Steven Arroyo has had an interesting run up till now. In the fall of 2008 he opened Church & State, turning the French bistro into one of the hottest eateries around by drawing in Walter Manzke to man the stoves. However, shortly thereafter he was forced to shutter other venues, specifically Cobras & Matadors across town. A few months later came the opening of a new sandwich spot on Beverly called Potato Chips, followed by the news that Church & State biz partner Yassmin Sarmadi has bought out Arroyo, making her the sole proprietor of the consistently packed C&S. Seemingly an odd decision considering the restaurant's popularity. Arroyo went on to join forces with Adam Fleischman at Umami Los Feliz and Santa Monica, but let's get back to Potato Chips for a sec.
The small shop started off slinging sandwiches, then moved on to tacos, followed by breakfast. Looks like Arroyo has been testing out some new restaurant concepts because he is currently in the process of (though still a few months away) opening a taqueria nearby to Potato Chips on the corner of Stanley and Beverly. The small space is clearly under construction with papered over windows, but once open get excited about a live lobster tank for fresh lobster tacos, among other goodies. More to come. [EaterWire]