Thursday, July 13, 2006

Damn You, Hollywood Magic!



Add us to the list of Atwater Village-adjacent bloggers who were disappointed to discover that the new Habibis Cafe on Glendale Blvd. is a complete fraud.

Actually, that's not entirely true: It will exist... but as a Middle Eastern restaurant in the film "AmericanEast." Pat has the details:

Did you think a new Middle Eastern restaurant was coming to Atwater? Well, not unless Tony Shalhoub is the head chef. The film AmericanEast, about Arab-Americans, constructed an realistic-looking restaurant set in the former Manila Oriental market space on Glendale Blvd., just up the street from Osteria Nonni. Filming will continue for another few weeks.

That was disappointing news for Miles (who took the above photo):

Saturday, I'm on my regular constitutional through the neighborhood of Atwater Village and, lo and behold, a new middle eastern restaurant where before was a longrunning Philipino Market. I'm thrilled. THRILLED. I haven't had a good falafel since I lived in Hollywood and Me and Me at the corner of Crescent Heights and Santa Monica closed. THRILLED!

So, Wednesday night after work, I decide to walk by and maybe purchase some falafel and hummus. Well, upon close inspection, it's closed. Looks great, though. Big counter, nice floor, few tables...but wait. There are two tall stands. Could it be? Is it possible?

Nope, it wasn't possible. Meanwhile, the Atwater Village Newbie also weighs in:

But if AmericanEast turns out to be some kind of Arab-American Pulp Fiction cult hit, our disappointed hunger may someday turn to hipster boasting.

Oh, you should have seen it, we'll say. That's exactly the spot where Tony Shaloub gets into it with Al Faris. Classic!

Sad to also hear that Osteria Nonni, which was a great go-to place for simple but solid Italian (and not to mention a baby-friendly spot to bring Evan) is in the process of being sold. Miles, in Pat's comments section (feel the blog love!) reports that Nonni will shut down at the end of the month.

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