— Pinkberry in Old Town Pasadena has closed, making way for another ice cream concept. It's possibly going to become a Paradis, which would be nice, or some other similarly-named shop. But really, this whole froyo thing is officially over now, right?
— The Chestnut Club, which opened last year with one of the best cocktail menus in town, has a new bar bites menu so that you can nibble on dishes and keep drinking through the night. Think freshly-shucked oysters, burrata with speck, and more.
— Fans of uber-chain King Taco should rejoice in Glendale, because they've opened a swell new spot along Broadway. No word on what the hours will be, but generally King Taco tends to serve late into the night, which could add a great new midnight dining option to the neighborhood.
— Artisanal LA is doing a pop-up at West Elm Beverly Blvd on August 16, with local coffee, jams, pastas, and pickles galore. Hours will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— Bar Pintxo a new deal going down in anticipation of the Santa Monica Twilight Concert series at the beach nearby. They’re running a pre-show happy hour until 6:30 p.m. that features lots of cheap specials and drink discounts, and another post 10 p.m. for anyone heading home. The late night option runs until midnight.
— Coffee hound Jack Benchakul is selling off his gleaming Cognoscenti modbar cart, which was previously stationed inside Scoops Chinatown, as he plans his own upcoming coffee space nearby. Anyone interested in rocking one of the coolest mobile espresso bars anywhere?
— Major Dave’s Chicken hits the one year mark in Pasadena this month. Run by a thee-time Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, the shop is doing deals all month on picnic setups, including 10% off on any meal with 10 or more pieces. Remember, Major Dave's is currently the only other place in L.A. serving hot chicken.
— The Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance is no stranger to popular food festivals, and their recent looks to be just as well-received. The second annual Rising Tohoku Food Fair event runs August 20 - 23, and features dance performances, craft workshops, and loads of Japanese food.