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Crashing at the Drive Thru, Craft Beer’s LA Moment, and More A.M. Intel

Plus Jessica Largey speaks truth, and a new chef at the Andaz West Hollywood

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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.

Justin Taylor IN at Andaz West Hollywood

WeHo’s Andaz hotel is bringing chef Justin Taylor onboard the Riot House restaurant, to help overhaul the hotel’s dining program. Expect lots of small bites and plenty of vegetables from the East Coast native, who was previously at the Andaz 5th Avenue in New York.

A crash at Jack in the Box

Customers of Echo Park’s Jack in the Box on Sunset Boulevard got a strong surprise yesterday as a crash on the street sent a vehicle right into the drive thru lane. Two people were sent to the hospital, though one person driving a car that apparently belongs to the Dodgers organization has already been released, says The Eastsider.

Big wins for LA breweries

This year’s Great American Beer Fest has come and gone, and Los Angeles really cleaned up with medals. The teams behind places like Highland Park Brewery (which earned its first gold) and Arts District Brewing all got in on the mix, with 19 total area medals being handed out, says LA Weekly.

Jessica Largey is important

Take some time to read through this lengthy, but very worth it, post on Instagram from chef Jessica Largey. It’s a personal and touching reflection of her journey through Manresa, the James Beard Foundation Awards, and beyond, and hits some seriously important topics — like mandatory paid time off for employees at her upcoming restaurant Simone — along the way.

18 months ago @katkinsman grabbed me "I have to take a photo of you..." I was on top of the world in this moment and I'm so glad she captured it. It was the pivotal point in a new era of my life, that no one knew I was about to enter. I walked away from everything and one week later won a James Beard Award, such complete affirmation. I've spent the past 18 months focused on a topic that she and I share a passion for. It is not 'easy' to digest and often regarded as taboo. It is a stark contrast to the romantic notions of being a chef... but it is a reality to most in this industry at some point in their career. It was for me, for far too long. Kat presented at MAD symposium this year about mental health. She and I have had numerous candid conversations on the topic and through that we have become dear friends. I didn't know what she would say or how it would be received but I trusted her. Completely. I told her I would answer honestly to any questions she had. Last night she sent me this transcript that is posted in the link on my profile. I'm sharing it because like she says, we HAVE TO. @dcpatterson came out with an incredible essay yesterday detailing his own journey. Please take the time to read both. Today is National Depression Screening Day, a most fitting time to consider yourself and others you care for. I said this to her before but I must express again: Thank you, Kat, for making this about humans. On one last note... The name SIMONE is loosely based off of Nina Simone who I have deeply admired my entire life but the real truth behind the name is that it means 'one who listens'. That is the intention behind every decision I have made throughout the process of building a restaurant. I want each and every person to feel respected, appreciated and valued. I am opening a restaurant to create a well balanced and positive environment for my staff. It will not be easy, it will be far more difficult than I can imagine. I am terrified and anxious but it is what will make me the best Jes, the best chef I can be and the best experience for both employees and guests alike. @simoneartsdist - I can't wait to meet you.

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Caffeine-free coffee comes to Venice

There’s a 10-day coffee pop-up coming to Abbot Kinney thanks to Swiss Water, who will be hosting a decaf party in Venice beginning this Friday. The party goes down at 1421 Abbot Kinney, and will showcase the company’s apparent ability to take beans from your favorite roaster and decaffeinate them without losing the flavor. They’ll also be hosting evening events with food and cocktails throughout the run.

Dinner With Friends is dinner and a show

Feastly’s next turn is with a mid-October run called Dinner With Friends, done in partnership with InHouse Theatre. The idea is to turn each $85 coursed meal into a full theatrical experience, complete live action as guests eat dinner.

Chez Tex launches lunch

Venice newcomer Chez Tex is launching lunch as of this coming Thursday, running from 11 a.m. on. Dine in and takeout options will begin being available starting at 8 a.m. with Counter Culture coffee and pastries from Superba; the opening lunch menu is below.