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The Weekly LA Restaurant Update

PHOTO: Benji Dell
Updated July 7th, 2020

If you want to know everything that’s happening with LA’s restaurants and bars right now, then congrats - you’ve come to the right place. Each week, we’ll be using this page to keep track of the latest restaurant and bar openings, reopenings, closings, takeout specials, and other exciting or noteworthy updates around the city.

For our full list of more than 1200 restaurants offering delivery and takeout, organized by neighborhood, check our LA Neighborhood Takeout And Delivery Directory.

And as always, if you have any tips, questions, or just want to chat, send us an email at losangeles@theinfatuation.com.

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WEEK OF JULY 6TH

  • Uber Bought Postmates: Holy conglomerate hell, Batman! While Uber’s core ride-hailing operation continues to struggle during the pandemic, they’ve just acquired Postmates for a measly $2.65 billion (approximately the same price as getting Sugarfish delivered). Although Uber will combine Postmates with their own food-delivery division, Uber Eats, the latter will continue to operate under the same name, which is great news for anyone who bought some Postmates swag back in 2015.

  • Openings: South LA Ethiopian spot Azla Vegan has opened a second outpost in Leimert Park; Long Beach is now home to the first U.S. location of Japanese chain Champion’s Curry (a second is set to open in Little Tokyo in mid-July); Dun Huang brought their northwestern Chinese noodles from New York City to Westwood; and Caravan Swim Club just opened up this past week at the Hotel June in Playa del Rey. Is that everything? That should be everything.

  • New Outdoor Seating Options: Sun Nong Dan, Tree of Wishes, John O’Groats, Otafuku Noodle House, Pann’s Diner, and the legendary Casa Vega are all back this week with brand-new patio and outdoor dining options. For a full list of outdoor dining spots, check out our guide to LA Restaurants Where You Can Eat Outside Today.

  • Blackout Day 2020: Tuesday, July 7th is #BlackoutDay2020, a day in which Black Americans plan to either shop exclusively at Black-owned businesses, or spend no money at all. The objective here is to highlight the community’s immense spending power in this country - Nielsen estimates over $1 trillion were spent on consumer goods in 2018. If you’re choosing to use your dollars today, we’ve put together a list of 300+ Black-owned restaurants in LA.

  • Honey’s Kettle Expands: On Monday, Culver City fried chicken joint Honey’s Kettle expanded their delivery range with the opening of the first Honey Drop Kitchen, which delivers to DTLA, USC, Ktown, Inglewood, and cities in between. A second Hollywood outpost is set to open later this summer.

  • Jinya Turns 10: Joining the ranks of JiffPom and your little cousin with more Instagram followers than you, Jinya Ramen is turning ten years old next week. And to celebrate, on July 15th, not only are they bringing back the tonkotsu ramen from the original Jinya in Tokyo, they’re offering three of their best-selling bowls (spicy chicken, creamy vegan, and tonkotsu black) for just one Alexander Hamilton ($10). Perfect timing on so many layers.

  • Permanent Closures: Hopefully we’ll be able to un-report this at some point in time, but the vegan Creole restaurant Krimsey’s Modern Cajun and Chinatown’s historic Plum Tree Inn have both closed permanently.

this isn’t restaurant news, but it’s still IMPORTANT:

In a tribute to Ennio Morricone, Yo-Yo Ma posted this video of him playing the Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso. The iconic Italian film composer, who worked with Quentin Tarantino, John Carpenter, Sergio Leone, and Pier Paolo Pasolini (among many, many others) died Monday at the age of 91.


WEEK OF JUNE 29TH

  • Restaurants Have Been Forced To Close: As of July 1st, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that all restaurants in LA county - as well as 19 other counties across the state - must immediately cease dine-in operations due to COVID-19. Outdoor dining is still permitted, as is takeout and delivery. For more information on the latest mandate, click here.

