Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Park's Party - 4 Years

Last night The Park Restaurant held an Anniversary Party for itself. Hard to believe that 4 years have passed since this dining gem opened in a neighborhood that was starving for better restaurants and good food, but time has a way of slipping by.
It was a marvelous, intimate party for itself, complete with make your own tacos and spicy wings, which as per the food, were excellent!
Beer and Wine flowed as did the conversations with new and old clientele.

Josh, the owner has redone and revamped the menu season after season, and all the time with more creative and delicious dishes.
This is the restaurant I recommend most often to people in L.A., so if you live in any part of Los Angeles, you better get over here!
A Big Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to the excellent Park Restaurant!

1400 Sunset Blvd
at the corner of Douglas
in Echo Park, CA.
Tel: 213/482.9209
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Echo Park Boathouse gets Bronzed

The formerly beige Echo Park Lake Boathouse is now sporting a new bronze – or is it Harvest Gold? – paint color and copper collar under the lighthouse as part of  an extensive renovation of the 80-year old building. Is this the original color? It’s hard to say. Project manager Ohaji K. Abdalla with the city’s Bureau of Engineering said:
The color shown at this time is the final stucco coat.  Due to the many stucco fixes performed on the building , without proper preservation techniques, we cannot source the original color of the building.  The color chosen is typical for Spanish Colonial buildings of this era.
While the $1.3 million project is nearly complete, the new bronze boathouse won’t be opened until the $65 million clean up and rehabilitation of Echo Park Lake is finished sometime next year.

From theeastsiderLA  http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2012/03/echo-parks-boat-house-gets-bronzed/

When will the lotus bloom again in Echo Park Lake?

Check back in 2015!
When Echo Park Lake’s clean up is  completed next year, one of the last jobs of the $65 million project will be the replanting of the legendary lotus bed that once bloomed in the northwest corner of the lake.  The lotus, which by some accounts were  believed to be planted during the late 1920s, died off about four years ago, with a city report unable to pinpoint what  killed the floating bed of floppy green leaves and pom-pom sized blooms.  Biologists and others working on the $65 million Echo Park Lake project  said at one point that the new lotus bed could be replanted with different varieties of lotus, which would bloom in different shades of color instead of the uniform pink and cream flowers that had grown in the lake.  So, what kind of lotus will bloom anew in Echo Park Lake?  Apparently officials in charge decided to stick with tradition.
Michelle Vargas, a spokeswoman for the city’s Public Works department, said the city will order 92 tubers and 286, four-gallon containers of what’s called Sacred Lotus – Nelumbo nucifera – to duplicate the now dead lotus bed.  The blooms from the plants supplied by an aquatic nursery will stick with the pink-and-cream color palate.  A new observation platform on the Glendale Boulevard side of the lake will provide park visitors with an elevated view of the flowers.
But Echo Park lotus lovers will have be patient. Even though the new lotus will be planted sometime next year, it will take at least two years for the plants to establish themselves, Vargas said.
From the EastsiderLA http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2012/03/when-will-the-lotus-bloom-again-in-echo-park-lake-check-back-in-2015/
Echo Park lotus bed in 2005. Photo by Martin Cox