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“Burbank Common” Restaurant and Brewery Coming Downtown

( Photo Courtesy Community Development Department Website)

Owner of the popular local bar “Tony’s Darts Away” and founder of Golden Road Brewery, Tony Yanow is partnering with the City of Burbank to open a new restaurant and brewery at 10 W. Magnolia Blvd which will be called “Burbank Common.”

Located adjacent to the downtown Burbank Metrolink station, the project will involve the demolition of a 70,000 square-feet storage warehouse to be replaced with a restaurant, a craft beer pub, a roller derby rink, and possibly food carts. Space will be reduced to 33,000 square-feet to provide an outdoor recreation area. It is currently unknown how many restaurants the 2.4-acre site will include.

( Photo Courtesy Community Development Department Website)

Burbank Common will utilize the 471 parking spaces located near the Metrolink station. Although more than half of the spaces are used by those riding the Metro during the day, it is hoped there will be enough room to accommodate customers in the evening.

“For intermittent larger events that will occur one to two times per month, it is anticipated that parking can be provided offsite in existing parking facilities in Downtown Burbank and a shuttle system could be employed to shuttle attendees to and from events,” said Ross Young, a project manager for Burbank.

To ensure that the Metrolink parking will not be overwhelmed, a “full parking study” will be conducted during the environmental review process.

Although the city will retain ownership of the property, Yanow will operate Burbank Common with his restaurant group, the Artisanal Brewers Collective.

“His company has the resources and experience to independently build and operate the facility and they are proposing to incorporate features that would provide significant community-wide benefits,” said Young.

“If approved by the City Council, the proposed project would have a number of benefits for the City. The project would also provide a much-needed event center which would complement the existing businesses and hotels in Downtown Burbank and throughout the City by attracting outside visitors to Burbank.”

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

In 2008, the city attempted to demolish the same warehouse but could not receive support from City Council due to the high cost. The warehouse which was formally owned by AmeriCold has six-feet thick cement walls that make it difficult to demolish. From 2011 to 2016, the property was controlled by a different redevelopment agency.

“From a fiscal standpoint, the project would facilitate over $10 million in private sector investment, while creating jobs, boosting tourism, and increasing the City’s tax base,” said Young.

Burbank Common is currently going through its environmental analysis and “community outreach phase.” The project is expected to be presented to the Burbank Planning Board and City Council before September.

Los Angeles River Run Greenway 2020 Grows Interest, Awareness

Burbank businesses Fleet Feet Sports and Tony’s Darts Away joined with Golden Road Brewing and the L.A. River Revitalization Corporation (LARRC) to hold the Los Angeles River Run Greenway 2020 on Sunday, November 2. The 10 kilometer, or 6.2 mile, race attracted more than 700 participants in its second year.

“I have always put an emphasis on supporting programs and events that help build a create a better community we as a store participate in,” commented Fleet Feet Sports owner Colin Klein. “The Greenway 2020 10K does just that, bringing together our running and walking community while raising money to better the outdoor spaces we all use and love every day.”

“In particular, the L.A. River is a treasure that I believe can and does offer a huge amount of enjoyment not only to our runners but our community as a whole,” Klein continued. “Having the opportunity to sponsor and support a race that believes these spaces should be made available and better to all in this community is one I am proud to be part of.”

The L.A River Run Greenway 2020 10K race participants head towards the start line.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The L.A River Run Greenway 2020 10K race participants head towards the start line. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Participants started the race at the Greenway Bike Path entering from Ferraro Soccer Field in Griffith Park. From there, runners and walkers headed along the L.A. River towards Atwater Village, crossing the river on the Los Feliz bridge.

On the northeast side of the river, participants went towards Glendale, making a u-turn at the Colorado Boulevard overpass and then jogged through Atwater Park and along closed city streets. The final leg of the race followed San Fernando Road to the finish line, just south of Golden Road Brewing.

Race participants, family and friends recuperated at Golden Road Brewing for the after-race party, Sunday morning.

Top female finishers were: Carly Johann (39:26.4), Jillian Riehl (41:59.3) and Sarah Randle (44:50.1), while top male finishers were: Nicolaus Jakowec (31:45.5), Tetlo Emmen (34.03.0) and Moses Ramirez (36:53.0.)

The L.A. River Run Greenway 2020 in its second year was “barely viable from a financial standpoint,” explained race coordinator Rob Rice, as he noted the race organizers needed to recoup investment costs from the 2013 race, the inaugural year.

