Downtown to get its very own Malo in 2009
Downtown residents will have another reason to rejoice next year: A new Malo restaurant will open in a loft-heavy area of the increasingly residential neighborhood. Malo’s co-owner, Mitchell Frank, confirmed to the Daily Dish that a new offshoot of his popular Silver Lake Mexican restaurant/bar will open up before the end of 2009 on 7th Street near Grand Avenue.
Malo, which opened its Sunset Boulevard location in 2003, has become a fixture for Eastside hipsters who have a hankering for "Mexican tapas" with an upscale twist, and it remains popular despite a recession (although the restaurant portion of Malo does better business in the summer, when the patio scene heats up).
And while downtown has its fair share of new restaurants, expect Malo’s name recognition to help the eatery stand apart from competitors when it finally bows in late ’09.
-- Charlie Amter
Photo: Patrons at Silver Lake's Malo. Credit: Axel Koester / For The Times