The end of The Smell
Downtown’s iconic The Smell all-aged club could be going the way of the dodo, says Curbed, which reported on an application filed with the city to demolish most of the block the music venue sits on. That will also affect New Jalisco Bar, a stalwart gay bar in the Downtown scene. Apparently, there are no plans to take public comment on the issue either, which means customers won't get a say should anything happen.
Get some, Galco’s
The New York Times gives Galco’s in Highland Park some much-deserved love. The oddball soda shop is more than a neighborhood favorite: it’s a Los Angeles treasure. As if to nail the point home, the Times talks to owner John Nese who happily reports that business is booming. And no, he doesn’t have a favorite soda.
Yorkshire Square gets its brewer
Upcoming South Bay true English ales producer Yorkshire Square Brewing has found its new lead brewer — and he comes from a familiar place. Andy Black, who previously spent plenty of time at the city's other cask ale producer MacLeod in Van Nuys, is coming down to help. Black brings years of brewing experience in the old style, but more recently has been consulting and working at El Segundo Brewing. The brewery is expected to arrive by sometime in August.
Diplo hits Mini Kabob
One of Glendale's best kept secrets is Mini Kabob, the tiny-as-heck kabob shop just south of the Americana. Apparently word has started to leak out though, as none other than Diplo himself stopped in to take a photo with mama (and presumably eat some food).
Nick Montgomery pops up in Highland Park
Chef Nick Montgomery, most recently at Osso, is popping up with a collaboration brunch in Highland Park on Sunday, June 12. The Asian-leaning family-style menu will include sushi, oysters, and more, plus an open bar. Tickets run $75 a pop or $130 for a pair, and include a gift bag with items from local Highland Park retailers.
Pay your way onto the menu at Sack Sandwiches
Per an ongoing auction via eBay for Charity, it's possible for you (yes, you) to pay your way into the menuboard at Sack Sandwiches. In a bid to raise money for charity (the money goes to No Kid Hungry), chef Michael Voltaggio is letting anyone who wins the auction work with him to create and name a sandwich that will run at Sack Sandwiches for an entire month. You'll also get dinner for four at ink., and two three-day VIP passes to BottleRock Napa Valley in 2017. The highest bid right now is at just over $1,000, which is literally less than face value for dinner at ink. and the BottleRock tickets. Plus, you know, it's for charity.
LA Beer Week is almost here
It’s nearly LA Beer Week again, which means you’d better start preparing your body accordingly. The eight-day party begins June 18 with a kick-off party happening at L.A. Center Studios, and tickets are on sale now for $45 (or $65 VIP). You can also sort the full week of events by date, happening all across Los Angeles, right this way.