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New Breakfast, Lunch Spot Opening in Valley Village

Harvest Moon will be run by a local couple and offer breakfast and lunch items as well as a takeout dinner menu.

Professional caterer and chef Chris Drapkin was brought up in North Hollywood and eventually grew up to raise her own child in the community.

Now, she's hoping to achieve another goal in her neighborhood: opening her own restaurant.

In early October, Drapkin and her husband, Rick, will open Harvest Moon at 12454 Magnolia Blvd. in Valley Village.

The new business is replacing the shuttered Classic Ralphy's Restaurant & Catering Service.

Harvest Moon will offer a breakfast and lunch menu comprised of omelettes, salads, sandwiches and baked goods, she said.

After the soft opening, Drapkin said the eatery would operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and also offer a take out dinner menu with hot and cold food.

She said she wants to share her cooking skills with locals by offering cooking classes for adults and children.

"We want this to be a really community based restaurant, where people know each other, they know the owners," Drapkin said. "I'm going to be here all the time."

Harvest Moon will serve products from Groundwork Coffee and Art of Tea. The restaurant does not have an alcohol license.

Drapkin said down the line she wants to offer an after school menu with kids with items like grilled cheese sandwiches and sliders.

She said she also hopes to have a seasonal menu based on food trends throughout the year as well as a once-a-week family dinner night menu.

But despite having a lot on her plate from the get go, Drapkin said she looks forward to feedback from her customers.

"I'm a working chef. Being on the line, being in the back of the kitchen, I'm constantly in touch with what people are eating," she said. "I feel we're more apt to respond to what they want."

Drapkin has a website for her catering business, which is also called Harvest Moon. The site will be updated in a few weeks with menus for her new restaurant.

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Andy Hurvitz September 19, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Great news. That shabby strip needs new life.
Marcus Feder September 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Can't wait! I ordered a spinach and cheese veggie omelet from Noho diner the other day and it came with bacon! We need you!
Marlena September 19, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Here's hoping you'll make the responsible choice to use biodegradable plates, utensils and take out packaging. Set a new trend.
PATRIZIA September 20, 2012 at 12:21 AM
So excited. I live next door and have waited 12 years or a restaurant to open on this block.
Kim September 20, 2012 at 03:49 AM
So excited! Valley Village needs a local restaurant like this. Can't wait for those adult/kids cooking classes too. Sign me up!
Kristine September 25, 2012 at 06:42 PM
This is such great news and it will be well received by the neighborhood. Can't wait for the opening!
Lisa JM October 02, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Welcome to our neighborhood! Harvest Moon is so desperately needed here. At last, a place to sip coffee, chat with the neighbors, and bail me out when I don't feel like cooking dinner. Lisa, Jim, and our Golden Doodle KC (who is better known than we are around here) are about to become your new best friends.
Idrea Lippman October 07, 2012 at 07:45 AM
Hello. It isn't all shabby. And yes it is great news. Idrea/ Lucky You Resale
Idrea Lippman October 07, 2012 at 07:50 AM
This is a special neighborhood . Harvest Moon will compliment it beautifully. Many of us are looking forward to such a promising addition. Bravo! And good luck. Idrea Lippman/Lucky You Resale Boutique
Caro7 October 20, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Beyond excite for this little gem!
Anjali November 04, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Excited to have a neighborhood spot. Welcome to Valley Village, Harvest Moon! Have had a few foodie friends visit and post some comments ... as most new businesses, I'm sure there are kinks to be worked out. Excited to support the locals! Best of luck.

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