EMC Seafood’s next turn
Looks like yet another location for EMC Seafood and Raw Bar, as the ocean-loving concept lands at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance sometime next summer. With its original location in Koreatown, another in the Valley, and a third in Irvine, the oyster-shucking takeover seems to have truly begun.
The arrival brings yet another seafood star to the packed South Bay, and continues the longstanding trend of pushing powerful concepts into shopping centers for all to enjoy. That’s been the successful Caruso Affiliated (The Grove, The Americana) model for years, and with Westfield getting in on the action up in Topanga and at Santa Anita, it only makes sense that Del Amo would want to add the likes of EMC to keep pace.
Meet and greet with Nancy Silverton
Feel like taking a chat with Mozza/La Brea Bakery founder Nancy Silverton? She’ll be signing books and saying hi at Mr. Marcel inside the Original Farmers Market on Saturday, December 17 from noon to 2 p.m. You’ll be able to grab copies of Mozza at Home, and even say hi to Nancy herself.
Big-name okonomiyaki for Sawtelle
According to Food Talk Central, there’s a new power player coming to Sawtelle Japantown this month. Known as Chinchikurin, the okonomiyaki specialist (watch the video below to get an idea) takes over the former Gottsui space, and has plans to come to life by the end of December at the latest.
The guest is always right, but …
Time for another Super Amazing Restaurant Show, this time with the guys talking all things customer service. Mostly it’s a light-hearted gripe session about what not to do as a customer in any restaurant, but does contain some strong language so listener beware.
What Trump means for the restaurant industry
First We Feast talked to a number of chefs across the country about what Trump’s incoming presidency could mean for their industry, including Eddie Ruiz, formerly of Corazon y Miel. While Ruiz admits that Los Angeles, with its thriving Mexican population, could remain a bit isolated from immigrant issues being proposed, he also says it’s setting up to be a tough time for labor and creativity in the kitchen.
Some Invasive Species for Long Beach
The Long Beach craft beer wars appear to be heating up, as Beachwood Brewing has recently launched a line of IPAs called Invasive Species. The name (and flavor profiles) nod to Ballast Point’s Sculpin series, a popular craft beer choice from a brewery that recently sold itself off to Constellation Beverage Group. Now that the company has a foothold in Long Beach, true locals like Beachwood are fighting back with alternate drinking options for anyone who wants it, says LA Weekly.
Clifton’s has changed its name
To go along with its new look and extended series of sub-spaces within the sprawling complex, the former Clifton’s Cafeteria has changed its name to Clifton’s Republic. The idea is that, well, everyone just calls it Clifton’s anyway, and the Republic part would make more sense as a collectivization of all the different concepts they’ve got working inside. RIP the Cafeteria name though.