“What we’re focusing on is providing an A+ experience for our supporters and raising awareness,” said Rice. “We do a lot more than the 10K. We also have monthly night runs and are also planning more events for 2015.”

“Our goal is to eventually donate money to specific projects along the river, be it a bench, a bridge, butterfly farm or bird sanctuary,” added Rice. “I don’t know, but hope that the 10K will raise enough money to do more than that.”

View of the L.A. River from the Los Feliz bridge in Atwater Village during the Greenway 2020 10K.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

View of the L.A. River from the Los Feliz bridge in Atwater Village during the Greenway 2020 10K. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“The Greenway 2020 10K was a great success for bringing people to the river and builds momentum around making the 51-mile Los Angeles River a great public resource for the region,” commented Omar Brownson, CEO of the LARRC. “The L.A. River is the only place you can walk, bike, run, kayak or ride a horse in LA. We hope that by 2020, we can create one continuous experience from Canoga Park to Long Beach.”

“We were working with Omar on helping him promote his vision of what the L.A. River could be,” said Tony Yanow, owner of Burbank’s Tony’s Darts Away and co-owner of Golden Road Brewing. “The result of that work was 2020 IPA.”

“We were also working with Rob in helping him to create and launch a 10K that would end at Golden Road,” Yanow also said. “The race was right along the river, so connecting Omar and Rob was an obvious fit. Golden Road is honored just to be a part this mission and this race in our small way.”

“Omar handed me a study not too long ago on the immediate effects of having nature nearby in urban areas, specifically citing water bodies in densely populated areas, and said that mental health is overwhelmingly improved by having nearby ‘nature retreats’ for residents,” commented Rice.

“The stress of living in dense urban areas is systemic to a host of mental and physical health issues,” he went on to say. “Just living in L.A. causes increased stress and going to the river once a day might cure that? That’s huge. That’s why the river is so important.”

The L.A. River and Griffith Park in the background provided a scenic race environment for the L.A. River Run Greenway 2020 10K.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The L.A. River and Griffith Park in the background provided a scenic race environment for the L.A. River Run Greenway 2020 10K. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“I call it ‘instant nature’ because after working on Skid Row in DTLA all day, which I do, I can step out onto the Greenway, hear the song of birds, the rush of water and look at the intense greenery and instantly connect to what I personally long for every minute – nature,” Rice explained.

While Rice admits some residents may not feel the L.A. River has something they can enjoy right now because it’s mostly used by bikers and runners and few hikers currently. However, he encourages people to vist the LARRC website to see all the events being held on the weekends on a regular basis that aren’t just for runners and cyclists.

“As we concluded the second year on November 2, I personally feel it’s a big lead into next year where we plan to add a half-marathon,” Rice concluded. “Our goal from the beginning has been to grow the distance of the run to a full marathon by 2020.”

“But, there’s a couple of us who think we can go even farther than that,” Rice said, alluding to eventual plans for a 51-mile event from Canoga Park to Long Beach along the L.A. River in the future.

L.A. River Run Greenway 2020 race participants prepare to begin the event near Ferraro Soccer Field in Griffith Park. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

L.A. River Run Greenway 2020 race participants prepare to begin the event near Ferraro Soccer Field in Griffith Park. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

 

Fresh Ideas For A Burbank Lunch On The Lighter Side

We’ve all been there. Just an hour for your Burbank lunch and you want something fresh, something healthy, maybe a salad or lighter meal. Where can you get in and out in under an hour and also include some vegetables in your diet?!

Salmon sandwich with a fresh side salad at Urban Eats. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Salmon sandwich with a fresh side salad at Urban Eats. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Urban Eats is known for its customizable salads and fresh menu. Never fear, you can get a beer or a fried chicken sandwich here, too. The salmon sandwich is so very good.

The wild-caught fish is flavorful and prepared perfectly. Served inside a gently pressed panini roll and accompanied by a light side salad with yummy house dressing, this sandwich is amazing.

The Canyon Grille's veggie wrap mixes colorful vegetables and cheese.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Canyon Grille’s Veggie Wrap mixes colorful vegetables and cheese. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The recently revamped menu at DeBell Golf’s The Canyon Grille has some excellent new options. For the veggie lover, the Veggie Wrap combines a bunch of colorful vegetables like avocado, peppers, cucumber and tomato with mixed greens and jack cheese in a giant tortilla wrap.

