6/19/2013 04:00:00 PM

Arts District Updates: Urban Radish Opens July 3, Umami Burger Soon

The chipmunk gets its own garden
Soon there will be no more room for deliciousness in the Arts District. Urban Radish, the new grocery store in the chipmunk-painted warehouse near 6th and Matteo, will open by July 3 "come hell or high water," vow owners Keri Aivazis and Carolyn Paxto. The shelves are being stocked as we speak with oils and vinegars, locally made ketchups and condiments (many found here), a large cheese and charcuterie section, meats, fresh produce and prepared foods. Check out the Facebook page for some of the items, like Jeni's ice creams, La Quercia bacon and Drake Family Farm cheeses. There will also be a patio where you can eat and sip on a glass of wine. All of this is good news for the Biscuit Company, Toy Factory and Factory loft dwellers, but if you're driving in and have an electric car, you'll be happy too: there's a car charging station in the parking lot (660 Matteo St.).

On the other side of the neighborhood, Umami Burger has staked claim to the former K-Town BBQ restaurant on 3rd Street, right near Wurstkuche, Angel City Brewery and The Pie Hole. The look will be inspired by the neighborhood, so expect local art, industrial elements, furniture made by local designers like Westin Mitchell Design Group, and a heated courtyard for outdoor seating. The menu will be similar to the others around town, but there will be some signature items and a special burger exclusive to this location. While Umamicatessen is also Downtown, the Arts District and Broadway are practically worlds apart. This, as is the forthcoming Burbank/Toluca Lake location, is slated to open "sometime this summer" (738 E. 3rd St.).

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