Noticeably absent from the curvy bar inside the new Bon Vivant Market is, well, alcohol! The Glendale Boulevard restaurant has applied for a full liquor license, a topic which the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council will be taking up tomorrow night, Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 pm.
The Neighborhood Council’s Board of Directors will act on an advisory level when it comes to recommending Bon Vivant’s liquor license approval to the city.
Also on the agenda, a presentation from the High Speed Rail Authority, as well as electing committee members such as the Fall Festival and Tree Lighting chairs. The meeting takes place at at Christ’s Church of Griffith Park at 3852 Edenhurst Avenue.
The Atwater Village Neighborhood Council elections take place on Saturday, October 6, 2012, and all of the candidates for the Atwater Village seats have been posted on the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment website.
There are some familiar faces running for these seats, but a Candidate Forum this weekend is the perfect chance to get to know everyone and their platforms. Light refreshments will be served.
The forum takes place on Saturday, September 15 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Christ’s Church of Griffith Park – 3852 Edenhurst Avenue.
Click here for the Facebook invite.
Image via Atwater Village News
About a year and a half ago, a Pat & Oscar’s shut its doors for good in that big Costco shopping center along the Los Feliz Boulevard part of Atwater Village. In just a few days, the new Souplantation will open its doors after months of construction.
While the official grand opening will be on Monday, September 17, 2012, the restaurant chain will hold a “Pre Opening Fundraiser” benefiting the Glendale Arts. The all-you-can-eat restaurant will open on Friday, September 14 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, and Saturday, September 15 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. With a $5.00 donation you can try out Souplantation, and 100% of the proceeds will go to the organization.
Oddly, these companies keep calling these its “Glendale” location. Pat & Oscars (pictured), thanks Glendale on its closing announcement. And the Souplantation’s Facebook announcement sparked a debate as to whether the location should be called Glendale versus Atwater Village. The company seems to have conceded to the latter.
Souplantation is located at 2901 Los Feliz Blvd.
Glendale Boulevard is seeing a surge of new businesses and activity in the past couple of years, what with the opening of Proof Bakery, Bon Vivant Market, Links n Hops, and more. Two more spaces are gearing up to open on the popular main street of Atwater Village, including a Boba cafe and a new music venue.
Boba Loca is taking over A Boutique for Little Tots at the lower end of street at 3121 Glendale Boulevard. The menu includes, of course, Boba, shakes, smoothies, coffee, and “slush coolers” with flavors like Honeydew. Eater LA says it plans on opening up in three months (so November or December).
Just up the street at 3149 Glendale Boulevard is Vox Populi, a “a pop up music venue” by Kaldi Coffee and Jacknife Records & Taps. Vox Populi is Latin for “voice of the people.”
Last Wednesday night was not only another fabulous Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce mixer. For the second year in a row, the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce has honored a distinguished member of the community with the coveted “Villager of the Year” award. This year, the honor went to Shelli-Anne Couch, who helped raise thousands of dollars for Atwater Elementary School at a major local fundraising event this year, as well as raising funds to keep the school’s library open.
The “Villager of the Year” award is determined by community nominations and the Chamber’s votes. The Chamber looks for someone “whose noteworthy good deeds has served to preserve the uniqueness of our community or improved those areas that need improvement.”
It was touching when Shelli-Anne’s name was announced – our own brief interactions with her this year have been genuine and heartfelt. She truly deserved the award!
Because many, many individuals in Atwater Village contribute to the positive development of the community, the honorable mentions were not forgotten. Atwater Elementary Principal Charles Smith has improved student scores tremendously, and has been a staple in the community. Sandra Caravella is a founding member of the Friends of Atwater Village, and a long-time resident of the neighborhood.
Ventura Sons & Masonry hosted the Mixer
Family-run business Ventura Sons & Masonry (Alex Ventura and wife wife Andy) hosted the event in their back yard, and along with a delicious spread of food the local brewery, Golden Road Brewing, provided libations.
Congratulations to Shelli-Anne, and to Atwater Village for having so many great volunteers!
Villager of the Year Shelli-Anne Couch and Andy Hasroun, President of the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce
Villager of the Year Shelli-Anne Couch and Atwater Village Elementary Principal Charles Smith
Kama Sushi shut its doors in the last couple of months, likely because it wasn’t exactly a Yelpers dream sushi spot. The closure and recent construction spurred a flurry of rumors about what would replace it, but now we can put those rumors to rest.
Behind the new restaurant are Marc Kreiner, Charles Lew, and Alex Kagianaris of the popular burger and beer restaurant Stout. Lew was inspired by his Scottish heritage, thus was born the Scotch-centric gastropub they are calling The Morrison.
“I wanted to do a restaurant that would pay homage to Scotland and show my appreciation for the time I spent growing up there and the people including my mother Agnes Morrison who make the country so special. It’s a culture very rich in tradition and possessing of some incredible culinary fare. Look for a modern interpretation of some true Highland kitchen favorites in an atmosphere that tastefully blends tradition with modern day comforts,” said Lew in an email.
Spacecraft is behind the new design, which is described as a “modern minimalist interpretation” (see the renderings below). Like most new restaurants, no word on an opening date, but we’ll keep on it!
The Golden Road Brewing team of beer lovers are, following a great Echo Park crawl, bringing the pub crawl to Atwater Village this Friday night.
Here’s the agenda for the tour of beers:
Bill’s Liquor (tasting) from 6:00-7:30 pm
Tam O’Shanter from 8:00-9:00 pm
Bigfoot Lodge from 9:30-10:30 pm
The Griffin at 11:00 pm
Click here for a map of the route, or check out the Facebook page for the event for more information.
Give your AC a break (if you’ve got one!) and head out for a night on the town amongst your fellow Villagers! Friday night is the return of the Atwater Village Summer Nights on the Boulevard.
Explore some shops you’ve never entered before, swing your hips to some great local, love music, and join in on other family-friendly, neighborly activities. Noteworthy events are Hugo’s Tacos Ice Cream Social (you know where it is!), art & jewelery galleries, music entertainment, and other businesses along Glendale Boulevard that will remain open late.
Goes on from 6-10:00 pm. See you there!
The Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Summer Shindig & Business Mixer” at Ventura & Son Masonry in North Atwater Village. Mark your calendars – this is happening tomorrow night!
In addition to swapping business cards with local business people, Golden Road Brewing will be providing libations. The Chamber will also announce this year’s Atwater Villager of the Year award to a noteworthy village “whose good deeds has severed to preserve the uniqueness of our community or improved those areas that need improvement.”
Click here to RSVP. See you there!
Ventura & Sons Masonry is located at 4111 Chevy Chase Drive.
Be sure to head over to Links N Hops Thursday, August 2, for its official grand opening celebration. Owner Andy Hasroun (who also owns 55 Degree Wine next door) is offering up complimentary sausage and beer samples, as well as a complimentary wine tasting for those who venture through the new gastro pub’s doors.
A must-have are the Belgian fries with the spicy ketchup. The sausages varieties are plentiful and come snuggled in fresh rolls baked specifically for Links N Hops. The gastro pub also features a delightful selection of 23 beers on tap that include local craft brews as well as international choices.
Andy also added in a few tables in front for outdoor drinking and dining in our beautiful Los Angeles weather.
Lastly, August 2 is IPA Day so be sure to order your favorite IPA in celebration!
Click here to read our review of Links N Hops.