Beverly Center P.F. Chang's closing in January
It's a sad day for Mid-City shopaholics. The Beverly Center P.F. Chang's, located on the ground floor of the massive shopping complex right on La Cienaga, will shutter in January. Remember that the mall's Capital Grille shuttered earlier this year, with the massive Grand Lux Cafe biting the dust in 2013. That leaves California Pizza Kitchen as the only sit-down option for hungry shoppers in the immediate area. Sigh.
Simbal finally adds cocktails
Finally, the missing piece of the Simbal puzzle has arrived. Recently granted a full liquor license, the hidden Little Tokyo gem has added a cocktail list full of Southeast Asian flair. Think drinks like the Talent Scout with bourbon, coconut curacao, coffee vermouth, and bitters; and the Jade of Hearts with vodka, Cocchi Rosa, lime, Thai basil syrup, lemongrass, and salt.
Tartine and Blue Bottle have scrapped their merger
It was exciting news when SF's uber hip pastry and coffee retailers Tartine and Blue Bottle announced a merger. Well the companies broke up before thing even got started, stating that they will remain separate entities. Thankfully, they will continue their expansion in LA, just independently of each other.
Osso joins the brunch game
The Art District's Osso has launched brunch service, with tight menu of just about everything you want to be eating. There's Gist and Toll purple barley bowls, gnocchi alla carbonara, and, of course, that fried chicken served on a biscuit with chili vinegar and honey butter. Don't forget to order stellar morning libation by Darwin Manahan.
Mast pops up at Austere with chocolate bars galore
Brooklyn chocolatier Mast is popping up at Austere during Site Specific LA, a contemporary exhibition of Los Angeles design, beginning December 5. A limited edition Mast x Austere chocolate bar, inspired by vintage Swedish candy wrappings, will be on offer along with the entire suite of 2016 chocolate bars. Mast's first Los Angeles location will open in the Arts District in 2016.
80% stake in iconic Sunset Tower hotel sold of $75 million
Elevated Returns, a New York City-based investment group, recently purchase a majority stake in West Hollywood's Sunset Tower hotel for $75 million, reports WeHoville. KKHG Sunset Tower LLC will retain a 20% stake in the celebrity hot spot that is home to the popular Tower Bar.