Silly Portland Tabletop Pancake Brunch Place ahead for Highland Park
Well, Highland Park had a good run. For generations the neighborhood was an enclave for Latin American families, creatives and a refreshing Eastsiders community, but in recent years the suddenly hip stretches of York and Figueroa have been inundated with arcade bars and restaurants. vegan street food stalls and retro bowling alleys, often against the protests of those who actually live there – and now comes Slap Cakes, complete with DIY baking trays for making individual pancakes just for you.
Slappy Cakes, which looks like a Nathan for you segment, is a real business based on Portland, Ore., Which works like any other table-top restaurant setup, except instead of soju and galbi, it’s pancakes and mimosas. The restaurant, founded by Ashley Berry in 2009, initially found success at a location off Belmont in Portland, Oregon, but has since expanded to Maui, Hawaii and Singapore. While brunch is the place’s highlight time to shine, tabletop hotplates also work for savory pancakes and other options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Much like, say, the doomed At Fudge in West Hollywood, Slappy Cakes bills itself as a great DIY brunch destination for kids, with a little something (read: booze and coffee) for adults as well. The restaurant has officially requested a full alcohol license at 5022 York Boulevard, formerly the site of the French restaurant CÃ´te Est and, before that, Recess. Eater has contacted the company for more details on the specific expansion, including an opening date and any other nuances, but so far he has not had a response.
The arrival of the wacky-named Slappy Cakes is sure to ruffle even more feathers in Highland Park. Many voice community members have already pushed back on the proliferation of bars and restaurants serving alcohol in the neighborhood, especially along York, and have raised concerns that some long-standing restaurants and small businesses are being pushed aside in favor of higher paying tenants who may not reflect the long history of the area. Even the New York Times, who always seems to be wrong in LA when it comes to his culture, fell under fire back in October 2019 for an article on the gentrification of the neighborhood.