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No More Lunch at Birch, Buy Your LocoL Gear Now, and More A.M. News

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Plus Courage and Craft, and L.A.'s changing gay nightlife scene.

Birch, Hollywood
Birch, Hollywood
Wonho Frank Lee
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.

LocoL lands in January, but you can buy merch now

The upcoming Watts location of LocoL, Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson’s genre-bending fast food option, is apparently angling towards a January debut. Feel like repping the brand (or just their cartoon characters) now? You can do that, with the launch of a new merch shop online, where proceeds go directly back to the communities they serve, apparently.

No more lunch at Birch

Turns out Hollywood couldn’t sustain Birch for lunch, as the place announced yesterday that they would be shuttering for lunch service, effective immediately. So much for all those office workers nearby who complain about not having a decent option to enjoy during their midday break.

The history of LA's iconic gay nightclub scene

Over on Curbed there's a nice little feature on some of the city's most iconic (if a tad forgotten these days) gay nightclubs, and their uncertain coming days. The sort answer: lots of redevelopment.

Terrine goes for a celebratory tasting menu

Terrine Elizabeth Daniels

To ring in their first anniversary, Terrine is turning back the clock on several of their most popular rotating dishes, offering them all as part of a $65 prix fixe menu tasting on Monday, December 14. The six course menu also comes packed with loads of truffles, foie gras, and optional wine pairings, though you might do better with barman Ryan Wainwright’s throwback cocktails.

What’s up at Courage and Craft

LA Mag takes an inside look at the newest option at Grand Central Market: Courage and Craft, a liquor store by way of Nick Krok, plus partner Ryan Duffy. The fancy new pickup spot offers hard-to-source bottles, under-the-radar libations, and loads of big-name bottles to take home. Open now.

Teemu Selanne opens gourmet food shop in Laguna Beach

You may know the Selanne name from his years in the NHL, or from his popular Orange County restaurant Selanne Steak Tavern (which is pretty great, apparently), but now the former athlete is turning casual in Laguna Beach, with a tiny 200 square foot shop that sells everything from steaks and chops (butchered in-house), as well as soups, cheeses, finishing ingredients, and desserts. The shop sits adjacent to Steak Tavern, and runs 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.