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‘Little Beast’ to Serve Progressive American Comfort Food at Space Vacated by Larkin’s

After a few short-lived pop-ups at Le Petit Beaujolais last summer, the restaurant has found a permanent home in Eagle Rock.

Little Beast, the rustic American food restaurant that popped up for just a few nights in the summer of 2012 at Le Petit Beaujolais, is making a comeback in Eagle Rock.

Not as another pop-up but as a permanent restaurant: Little Beast will open in the space vacated last November by Larkin’s, a few blocks east of where the pop-up left its trail last time around on Colorado Boulevard, according to Deborah Schwartz, wife of Little Beast Chef Sean Lowenthal.

Schwartz, an agent to photographers who lives with her husband in South Pasadena, told Patch that they hope to launch their restaurant in about six weeks.

"We're still fleshing out the details," Bradley Tuck, Little Beast’s publicist, told Patch, adding that Lowenthal and Schwartz are currently in the midst of finalizing their lease on the property on 1496 Colorado Blvd., where the restaurant will be based. “With all the permits you have to go through, it could take two months.”

Lowenthal, who had been sous chef at the iconic Chateau Marmont in Hollywood until November, began looking for a permanent home for Little Beast along with his wife a little more than a year ago.

“We feel confident in knowing that Little Beast would fit perfectly into the neighborhood and that we will find the right space within this community," Schwartz told Patch columnist Kim Axelrod Ohanneson in July 2012.

The restaurant’s name comes from Schwartz’s term of endearment for her nine-year-old son Miles, from a previous marriage, Ohanneson wrote in her Eat/Drink/See Eagle Rock column.

Little Beast will serve “progressive American comfort food,” Tuck quoted chef Lowenthal as telling the Grub Street Los Angeles blog recently.

“While the couple's past pop-up dishes included an amuse bouche of edamame hummus, crab mango tostadas, and caprese spaghetti, among the many varied and seasonally-spiked plates, the new version of Little Beast plans on serving dishes that may include BLT greens with canided bacon, heirloom cherry tomatoes, plus shrimp and yellow grits with manchego cheese and tomato-cucumber mint salsa, and caramelized apple bruschetta with goat cheese," Grub Street Los Angeles reports.

Fair to say, then, that Patch speaks for many in Eagle Rock by extending a very warm welcome to Little Beast. And godspeed with those permits!

Mark Charles January 29, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Bring on the tasty!
geoduck January 29, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Sounds friggin delicious, hope everything goes smoothly for them!
nonoise January 29, 2013 at 04:29 PM
What is Progressive American Comfort Food? Sounds like a progressive democrat movement. Please post more details.
John Goldfarb January 29, 2013 at 04:30 PM
I hope they can get the owner to spring for a new roof on the building.
Jeff January 29, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Agree on the roof. on another note, I stopped by Meiaia's (New Hot Dog joint west of Taco Bell). Nice place, inside and out. Had a Chile Dog, loaded big and juicy. Would definitely recommend it. Would also recommend to the owners to put up bushes along their nice patio to block out the Alma Lodge view.....
OmarA. G January 29, 2013 at 08:32 PM
I think what progressive American means is not all the usual crap that has got a large % of this country obese. Organic and steroid free, hopefully some gluten free options also. I'm all for progressive food options in the neighborhood MORE options in ER PLEASE!
OmarA. G January 29, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Yup, Meea's is good grub, I didn't notice if they also offer turkey dogs as an option but that would also be nice + those bushes are indeed needed.
Jerry Langford January 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Old roof was ripped off today!
Bonnie Salhany January 30, 2013 at 05:54 AM
So happy that the Little Beast found a permanent home in ER! Their food was so tasty and so original!!!
Deana Marconi January 30, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Yeah!! Looking forward to a change from what was there before. A new face has been wanted for sometime. Looking forward to having a nice meal durning the summer months just right down the street from where we live. Will give an update as soon as we try the new place. Congrats to the new owners!
John Wayne's Honda January 30, 2013 at 09:12 PM
they have a veggie dog and they are quite tasty
Teewee February 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Hopefully they'll have some veggie food! Eagle has a HUGE population of vegans/ vegetarians!
Punky February 26, 2013 at 01:15 AM
I agree Teewee! Vegan & Vegetarian options are a HUGE plus. Plus no T.V.'s
Max March 31, 2013 at 08:55 PM
I am so excited about this. This couple is hardworking and creative, not to mention nice! Really looking forward to the opening of a much needed addition to the neighborhood. (Max & Judy)
Karen June 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM
I've been looking forward to the opening of Little Beast, and must say that I'm disappointed there are very limited vegan options on the menu. A few small plate appetizers and side of french fries is the extent of it. No vegan main dishes. Please add one or two vegan main dishes, LB. I want to love you, but can't see becoming a patron if my choices are limited to olives, hummus, and cantaloupe salad.

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