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Isaac Toast, 2010 Cupcake Challenge, Rush Street Expands, Ketel One Canteen

WESTWOOD— Grub Street shares news that Isaac Toast, a Korean chain, opened its first US location yesterday. The restaurant now serves salads, fresh juice, and "Korean sandwiches influenced by the States." [GS]

HOLLYWOOD— This was bound to happen. On February 20 the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel will host the 2010 Cupcake Challenge featuring 20 bakeries from LA and OC. Bakers compete in the following categories: best traditional, best original, and best overall cupcake. Tix run $40. [EaterWire]

WEST SIDE— Owners of Culver City's Rush Street plan to open a more casual beer pub concept mid 2010. Think pub food and microbrews, location and name tbd. [EaterWire]

HOLLYWOOD— Drop by Cahuenga and Hollywood Blvd between today and Dec 19 (midnight to 2AM) to experience the Ketel One Canteen. Perks: Free food cooked by Ilan Hall, free bottled water, fee ride home. [LAW]

Rush Street

9546 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA, 90232