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Eva Restaurant on Beverly - looking for help

Ciao Bob Oct 17, 2012 09:05 AM

Eva's chef\owner Mark Gold has taken the very interesting step of asking for paypal donations from supporters as they face an ongoing battle with the City Planning Commission and a neighborhood group called the Beverly Wilshire Homes Association. Really fascinating discussion of the issues -- from all sorts of parties -- can be found in the links below.
I like Eva and hope they make it.

http://la.eater.com/archives/2012/10/16/a_note_from_eva_restaurant_in_need_of_12000.php

http://parklabreanewsbeverlypress.com...

  1. ChinoWayne Oct 17, 2012 01:26 PM

    Which is more important, the chef to be off staging in Copenhagen, or staying home and taking care of his business if it is in imminent danger?

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      bg90027 Oct 17, 2012 01:37 PM

      Hindsight is 20/20. I don't think he knew when he left for Noma that his restaurant was in any imminent danger. The dispute over the parking had been ongoing for some time and the ruling which went against them wasn't to my understanding pre-scheduled to occur on a specific date. I think they also had been led to believe that their request for a variance was likely to be approved.

      I gave a little money yesterday. I like Eva and would hate to see them lose their business this way. I'm not a regular though so I couldn't really justify making a large donation. They gave a status update on their facebook page this morning saying that they had raised over $6K yesterday and had some commitments from investors for several thousand more. It sounds like they are still short though and need to raise more in the next 24 hours.

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      carter Oct 17, 2012 09:24 PM

      What is it that you like about Eva?
      I have never eaten there, never heard a compelling reason to do so,
      Ate there many times when Quinn and Karen were operating there, and would go back in 30 seconds if they returned, but Mark Gold/Eva was never on the horizon.
      What education is needed to keep this place afloat?
      just asking....

      1. ipsedixit Oct 17, 2012 09:27 PM

        I will donate if Gold promises to make a similar donation to my next tab at Eva.

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          Ciao Bob Oct 18, 2012 09:15 AM

          I believe the deal offered is 50% of your donation...is that "similar?"

        2. katydid13 Oct 17, 2012 10:11 PM

          Is losing a liquor license really a death knell? Lots of people like to BYOB, no?

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            wienermobile Oct 18, 2012 10:01 AM

            Yes it is a death knell, that is where a great deal of profit comes from plus you lose a lot of customers including regulars.

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              Papuli Oct 18, 2012 03:11 PM

              BYOB is illegal without a license, too. Most restaurants that allow it are skirting the law, and they can technically be shut down and even arrested for it. Even if you get away with it, lack of booze for sale is absolutely a death knell for a restaurant like Eva.

            2. Tom P Oct 17, 2012 10:48 PM

              I donated. I love the place. Their Sunday Supper is the best deal in town. Terrific food, as much as you like, as much wine as you like, for 39 dollars. It's wonderful. As is regular dinner there. This seems a true family owned place. Mark is always there, circulating, having fun. He is so generous. And as someone who worked in the restaurant business for a long time, most of these places do not make tons of money. They often barely get by. So a 10-20 grand immediate fee can put a great restaurant out of business.

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                kevin Oct 18, 2012 11:23 AM

                REally all you can eat, and all you can drink on Sunday evenings for 39 bucks ??? That's not bad at all if it's high-quality food.

                Anyone happen to know if it's ok to go as a solo diner on those nights ???

                Thanks a bunch.

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                  Ciao Bob Oct 18, 2012 11:43 AM

                  No kevin, they will not seat a solitary diner. They usually bolt without paying.

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                    kevin Oct 18, 2012 11:49 AM

                    Damn, ok. No worries.

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                      Ciao Bob Oct 18, 2012 11:58 AM

                      I was joking, kevin.

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                    Tom P Oct 18, 2012 02:31 PM

                    yes! I've been solo...

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                  bg90027 Oct 18, 2012 11:48 AM

                  Good news - I received an email this morning saying that they had successfully raised the $12K.

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                    kevin Oct 18, 2012 11:52 AM

                    Yeah, I noticed that too. so they are good to go.

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