Ayta Grill Opens in Highland Park, Hires Bruce Lee To Hold It Down

They call me Bruce.

Highland Park, already famous for its fondness for putting things on roofs (inspiring the cult of Chicken-Boy among other things), is the proud owner of a new high-kicking, karate-chopping rooftop effigy. Ayta Grill opened last week in an oddly-angled building on Figueroa. The joint project from Empire Restaurant's Tony Urbina and Devon Glass owner Ruben Herrera finds the two Michoacan-born owners and their kitchen tackling Japanese eats, with white and brown rice bowls and plates of teriyaki chicken, salmon, shrimp, steak, and veggies priced between $4.29-$8.83.


Sonic boom!Javier Cabral

The new restaurant continues the local tradition in getting customers necks craned by putting a life-sized statue of a Bruce Lee-like fighter on its roof, an eruption of wiry muscles in short repose between nunchuck strikes. According to The Eastsider, the martial arts legend has already taken a swipe at Gil Cedillo's city council election billboard, making him a fierce political opponent.


Ayta GrillJavier Cabral

Ayta Grill, 4017 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park.

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New Restaurant, Ayta, Opens on North Figueroa [Patch]