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Greekman’s Pop-Up Restaurant Featured in Los Angeles Times

September 21, 2021

LOS ANGELES – Greekman’s, the summertime pop-up Greek restaurant from Jonah Freedman, was featured in the Los Angeles Times. Located in the parking lot at 2619 Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park in front of his temporarily inactive restaurant Freedman’s which opened in late 2017, Greekman’s offers classic Greek flavors on its “succinct” menu.

Freedman had been thinking about opening a Greek restaurant even pre-pandemic, the Times reported, noting that he “liked the cuisine and noted a relative dearth of Greek restaurants in Los Angeles” and “the city has a century-old immigrant Greek community, scattered across the metro area now but which once had a center among the blocks that comprise downtown’s Toy District.”

Freedman “considered a takeout operation, not far off from the kebab-focused Ludobab that Ludo Lefebvre operates out of closed Trois Mec, but Freedman’s chef Ryan Costanza nudged him to develop the idea into a sit-down experience,” the Times reported, adding that “Costanza developed the recipes — a broad, sunny, easy-to-enjoy expression of the cuisine — before leaving the restaurant to pursue his own project.” Jasmine Ramirez “was promoted to chef, and she’s sending out plates full of technically deft cooking full of warm, sharp flavors,” the Times reported, noting the fried zucchini chips, lemon potatoes, Greek salad, and giant beans in tomato sauce among the items on the menu.

Also on the menu, “lamb chops over a sort of deconstructed tzatziki with nicely salted cucumbers,” and “crackly-skinned branzino with herbs and lemon orzo,” as well as the souvlaki platter with “skewers of chicken, rib-eye, kefta, shrimp and (a surprise standout) oyster mushrooms with hummus, pickles, tzatziki and a plush disk of pita,” the Times reported.

“Greekman’s feels subtly evocative without any hokum and serves uplifting food that meshes with the California growing seasons,” the Times reported, adding that “the handful of smartly chosen wines come mostly from Greece.”

Greekman’s, as a pop-up restaurant, is set to close at the end of October, the Times reported.

More information is available online: https://www.greekmansla.com/.

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