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Salazar Almost Ready in Frogtown, Vodka Gets Bigger in LA, More A.M. Intel

Plus the return (at least in photo form) of conveyor belt dining — from your car.

A motormat in Los Angeles
A motormat in Los Angeles
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Pico Blvd. adds a French bakery

Following the dust-up at Mid City’s La Maison du Pain (you know, where they embezzled millions from a former employer), it sort of makes sense that another player might creep into the neighborhood. This once’s called The Sweet Nuns, and they specialize in stacked cream puffs called religieuses.

Second Chances at Homeboy Industries

Fast Company talks to the folks at Homeboy Industries about their mission statement, their troubles, and the importance of simply saying yes to people.

Good Food goes to La Puente

In the latest Good Food, KCRW and Jonathan Gold tackle Golden Owl in La Puente. The so-called Burmese fusion spot is known for its cross-border culinary connections, including barbecue pork bowls and catfish stew.

Is Salazar really only a month away?

Co-owner Billy Silverman seems to think so, per this Instagram post showing the work in progress.

next month? let's say next month.

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Here’s to the motormat

LAist has a fun look at a forgotten part of LA’s longstanding drive-thru culture: the motormat. Basically a conveyor belt system that eliminated people from the process of delivering food to cars, the motormat was oddly ahead of its time and never quite hit the big time. Take a look at these cool old photos from one bygone motormat spot called The Track, which used to sit on Beverly Boulevard.

LA's best (and only) pure vodka distillery is growing

That's per LA Weekly, which says the fledgling Arts District operation Loft & Bear has gotten too big for its own space. The solution? 8,000 square feet in Huntington Park, which will hopefully allow the award-winning brand the opportunity to grow further and faster than ever before.

Lucky Baldwins does Oktoberfest

Sure, the party technically started on Saturday, but it's running through the end of the month so there's plenty of opportunity to get out and enjoy this Pasadena beer party.