org
Owner Andy Hasroun confirmed he is taking over the H&R Block location, which decided to vacate last March, and will transform it into a hip/artsy beer and sausage restaurant. The restaurant will have a separate name, but no decision has been made on the name yet.
They will have a couple of dozen beers from around the world on tap, starting at $6 and going up to $15 for the high-end, rare/limited beers. Also on the beer list – Tony Yanow’s latest brews from his Atwater Village brewery, Golden Road Brewing.
From the kitchen, a variety of sausages including vegan sausages (Andy wants to make sure there are plenty of options for his patrons) and lots of toppings (think Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank). Andy wants to make sure the whole menu from beer to food is affordable for all his future patrons, and is really excited to get things started.
After the public hearing next week, and following the 30-day grace period, construction of the restaurant will begin – including the installation of an exposed kitchen. He’s hoping to have everything finished up by Christmas this year!
Starting hours will be 11:00 am, serving lunch, to 11:00 pm for dinner and after dinner drinks.
And don’t worry – the 55 Degree Wine cellar will be business as usual, and may even offer the kitchen items from next door.
If you’re not familiar with 55 Degree Wine or Andy, stop by the place and say hi! He and the staff have done a great job with 55 Degree Wine, so feel free to send in your letter of support to the city for his new venture!
Like most Summer Nights on the Boulevard, we always end up in the cool cellar of 55 Degree Wine with our plate of food truck delights and a couple of glasses of beer or wine. Last night was a flight of Saison and Blonds brews (YUM! Try the Moinette blond and the Caracole Saxo), and there will be a next time soon – because we got ourselves a couple of Groupons!
Today’s featured deal is on for about another day and 8 hours (and counting), but you might want to jump on the 55% special for 55 Degree Wine. Here are the details:
- For $36, you get two wine flights (up to a $19 value each), one Taste of the World cheese and meat plate (a $25 value), and a pizza (a $12–$14 value; up to a $77 total value). Now this means that you and a friend can each have a flight.
- For $70, you get four wine flights (up to a $19 value each), two Taste of the World cheese and meat plates (a $25 value each), and two pizzas (a $12–$14 value each; up to a $154 total value). Again, one flight for each person will do you good – perhaps take the girlfriend and her parents?
- For $105, you get for six wine flights (up to a $19 value each), three Taste of the World cheese and meat plates (a $25 value each), and three pizzas (a $12–$14 value each; up to a $231 total value). Now this is a party – you and your six closest homies.
Click here to read the fine print of the deal and to purchase one!
Tomorrow (Thursday, July 280, 2011) is the second of three Summer Nights on the Boulevard. It’s fun to grab a friend and walk around the Boulevard, so hopefully we’ll see you around tomorrow night!
The Atwater Village Summer Nights on the Boulevard is hosted by the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council and supported by the Chamber of Commerce. Visit the event website for more information! The next Summer Nights on the Boulevard takes place on August 25, 2011.
Here’s the run-down for where to find what (thank you AVNC!):
Nila will be providing Family Fun from 5-7pm and Nila at Night offering childcare for $10 per hour so the grownups can tour the boulevard. 3010 Glendale Blvd (adjacent to the bridge).
Hypnotiq Solutions will be offering 2 free Mini Clay HypnoArt Workshops (ages 8-adult) 8:15-8:45pm and 9:00-9:30pm, 3405 Glendale Blvd.
Santosha Space & Hypnotiq Solutions are hosting Part II of the “Art on the Boulevard” Competition & Showcase 6-10pm, 3405 Glendale Blvd.
Wonderlock Kellerland is providing a French/Belgium DJ Party and groupshow of 20 Berlin artists 3149 Glendale Blvd.
Food and Drink
55 degrees will have food trucks 5-10pm, 3111 Glendale Blvd.
Atwater Village Farm Team is providing Toast and Jam 5-10pm, 3224 Glendale Blvd.
Music, Dance and Yoga
Revo Café hosting bands: College Girlfriend, Coby Brown, Ruthtub 6:30-10pm, 3134 Glendale Blvd.
Heartbeat House will provide high energy dance demos 3141 Glendale Blvd.
Brazilian Yoga and Pilates will be doing yoga and pilates demo at Kaldi 3147 Glendale Blvd.
Shop and Community
The Little Knittery will be hosting a one night only trunk show of super cute and simple knitting kits by Make-One.com 3195 Glendale Blvd.
The AVNC will be handing out free stickers and community calendars at Revo Cafe 3131 Glendale Blvd.
Alias Books East will be hosting the Atwater Village Book Signing 5-10pm, 3163 Glendale Blvd.
More businesses will be participating, but have yet to confirm their activities.
With the grand opening of Mohawk Bend in Echo Park just around the corner, restaurateur Tony Yanow is at it again – this time in Atwater Village. He may already have one restaurant (the fabulous Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank), the new 200 seat Mohawk Bend, and an expanding family (his wife recently had twins!), but that’s not stopping the work on Atwater’s new craft brewery, Golden Road Brewing.
Scheduled to open this fall, Golden Road Brewing is located at the north end of Atwater Village at 5410 San Fernando Rd. With about 39,000 feet to work with (there are three buildings), 7,000 of those will contain an 80-seat restaurant with an additional 72 patio seats, according to a public hearing notice. The other two bulidings will be utilized for storage and the actual beer brewing.
A public hearing today with the Department of City Planning will focus on granting the applicant (LA Brewing) a conditional use permit for the on-site consumption and off-site sales of beer and wine from 9:00 am – 11:00 pm daily.
Stakeholders can contact Jordan Turner at the Planning Department with comments or questions, referencing case number ZA 2011-0746.
You can follow Golden Road Brewery on Facebook to watch the construction process develop.
h/t The Eastsider LA for its various stories and notices!