The Highland Park bar once known as Marty’s reopened this week with a new name – Cafe Lobos – and a more ambitious menu. Chef Jasmine Wolf, a Highland Park resident who has worked at Wurstkuche in downtown L.A., has overseen the transformation of the York Boulevard bar opened by Rudy Martinez, who also owns Mia Sushi in Eagle Rock and tried unsuccessfully to unseat Jose Huizar as District 14 councilman. “I live in Highland Park and had been looking for a place to open my restaurant,” said Wolf, who serves as head chef and co-owner. “I approached Rudy with my ideas and he loved them. We really want our neighborhood to have more options and be a destination for Angelenos.”
What’s the main difference between Marty’s and Cafe Lobos? “We are a restaurant with a full bar instead of being a club/bar with food,” Wolf said via email.
Cafe Lobos’ menu will feature local and California-grown and raised food and many seasonal dishes. Wolf provided a sample of the comfort foods that will be served from breakfast to dinner:
Breakfast nachos, dutch babies, pigs in a pig blanket, Twinkie pancakes etc … Lunch includes a Big Lobo burger with two patties and a fried egg … Happy Hour is vegan sliders, naughty nachos, angel or devil wings (devil is hot hot hot) and dinner we have queso fondito, vegi or beef bangers and mash; the DJ is a Kobe steak, hot wings and tums; babyback ribs with fried polenta and green beans. Our dessert includes a salted caramel bacon brownie; banana pudding parfait; deep fried Twinkies with raspberry coulis.
The remodeled restaurant, redone with brighter colors and plans for displaying local artwork, is not leaving any customers behind. “We are making baby food and dog food for our K9 friends,” Wolf said.”We have a back patio for dogs and their people.”
Cafe Lobos is currently serving dinner only at half price during a soft opening. The grand opening will take place on Friday, Nov. 4. Click here for hours and menu information.