Better paid baristas
Bar Nine Coffee, which sits in a quiet warehouse district in Culver City, has eliminated tips. While that means prices will increase marginally, about 25 to 50 cents per order, the baristas will be paid a much higher wage. The policy starts January 1. They're following Danny Meyer's lead, who will gradually eliminate tips and incorporate service charges into the prices at his New York restaurants.
The Larder is conveniently open
The Larder at Brentwood's Tavern and on Burton Way are open today until 10 p.m. and tomorrow until 11 a.m. for any last minute Thanksgiving needs. Pick up some pastries and ease your turkey day workflow.
Courage & Craft now open for business at Grand Central Market
The quality liquor and wine shop at Grand Central Market is now open at the Broadway end of the bustling food hall. Founded by Nicholas Krok of Bestia and Ryan Duffy, they'll have small batch spirits, craft beers, and wine on the go, though for slightly higher prices. They're open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday to Wednesday, and until 9 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.
Chef, the film by Jon Favreau and based mostly in L.A. (though it ventured plenty out of town as well), is getting a Bollywood adaptation. Also that cubano restaurant that Favreau had planned with Roy Choi has gotten a bit delayed, with no tracked opening or location in sight.
PizzaRev's treat for Black Friday shoppers
PizzaRev is offering $5 pizzas all day on Friday, which means Black Friday shoppers can get a cheap pizza deal to go with all the other madness. Also, $20 gift cards come as a bonus for anyone getting a $50 gift card. An easy way to multiply stocking stuffers.
One year already for Love & Salt
Open for a year in Manhattan Beach, Love & Salt is holding a special dinner with Michael Voltaggio and Kelly Whitaker (Pizzeria Basta, Boulder, Colorado) as a fundraiser for Alex Weiser's Tehachapi Grain Project. The dinner runs December 3 at 7 p.m., with the tasting menu priced at $80 for four courses plus passed apps. Book here.