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Street Vending's Half-Billion Dollar Enterprise, Burbank's Full Sized Steak 'N Shake, More A.M. News

Plus the end of Dominick's in West Hollywood.

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Dominick's, West Hollywood
Dominick's, West Hollywood
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.

Street vending is worth half a billion dollars

According to a report from the Economic Roundtable, L.A.’s less-than-legal street vendors are collectively generating more than $500 million annually in what they’re calling ‘economic stimulus’. LA Weekly points out the report, tacking on a lost tax gain for the city of about $43 million, if regulated properly. Time to consider some common sense legalization efforts, maybe?

Burbank gets all the chains

Hey Midwesterners, you can relax now: there’s a full-sized Steak 'N Shake in Burbank. According to Yelp photos, the new location on East Palm Avenue features the usually all-day menu, plus table service and the full array of burgers, making it a far cry from the grab-and-go option on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

It’s secret egg nog week

Food GPS is doing an off-menu egg nog dish in partnership with Poppy + Rose Downtown this week. The French Toast offering will only run today through Thursday and Saturday through Sunday, but it’s a fun way to get into the holiday spirit while feeling cool that you know about an off-menu item.

No more Dominick’s, for real

Last night was the final evening of service for longtime West Hollywood restaurant legend Dominick’s. Loads of people made it out to share their final goodbyes for one of the neighborhood’s longtime stalwarts. As first reported by Eater, a restaurant named Verlaine is reportedly next up for the space.

LocoL looks almost finished

Here’s a sneak shot from Roy Choi’s Instagram showing the mostly finished interior of LocoL in Watts, showing what looks like a wraparound ordering/service counter and a mostly open kitchen. Remember, the debut is still reportedly just a few weeks away.

Starting see it.. #LocoL

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