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LocoL Returns Tomorrow, Alvin Cailan's Next Pop-Up Plan, and More A.M. News

Plus, L.A.'s best bagel makers need your help.

Inside Unit 120, Chinatown
Inside Unit 120, Chinatown
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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.

Here's Looking at You does Unit 120

Alvin Cailan's Unit 120 restaurant incubator is on a roll, adding on a night of cooking by Jonathan Whitener of upcoming Koreatown project Here's Looking at You. The Animal vet tells the Times that he and partner Lien Ta will be doing the $75 event as a way to give people a sense of what's to come with their original Koreatown concept, which should debut later this year.

Bulletproof Coffee inching ever closer in the Arts District

Hot buttered coffee is almost here, Arts District. According to insiders, Bulletproof is only a couple of short months away from opening, as build-out is nearly complete inside the One Santa Fe megacomplex along the river. Soon, all your buttered morning needs will be met.

Help Belle's Bagels get a new space

Want to help one of the city's best bagelmakers find a new home? Sign this petition. The idea is to convince a Highland Park landlord that there's more than enough business from willing locals to support their DIY bagel enterprises. Nothing's set in stone of course, as founders JD Rocchio and Nick Schreiber are still very much on the hunt for space in what is quickly becoming a priced-out neighborhood, but hey, lending your signature couldn't hurt, right?

LocoL reopens tomorrow

After taking a much-needed breather, Watts fast food gamechanger LocoL plans to reopen tomorrow. Chef Roy Choi gives thanks for the week of support on his Instagram account, while announcing that, due to overwhelming demand, the restaurant will be closed for all foreseeable Mondays.

SPREAD THE WORD TO THE WORLD FROM WATTS: *** WOW. We cannot THANK YOU enough for the overwhelming amount of love we’ve received these last 5 days. Your support has been the backbone of this entire process, from conception to grand opening on MLK Day. It’s more than we could have ever imagined, a non-stop line every day from opening to closing. Thank you, thank you, thank you! So, we’re gonna take a quick breather to let our team and food prep catch-up. We’ve served thousands of amazing meals since Monday and we want to make sure that we continue doing so. Everything on our menu, including your favorites - LocoL Cheeseburg, Messy Beef Chili Bowl and BBQ Turkey Foldie - is prepared from scratch, nothing frozen. Our food is the magical result of a careful fermentation process that needs love and takes time. Our team has been prepping all hours of the night and the community scarfs it all down by 2:30 the next day. We are all scrambling just to keep up for dinner service. Simply amazing. Therefore, we will be closed this coming Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (Jan 24, 25, 26) and every Monday until further notice. See you back on Wednesday Jan 27 at 11AM. Thank you for your understanding and for being a part of LocoL history. You have no idea how much it means to us. –The LocoL Team #LocoL

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The city's best New Orleans food

Brandon Boudet of Dominick's/Little Dom's fame ticks off a list of great New Orleans-inspired fare that can be found around the city, telling the Weekly that the good stuff is all around (if you know where to look). He doesn't name drop Little Jewel in Chinatown, though, opting instead to rep his own spots (including Cafe 101 and MiniBar).

Latino coffee in L.A.

The Guardian takes a closer look at coffee in Los Angeles — particularly where Latinos are concerned. Citing options like Tierra Mia and Primera Taza as examples, the pub says that Latino-focused coffee is on the rise city-wide.

West Third's own shawarma/al pastor spot?

What's up with this ominous new sign next to Simplethings on West Third Street? Formerly a boutique shop, the space is now papered over, except for this hanging 'cutting soon' sign. The name and and vertical spit-looking logo might imply some sort of Middle Eastern restaurant or al pastor specialist, but maybe it's just a bad logo for a worse hair salon? Who knows.