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Belly & Snout in Koreatown Closed Following Weekend Burglary

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Bad news for the Filipino fast casual option.

Belly & Snout, Koreatown
Belly & Snout, Koreatown
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.

Recent Koreatown favorite Belly & Snout has garnered plenty of attention since opening roughly a year ago. Unfortunately some of that attention seems to be of the wrong variety, as unknown burglars deemed the place theft-worthy over the weekend.

It's a tough break for the well-received Western Avenue space, which began dishing out comfort food twists on common Filipino fare around this time last year. In some ways the restaurant has even been an early adopter of the recently-expanded modern Filipino food movement, which is now being underscored by chefs like Charles Olalia at Ricebar and the Valencia brothers behind the LASA pop-ups in Frog Town.

Photos of the break-in indicate a smash and grab, with the glass next to the front door currently boarded over. Belly & Snout remained closed over the weekend and has not yet solidified a return date, though it should be any day now (Eater reached out for comment, but has yet to hear back).

This latest crime marks what feels like an uptick in unwanted restaurant issues of late, from kitchen fires to arsonists to tip jar bandits.