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Aburiya Toranoko Does Lunch, Baby Blues Expansion Plans, Escuela Opening in About Two Weeks, MORE!

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DOWNTOWN Michael Cardenas' month and a half old izakaya concept, Aburiya Toranoko, commences daily lunch service on March 7, served from 11:30AM-2:30PM. [EaterWire]

DC Popular LA barbecue joint Baby Blues BBQ eyes East Coast expansion. In addition to its two LA spots, owners currently operate one restaurant in Philly, but according to Philly manager John Fischer, "We're looking to put Baby Blues up the entire East Coast." And as for West Coast expansion, Baby Blues could open in Redondo Beach and Maui. [Eater DC]

MID-CITY We've been wondering what's the hold up at Steven Arroyo's (Cobras & Matadors) new taco haunt, Escuela, on Stanley near Beverly. Mondette noticed fresh new signage and snapped an interior shot. Shortly thereafter, LAW chimed in with the opening date: March 15. [LAW]

BEVERLY HILLS It's time LA got better bagels, which may or may not happen with the addition of The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. Anyway, this bakery/deli situation should open March 18, check out its movel (yes, that would be menu+novel). [Grub Street]

AROUND TOWN Though an essential cocktail may be difficult to define, The Goldster takes a crack at it calling out his 55 favorite libations around town. [LAW]

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Toranoko

243 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Toranoko

243 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

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