A sign posted on Sqirl's front door, as well as on the restaurant's website, notifies their fan base of an impending closure. From August 5 until August 15, the jam makery and cafe will be closed to make way for 20 new indoor seats. This renovation also involves the addition, next door, of LOU Wine & Provisions. The Silver Lake-based shop is known for its sweets and savory sandwiches, tart jams, and fresh fare. Owner Jessica Koslow is throwing a pre-shutter bash on August 4. Stop by for a menu full of specials and to say good-bye to the old Sqirl. » 720 N. Virgil Ave., Ste. 4, 213-394-6526 or sqirlla.com.
Over in Echo Park, one of L.A.'s favorite pastry chefs and chocolatiers has expanded into a larger new space. After opening up inside Grand Central Market downtown, Valerie Confections today opened a new cafe on Echo Park Avenue called Valerie Echo Park. Pour over coffee, a wide selection of tea and tea pastries, caramel croissants, petit fours, and all manner of toffees and chocolates are on display inside the bright new shop. Open today, and from Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Valerie Echo Park will soon begin offering brunch service on the weekends. » 1665 Echo Park Ave. 213-739-8149 or valerieconfections.com