With all of the Sturm und Drang about the economic tsunami barreling towards California, it’s kind of curious to see three spaces at the intersection of Silver Lake Blvd. and Effie being turned into pricey new restaurants. Obviously, they all were ambitiously conceived during sunnier financial times– talk about whiplash.
Reservoir is set to open at the end of the month, finally, after what seemed like an interminable renovation. Aside from some behind-the-scenes drama I heard someone gossiping about at a recent child’s birthday party I attended, it’s got a reality show/celebrity chef and the building looks great– nothing like the garage-esque feel of Netty’s, the locally beloved restaurant that operated there for 18 years, “before Silver Lake was cool,” according to the sign that used to hang out front. Hopefully, Reservoir won’t piss off what’s left of the cool kids with its $16 burger.
Michaelangelo, the Italian restaurant across Silver Lake Blvd., was forced out by a steep rent increase and the small space is now being turned into another Italian joint named Domenico. No word on when they are opening, although Michaelangelo relocated and reopened on Rowena near Glendale Blvd.
Right next door to Reservoir, the site of the former Back Door Bakery, also forced out by a rent increase, is being turned into a restaurant too. I peeked in late one night to see workers painting large green leaf graphics on the walls–probably to beckon the money gods.
These three places, along with the fairly new LAMill Coffee Boutique (I swear that’s its real name, at least according to Huell Howser) are all within 100 feet of each other, surrounding the 7-11 on the corner of Effie, where you can still get a hot dog and a large coffee for around $4. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see which price points area wallets will open for.