  • Oh, And Bars Too: Nine days after being given the OK to reopen, bars in LA County were ordered to close on Sunday, due to the statewide spike in COVID cases. We’re pretending to be shocked. We also know we’re going to need a drink, so in the meantime, we’ve got updated lists for to-go cocktails, craft beer, and wine all right here.

  • Temporary Closures: Porridge & Puffs is taking a two-week pause from operations as they figure out their next move, and Salazar has postponed their reopening because of the recent COVID spike.

  • Openings: Welcome Moto Ramen in Culver City, which is now available for takeout/delivery, and Uncool Burgers, an all-day restaurant in Larchmont Village that was started by the people behind Tacos Tu Madre - and is apparently the restaurant-version of us in the eighth grade.

  • Beers For Justice: LA’s Mumford Brewing is one of 900 breweries in the U.S. and around the world selling specialty beers to benefit the ACLU. Their contribution, called Black Is Beautiful, is an Imperial Stout brewed with coffee and cacao, and it’s available starting June 30.

  • A New Pasjoli: The Santa Monica French restaurant will be back for dine-in service starting July 16 - with some major changes. Gone will be the á la carte ordering system and tableside duck presses, replaced instead with a new $95 three-course menu (don’t worry, you can still order the duck - they just prepare it in the kitchen now). Also, you gotta wear a mask, which… duh. Reservations required.

  • Sqirl Away: Sqirl is back, too! Although it looks a little different now - instead of the sidewalk cafe we all know, love, and have spent the better part of a year waiting for a table at, the Virgil Village spot has transitioned into a market provisions shop, where you can buy everything from chicken porridge and charcuterie to their excellent wi-fi T-shirt. Score.

  • Broad Street Oyster x Mariscos Jalisco: In perhaps the best news of the past three months, Broad Street Oyster announced that they’ll be celebrating one year in their Malibu space - and launching their new pop-up with local coffee roasters Joules & Watts - with a huge party on the 4th of July. On the guest list? A Mariscos Jalisco truck, free samples from Nancy’s Fancy Gelato, and exclusive merch. Highly considering camping overnight for this one.

  • We Did Hugo’s Wrong: Hugo’s Tacos announced in an Instagram post that they’re closing both their Studio City and Atwater Village locations due to “the constant conflicts over guests refusing to wear masks.” What’s not clicking here, LA? Respect the workers, or don’t eat out at restaurants. Speaking of, they’ve started a GoFundMe fundraiser to support their impacted employees.

  • And While We’re Here: Both Doubting Thomas and E Stretto experienced break-ins this weekend. You can support these restaurants by ordering from them this week — call (424) 501-4118 to place an order at Doubting Thomas, and (213) 265-7017 for E Stretto.

  • Permanent Closures: This week, we say goodbye to Bibo Ergo Sum in West Hollywood and Lincoln in Pasadena. You will be missed.

And in king taco news...

King Taco Didn’t Start The Flame Wars: Say what you want about King Taco, the LA restaurant chain founded by Raul Martínez, Sr. in 1974 (which had previously been operated out of a converted ice cream truck). Well... maybe not anything. After a tweet surfaced in which someone compared the Mexican fast food chain to Taco Bell, the internet erupted into abject chaos:

Moral of the story? Don’t come for the King.

Also... we just revived our ancient, slightly-decrepit Twitter account. Follow us @InfatuationLA for all of the latest restaurant news and King Taco updates.


WEEK OF JUNE 22ND

And in ja rule news...

Ja Rule x Papa Cristo’s: It was the spanakopita spot heard ’round the world, or at least the internet - a very viral “commercial” featuring Ja Rule espousing the virtues of his (and our) favorite Greek restaurant in LA, Papa Cristo’s. So how did this blursed collaboration come to be? Apparently, the answer is two-fold:

  1. Ja Rule wants to help small businesses.
  2. Ja Rule wants to win Celebrity Show-Off, a new show on TBS in which “celebrities will be given the opportunity to see who can produce the most compelling viral content from the comfort of their own homes.”

So… yeah. We got played by the dude who helped created Fyre Festival.

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