Camacho's Opens New Cafe Off Olvera; Yojie Brings Sukiyaki to Downtown

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Yojie on Olympic Photo: Hadley Tomicki

L.A. Market isn't the only new restaurant now open to Downtown. The Camacho family finally made their way through red tape and financial boondoggles to open the coffee shop we told you about in July. According to its Twitter, Café de Camacho, currently soft-open, will begin serving tortas, salads, pastries, paninis, and hot and cold blended drinks, starting today, in the grand Simpson-Jones building off Olvera Street.

This latest Camacho's is not the chain-rattling type found in Dodger Stadium or L.A.X., but one dedicated to community and the strengthening of El Pueblo as a cultural environment, rather than a tourist snare, Blog Downtown says. To that end, prints from Self-Help Graphics are on sale with all proceeds going to the artists, as well as student-painted folk-art furniture and space for art shows, readings, and discussions. Here's hoping the Camacho family, an Olvera Street standby, is able to keep the area thriving for the city and just not its board of directors. A website is coming soon.

Café de Camacho. 103 Paseo De La Plaza, Olvera Street. 213-626-6300.

On a completely different side of Downtown, we glimpsed Yojie Shabu Shabu Fondue and Sake finally open, adding a second location of the restaurant already found in Cerritos. This Japanese corner spot is a make-your-own shabu shabu, yakiniku, and sukiyaki joint. There is no actual fondue as far as we can tell, but these dishes are typically served communally with plenty of dipping and hot pots involved. Meats are often Angus, with Kobe promised as well, and a huge offering of sake and special sake cocktails compliments seafood platters and veggie medleys. A full menu is online.

Yojie. 501 West Olympic Blvd. Ste. 102. 213-988-8808.

Camacho's Opens New Cafe on Olvera Street [Blog Downtown]