For some red meat at lunch, try The Canyon Grille’s Carne Asada Torta, which layers grilled meat with salsa, chipotle mayo and freshly made guacamole. Served on airy focaccia bread, the sandwich is absolutely delicious. Fresh french fries or a side salad complete the plate.

DeBell’s Canyon Grille boasts a gorgeous view and restful, casual vibe. It’s great for a lunch away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the office.

The carne asada torta provides a party of flavors inside a light focaccia bread. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Carne Asada Torta provides a party of flavors inside a light focaccia bread. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Getting enough tasty vegetables can be a challenge, but the Chop Stop has it covered. Serving custom salads either chopped and mixed, in a wrap or on top of beans and rice provides a variety of enjoyable ways to get one’s daily requirement of veggies.

Chop Stop's Choppurito Classic bowl.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Chop Stop’s Choppurito Classic bowl. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Choose from popular favorites on the menu or come up with your own concoction. Chop Stop makes each salad, wrap or bowl fresh to order. The place can get very busy at lunchtime and there aren’t a lot of tables inside or out, so many people get their lunch to go.

The Chop Stop is our go-to place for a fast, healthy salad. We add meat and beans or rice for a heartier lunch.

Chop Stop's Cilantro Onion bowl combines chicken and lots of flavor.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Chop Stop’s Cilantro Onion bowl combines chicken and lots of flavor. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Back in Magnolia Park, Romancing the Bean has a variety of creative and colorful salads and sandwiches for the lunchtime crowd. Recent favorites include the Salad Nicoise, the kale and Brussels sprouts salad and the cold chicken curry sandwich.

Salad Nicoise at Romancing the Bean is always fresh. This one substitutes avocado for green beans.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Salad Nicoise at Romancing the Bean is always fresh. This one substitutes avocado for green beans. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Fresh ingredients and edible flowers always brighten up Romancing the Bean’s salads. Many people add some chicken to the raw kale and Brussels sprouts salad for a heartier lunch.

The kale and Brussels sprouts salad at Romancing the Bean is chock full of healthiness.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The kale and Brussels sprouts salad at Romancing the Bean is chock full of healthiness. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The cold chicken curry sandwich on a multi-grain bread has been another popular favorite at the Magnolia Park coffee shop for quite a while now. Served with a side salad of mixed greens and a light vinaigrette, it’s another healthy option for lunch.

Cold chicken curry sandwich on rustic multi-grain bread is a mouthful of amazing tastes.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Cold chicken curry sandwich on rustic multi-grain bread is a mouthful of amazing tastes. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

However, sometimes we really need to have some fries and beer at lunch. One way to feel better about that choice is to get veggie or no-meat fare along with the fries and beer.

And for that, Tony’s Darts Away is an excellent choice for vegan and vegetarian sandwiches and salads. They make a delicious Golden State salad with yellow beets, goat cheese, pepitas and organic greens, topped with a light vinaigrette.

Golden State salad, with yellow beets, goat cheese and nuts, compensates for the fries and beer.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Golden State salad, with yellow beets, goat cheese and nuts, compensates for the fries and beer. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Throw in some great tunes and the choice of interior bar or outside patio ambiance, and lunch at Tony’s suddenly becomes a party for a few minutes until it’s time to get back to work.

In Burbank, we are lucky to have so many options for healthy and light lunches. We welcome readers to share some of their favorites dishes and restaurants with us in the comment section or via email. Maybe we’ll highlight your favorite lunch next.

Golden Road Helps Out The L.A. River’s Greenway 2020 Project

Golden Road Brewing recently released the new 2020 IPA benefiting the L.A. River Revitalization Corp’s (LARRC) Greenway 2020 Project. While the local brewery will donate $1 to the LARRC for every pint and four-pack sold, the rising company also wants to raise awareness of the efforts to turn all 51 miles of the Los Angeles River into a public green space by the year 2020.

“I cross the river four times a day. I live near and work along the river and always think about its incredible potential,” said Tony Yanow, co-founder of Golden Road. “It was amazing to hear Omar’s [Brownson, executive director of the LARRC] vision of what the river can be. It reminded me of the High Line project in New York City – a now beloved public park that took an eyesore on the verge of demolition and turned it into a beautiful, positive thoroughfare through the heart of the city. We want to do the same for L.A. through Greenway 2020.”

