Sad news for fans of deep-fried bacon cubes and bone marrow street corn: Chef Eric Park is closing Black Hogg in Silver Lake after service on Sunday, August 9. “It was a great run,” he says on the restaurant’s website. “We will come back one day.”
The good news is that he isn’t lying.
Park cites “quality of life” factors in closing the neighborhood spot; he just wants to spend more time with his wife and kids. And true, he has been pretty busy since the restaurant debuted in 2012. It was off to a bangin’ start from the get go, with people lining up along Sunset Boulevard, waiting up to an hour for a table, and there wasn’t even a beer and wine license. After a couple of years, he changed the menu concept at the restaurant (ROOTS), and added a lunch-only sandwich operation called Sopressata. Then he opened the Hero Shop in downtown L.A., which he also recently closed and transformed into Ohana Poke Co.
Those last two things are crucial: Park sees a lot more poke and sandwiches in his future. Instead of walking away from a prime Silver Lake spot, Black Hogg will be divided into two concepts, with he westerly side of the restaurant becoming the daily Sopressata counter, and the other side reserved for a second Ohana Poke Co. The sandwich menu will be served for lunch only, with poke served for both lunch and dinner. Park says he hopes to launch the week of August 17.
“Our menu for Ohana Silver Lake will have more offerings than downtown,” he adds. “I plan to offer Hawaiian-style garlic shrimp (think Giovanni’s or Geste Shrimp Truck-style), a new iteration of our pork belly tacos (Kalua-style), and a coconut clam dish.” The poke line-up will expand as well, including new possible octopus and shrimp poke.
As for the Black Hogg concept, he hopes to revive it in the future. “Maybe when my boy can start washing dishes, and my lil’ girl can hostess, we’ll get the place going again,” he writes. “In the meantime, we would just like to thank you, our friends, for helping to make Black Hogg what it is today: a small restaurant, serving big flavors and making people happy. We hope you will continue to support our next venture in our current location.”
We’ll be the first in line.
Ohana Poke Co. and Sopressata, 2852 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, 323-953-2820