— Remember how POT mysteriously closed last week? Last Friday, Roy Choi's restaurant within The Line hotel reopened with a new menu that shifts the focus away from the shared soup concept, incorporating a soju bar inside the restaurant and a freshly minted street entrance.
— Has your life felt incomplete ever since Starry Kitchen made its exit from the restaurant world? For one night only, those who miss Nguyen and Thi Tran's tasty tofu balls can get them again for one night only. This Thursday evening, Uber Eats will offer Starry Kitchen's Malaysian chicken curry with Okinawan sweet potatoes and carrots with a side of tofu balls and sriracha aioli. Seems like they really "ain't dead yet."
— Homegirl Café, the consumer-facing arm of non-profit Homeboy Industries, has expanded to Culver Studios in Culver City. As of yesterday, members are operating a commissary right on the lot, serving takeaway meals and a full slate of daily lunch dishes. Unfortunately, the new café is currently only for those with access to the lot, though their Chinatown location and LAX takeaway spot remain. —FE
— Longstanding Westside Italian staple Capo scored a huge win yesterday when it was given Grand Award status by Wine Spectator. The highest recognition for a restaurant wine list, The Grand Award was only granted to seven other restaurants around the world this year, including Aux Beaux Arts in Macao; Bleu Provence in Naples, Florida; Marcello's La Sirena in West Palm Beach, Florida; Pearl & Ash in New York; the Plumed Horse in Saratoga, California; Print Hall in Perth, Australia; and Spruce in San Francisco.