Tony Yanow, co-founder of Golden Road Brewing and owner of Tony's Darts Away, speaks at the 2020 IPA release party. (Photo Courtesy of Golden Road Brewery)

Tony Yanow, co-founder of Golden Road Brewing and owner of Tony’s Darts Away, speaks at the 2020 IPA release party. (Photo Courtesy of Golden Road Brewing)

At a recent release party for the newest member of Golden Road’s Custom IPA (India Pale Ale) series, Justin Hager, communications director for Assemblyman Mike Gatto, presented Golden Road co-founders Yanow and Meg Gill with certificates from the State Assembly for their support of the Greenway 2020 initiative.

The L.A. River Corp is a non-profit organization working to transform the L.A. River through purposeful real estate and economic development. The group, along with its public and private partners, looks to create sustainable land use projects and add programs for the community along the river.

“Building a cleaner, greener and more connected Los Angeles along the L.A. River takes enthusiasm and commitment. Meg, Tony and the entire team at Golden Road continue to demonstrate that you can have fun while making a difference,” said Brownson. “We are thrilled to partner with Golden Road Brewing to build the awareness of our Greenway 2020 campaign to improve the quality of life in Los Angeles by connecting the 51-mile L.A. River.”

Tony's Darts Away is a very popular spot in Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Tony’s Darts Away is a very popular spot in Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The 2020 IPA is the fourth in the brewery’s Custom IPA series, including Heal The Bay IPA, Better Weather IPA and Burning Bush IPA. Four hundred barrels of the 2020 IPA were brewed and the company stands ready to make more in the future.

Brewmaster Jesse Houck described the 2020 IPA as a “medium malt-bodied red IPA with huge pine and citrus aroma and a touch of tropical.”

The “outdoorsy beer” also has elements of cedar, Houck added. The 60,000 cans in the first release are emblazoned with an image of “what the L.A. River will look like in 2020.”

“The L.A. River is a flood control district, but it can be something beautiful,” Brownson added. “We want to make this something for people to enjoy for generations to come.”

“I’m excited about this project and that Golden Road is part of it,” Yanow also commented. “This project is important to me personally and is great for the city.”

Golden Road Brewing was founded in 2011 by Yanow and Gill with the plan to bring locally-brewed beers to the people of Los Angeles and is the first to can craft beer in the area. The Pub at Golden Road, situated next to the L.A. River off of San Fernando Road, and Tony’s Darts Away, located on Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, are two popular local hangouts serving food and the company’s craft beer on draft.

Tony's Darts assistant manager Nikki pours a pint of the new 2020 IPA. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Tony’s Darts Away assistant manager Nikki pours a pint of the new 2020 IPA. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

 

TGIF at Tony’s Darts Away

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Friday night, like every night at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, was jam packed with people enjoying California draught beer, vegan sausages, board games and basketball on TV. Tony’s has become a local favorite for vegans and non-vegans, alike.

TDA sits on Magnolia Blvd. Inside, aside from bar seating, there are tables up against the walls and around the bar, as well as an outside patio. Board games line the walls for any patrons looking for some unique entertainment.

The menu has both vegan and non-vegan options, but TDA is known for their incredible vegan sausages. One might think this would make TDA a hipster haven, but it is really a comfortable place for everyone. The bartenders are exceptionally friendly and even know my vegan father by name.

TDA has great food specials, and often have unique appetizers. Becky’s Bad Ass Buffalo Potatoes are potato wedges drenched in spicy buffalo sauce and are my personal favorite. They were apparently named after a regular customer who consistently ordered French fries with a side of buffalo sauce until finally, TDA created a dish for her.

Aside from their great appetizers, TDA is really known for their sausages, both vegan and non-vegan. I am not a vegan and I order the vegan sausages because they are just too good. My personal favorite is the “Vegan Apple of My Eye,” a vegan chicken apple sausage with vegan mayo, brown mustard, griddled onions, slaw and mango melon salsa. You can have the sausage on a bun or on a fresh bed of greens. While TDA has a variety of sausage combinations you can choose from, you can also create your own.

TDA prides itself on being bottle free and low waste, and strives to do their part to help the environment. They try to use local ingredients to support the environment and the economy.

TDA’s website offers a wise piece of advice.

“Support local businesses and local businesses will support you. California can use the help – this economy sucks!”

There are so many good things to say about TDA. It is a community favorite and is always bustling with energy and excitement. The environment is comfortable, fun and always exceeds expectations. Tony’s Darts Away is an incredible example of the great nightlife that we have right here in Burbank. You can find Tony’s Darts Away on Twitter at @tonysdartsaway.