· Need a gift for the foodie in your life? Ear plugs. Not for you, for them, especially if they want to eat at Rustic Canyon. [Chowhound]
· Open-mic institution Highland Grounds is closing after 15 years. Pay your respects at a big blowout tomorrow night. New name will be D!VE. (PS: Anyone know if the Leslie Brenner who owns HG and Hugo's is the Leslie Brenner, food editor at the LA Times?) Intriguing. [Fishbowl LA, Calendar Live]
· The former Little Pedro's debuts as Bordello this Saturday night, step sister property of two other downtown spots: Royal Claytons and the soon-to-open Bridge Tavern, which will open around February. [Calendar Live]
· We got a note in the inbox about Long Beach favorite Lasher's opening in Burbank: "Website alludes to a soft December opening, yet so soft that no mention of its being open has made the site - progress, or, just too many things going on to get to it!" [EaterWire Inbox]
PS: Leslie Brenner from LA Times quickly writes in: "Unlike the Leslie Brenner who owns Hugo's, I don't have a dubya anywhere in my name."