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Ballast Point Surprise Opens in Long Beach Today, and More A.M. Intel

Plus, a Suge Knight/Chris Brown Club Battle, and the history of Sriracha

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Ballast Point Long Beach has arrived

It looks like Ballast Point is ready to pull up and start pouring at their new Long Beach location. The San Diego-based brewery has been in the works to bring a taproom to Los Angeles County for a while now, and just yesterday out of nowhere they announced plans to open up at 11 a.m. sharp. Got the day off? You can start heading that way now — or just wait for what will surely be a very busy weekend.

Water Grill expands to South Coast Plaza

Looks like more love for seafood-focused Water Grill, as the upscale restaurant that helped to bring so many big name chefs to prominence in Los Angeles will expand to Orange County later this summer. The plan is to land at South Coast Plaza, alongside a bevy of other high-quality L.A. concepts that have migrated out that way. More on this one as it comes together.

Union returns

Marie Petulla and Bruce Kalman’s Union restaurant in Pasadena has been down for a bit in order to score some much-needed upgrades, but is returning as of this coming Sunday. They’re taking OpenTable reservations now, so time to get back in there and enjoy some of the best pasta (and hospitality) in the city.

Sonoratown hits the big leagues

Things are coming up Sonoratown, as the tiny Northern Mexican taco spot in the Fashion District keeps getting a ton of press. Here’s this lengthy bit from Downtown blog Get Downtown, even as Jonathan Gold himself hints at more words to come on Sonoratown himself in the coming weeks.

Trencher adds small plates

Echo Park sandwich favorite Trencher has added small plates to their evening menu, beginning at 4 p.m. and running until close. Mostly known for their hearty sandwiches and game day Dodgers fare, the side street stop-off is also growing more popular with evening crowds, thanks to their array of $6 plates that include wings, quesadillas, ribs and more.

The moving beauty of Sriracha

Over at The Ringer, Bill Simmons’ new sports and pop culture site, associate editor Danny Chau talks about all things Sriracha. The Los Angeles-based writer talks about the lengthy history of the product, while wrapping it up in his own narrative growing up in a Vietnamese household in Rosemead. Sriracha, Chau argues, is now a "quintessentially American flavor."

Suge Knight hates 1Oak and Chris Brown

Music industry villain Suge Knight is apparently suing Chris Broand and the club 1Oak after a shooting in West Hollywood that dates back to 2014. The Sunset Boulevard spot accuses liability and negligence, and asks for an unspecified amount of money, says TMZ.

West Hollywood’s La Bohème comes back out swinging

It’s a new menu and new chef for Weho’s La Bohème on Santa Monica Boulevard, as the decades-old restaurant continues to switch things up. Incoming Sicilian-born chef Leonardo Daniele is now the chef de cuisine under executive chef Walter Greenwood, and will be pushing the Italian flavors with his new dinner menu. The full slate of new offerings is below.

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