No more Marrakesh
Marrakesh in Studio City seems to have closed after more than three decades in business. The lively Moroccan spot was known for its belly dancing shows, colorful bar, and easygoing Moroccan dishes, but apparently decided to shutter suddenly with little outside warning — their OpenTable account no longer accepts reservations, and no one’s answering the phone. Their Costa Mesa location, however, remains up and running.
Frogtown’s own brewery is coming
With more and more breweries considering a move to the northeast corner of the city, it’s no surprise that hip-as-can-be Frogtown is in line for its own brewery and homebrew supply store. Called, ideally enough, FrogTown Brewery, the fledgling operation will begin life as a homebrew shop only, with plans to be brewing by spring of next year.
it's almost Rose Cafe time...
The long-rehabbing Venice space seems perilously close to opening, as evidenced by this orientation shot from chef Jason Neroni.
GCM’s Oyster Festival
In a year filled with raw bars and oyster deals, Christophe Happillon is taking no prisoners. Owner of the Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Market, the seafood master is hosting an all-oyster showdown this weekend. Oyster farmers from across the U.S. will be on hand at the gourmet stand to help shuck and serve, teaching folks (and only charging $2 apiece) along the way.
More dirty restaurant closures in the San Gabriel Valley
We've seen this one before: facing stricter regulators and a changing climate, some restaurants are starting to feel the heat from the department of health. Case in point: these seven recent temporary shutters in the SGV, as chronicled by the Tribune out that way.
A comprehensive review of The Halal Guys
As done by The Offalo over at LA Taco. Among the recommendations: get the hot sauce on the side (it's spicy!), and make the trip at least once, even if you're only just curious about the hype. Oh, and expect a wait.