The Eastsider reported last month that Jason Michaud, owner of Silver Lake’s Local restaurant, had leased the former Phoenix Bakery building on Echo Park Avenue. This week, Michaud’s partner, chef Mario Orellana, gives Daily Dish a peek at what the pair have planned for their restaurant to be called Red Hill, a reference to Echo Park’s once large community of socialists and communists (though some long-time residents said it was called “Red Gulch”). Orellana, according to Daily Dish, describes Red Hill as a “neo-American diner”:
Red Hill is still a work in progress, but Orellana says the menu will be based on the rich mix of cultural flavors found in Los Angeles.”I hate the word fusion,” he said. “In L.A. you’re starting to see a lot of people identify with flavors from different cultures because it’s just part of our upbringing.”
The restaurant is to have a dining room and a large counter looking in on an open kitchen. The idea is to create a sense of levity and space. Craft beers are to be served alongside an eclectic wine list, and plans include serving breakfast, brunch and lunch with a brief respite before the restaurant reopens for dinner.
What would the old communists and socialists of Echo Park think of craft beers and “neo-American” dining?