Hash House Owners Behind Incoming Mission Hills European-Style Café | Wolf In The Woods Has Been Cleared For Arrival

March 13, 2019

After a nearly two year delay, the founders of Hillcrest's Hash House A-Go-Go & Great Maple and the team behind Kettle & Stone coffee house have been approved to move forward with Wolf In The Woods, an all-day European-style bar and café heading to Mission Hills.

Great Maple and Hash House A-Go-Go owners Johnny & Renee Rivera have partnered with third-generation Mission Hills natives Rina Porras-Moceri & Grace Moceri, who own coffee house Kettle & Stone. After a lengthy approval process with the city planning commission, the team has been cleared to open Wolf In The Woods in the Mission Hills building that last housed Espresso Mio. Porras-Moceri's aunt owns the 1922-era building and the family once operated the Mission Hills Market Café at the site in the 1990s.

“Our intent is simple: To create a lovely, intimate and family-friendly European Café setting that will blend harmoniously into the community," said a note on the building. "Our offerings will include great coffee, breakfast, lunch and twilight fare with carefully curated wine and craft beer selection."

Wolf in the Woods will soon be installed within the 2,187 square foot restaurant space that takes up two-thirds of the historic building. The eatery will serve a bistro menu of organic dishes available for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a section devoted to quick-service to-go options. There will also be a selection of craft beer and wine. The 80-seat restaurant will also have a back porch that overlooks a lush canyon.

Wolf in the Woods is expected to open by year's end at 1920 Stockton Avenue in Mission Hills.