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Chik-Fil-A to Marina del Rey, Clark Street Bread Grows, and More A.M. Intel

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Plus all-you-can-eat Singaporean chili crab and lots of other news from around the city

Button Mash Echo Park
Button Mash, Echo Park
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Chik-Fil-A heads west

Look out, Marina Del Rey — your chicken prayers are about to be answered in the name of Chik-Fil-A, coming soon to a former Taco Bell on Lincoln Boulevard. The sure-to-be-busy fast food spot has signage up now, but is otherwise still in construction mode, says Toddrickallen.

Casey Lane keeps the hotel game alive

Casey Lane took some time out from his busy bi-coastal schedule to talk hotel dining with the LA Times. The former Parish chef is opening up big inside the Hotel Figueroa, and he tells the Times to expect "very flavorful, very fun small plates of food."

Locol goes to Smorgasburg

Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson's mobile fast food operation will begin parking at Smorgasburg starting this Sunday for an open ended residency (as in, they'll keep coming back every week as long as people keep buying burgers and foldies). If you haven't made the trip down to Watts, this is the perfect opportunity to try the community-focused concept.

Boba 7 says goodbye

Downtown’s Boba 7 on (you guessed it) 7th Street is saying goodbye at the end of October. The long-running spot is hoping to reemerge down the line with an all-new concept called, strikingly enough, Labobatory.

Clark Street Bread expands at GCM

The immensely popular Clark Street Bread will be expanding soon enough into some nice new digs in Echo Park, but in the meantime they’re shoring things up at Grand Central Market with a permanent new stall. Though it’s currently under construction, within a few weeks you should be able to get takeaway breads, order some freshly-made sandwiches, and even get La Colombe coffee to go.

The return of Tang’s

The long defunct (Wu) Tang’s Donuts in Silver Lake is earning another life, as the elusive Singh family behind the Sirtaj Beverly Hills hotel have decided to step in and revitalize the joint, says The Eastsider. They’re looking to serve beer and wine in conjunction with a 54-seat mostly outdoor restaurant, right on the busy Sunset Boulevard corner.

Krua Thai in West Covina makes the grade

The SGV Tribune has more than a few nice things to say about Krua Thai, the West Covina offshoot of the North Hollywood favorite. Saying the place is "always a hit," the publication lists off a number of must-try dishes, from straightforward favorites to lesser-eaten options worth the excursion.

OC’s restaurant expansion

The OC Register dishes on some food news for Laguna Beach, noting a pair of newcomers under the wing of restaurateur Scott McIntosh. One is Reunion Kitchen + Drink, the other Asada Tacos + Beer, but both "plus"-ified dining options stay pretty straightforward with, respectively, tacos and burritos, or burgers and salads.

All-you-can-eat Singaporean chili crab

The Japanese American Cultural Community Center (JACCC for short) is putting on an AYCE Singaporean chili crab party in Downtown tomorrow, with the famed Starry Kitchen crew working up their own version for the get-down. The event runs 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Downtown as a fundraiser, with $75 presale / $90 door tickets. Price includes all that crab, plus sides and a (nonalcoholic, though there will be a bar) drink. Can’t make it Saturday? It’s the one year anniversary of Button Mash too in Echo Park, so you’ll be able to get some crab on the sly tonight there as well.

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