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Crustacean Gets a Fancy Five Stars, Stanley's May be Done in Sherman Oaks, and More A.M. Intel

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Plus, a Formosa Cafe update.

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Esters Wine Shop, Santa Monica
Esters Wine Shop, Santa Monica
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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.

What does this award mean exactly?

Crustacean in Beverly Hills managed to pull down a Five-Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. The award is for the fancy folks, but shows just how influential the An family is. What’s more: they’re the first Vietnamese restaurant to ever be granted the Five-Star Diamond.

More wine, please

Esters Wine Shop has bowed to popular demand and extended their hours, now running from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every weekday but Monday, and keeping the doors open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

A shutter in the Valley

Stanley’s in Sherman Oaks may well be on its last legs, having shuttered suddenly last week. The team said on August 9 on their Facebook page that they’d be up and running again soon, but so far, nothing. Yelpers think it might be a pest problem.

WeHo's ritzy karaoke overhaul

Blind Dragon is tweaking some things. The West Hollywood karaoke hotspot owned by the h.wood group introduces live jazz on Friday nights and a new bar bites menu, including $14 fries and $10 spring rolls.

Seafood value on the Westside

You might not realize it, but Jason Neroni really is looking to give diners value at his seafood restaurant Catch & Release in Marina del Rey. Find out how he does it right here. [FoodGPS]

Want to work near a really cool new museum?

Downtown’s Otium is coming along nicely. So nicely, in fact, they’re hiring up now. Want to know more? Here you go:

Keep the resumes coming! Email us at for kitchen and dining room staff positions #jobposts #otiumla

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An Eastside brunch you need to know about

Brunch is back on at Elysian this weekend, the Frogtown event venue turned occasional home for pop-up dinners. They’ve been massively popular with Eastsiders for a while now, and run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only. You can reserve here.

But will Formosa return to its former glory?

Longtime customers are starting to say that Formosa Cafe is listening to their appeals (and actually letting them have some input) on the ill-fated rehab going down inside. Some of the more colorful bits of decor are coming back, but that red paint job may be gone forever.