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800 Degrees Will Rule the World, OC's Tipping Woes, and More A.M. Intel

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Plus Madame Monsieur is a Downtown gem, and Philz Coffee hits Huntington Beach

Salazar, Frogtown
Salazar, Frogtown
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800 Degrees eyes global dominance with massive new investment

After already expanding into Dubai and Tokyo, it seems 800 Degrees next wants to take over the world. The fast casual pizza company has brought on a new CEO and Chief Development Officer respectively, along with a huge investment from venture capital firm Murfey Ventures that should help them expand, expand, expand. Apparently the pizza world is big business.

C&M Cafe expands to the Valley

Ventura Boulevard Magazine shows off the expansion of C&M Cafe from their Palms original to a new home in Sherman Oaks. The breakfast and lunch option is expanding with beer and wine to boot, and have landed at 12924 Riverside Drive.

Club Los Globos could lead to parking restrictions

Silver Lake’s seriously popular Club Los Globos is causing headaches for locals who swear they can’t find parking on their own street during show nights. The Eastsider says that could mean parking restrictions are on the way, with an overnight ban of noon-permitted residents nightly from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. For what it’s worth, the restrictions are supported by the club.

The beautiful French-ness of Madame Monsieur

LA Downtowner takes a peek inside cutesy sandwich and coffee shop Madame Monsieur, showing off the lovely family that runs the place, as well as their delectable fare.

Salazar’s insane website

LA Magazine deep-dives into the world of Frogtown favorite Salazar and their insane 90’s-styled website, complete with MIDI sounds and scrolling GIFs. It’s very tongue in cheek, of course, but boy oh boy is it cringe-worthy.

Orange County isn't ready to have the tipping debate yet

The OC Register points to two restaurants in Orange County under chef/owner Noah Blöm that have recently reverted back to a tipped dining format. Blöm's restaurants made the switch to to tip-free several months ago, locking in front of house staff at $15 an hour instead. But the move jumped menu prices to a point that felt unsustainable, and with reservations continuing to dwindle Blöm felt there was no other alternative but to revert to tipping.

One less breakfast burrito

The LA Times laments the loss of Alpha Dogs, a four year-old breakfast burrito option inside a gas station in La Verne. The place will close at the end of the month, citing slow sales and (surprise) a tough location.

Philz Coffee makes for Huntington Beach

The Philz Coffee slow crawl continues as the Bay Area brand next looks to branch into Huntington Beach. The Orange County outlet lands at the new (well, finally completed is perhaps more accurate) Pacific City shopping and dining complex, right across PCH from the beach.

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