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Picnic LA Shutters in Culver City, Ración's Opening Chef Departs, and More A.M. Intel

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Picnic LA, Culver City
Picnic LA, Culver City
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Picnic LA closes after eight months

Culver City’s Picnic LA is no more, as the fast casual concept couldn’t seem to hold on. The downtown Culver project from Noah Ellis, Eliot Silver, and Brad Zions is now offline, with the company’s website returning nothing but an empty grey screen.

No more bluefin tuna

As is now well-known, the world (especially the Western world) is eating bluefin tuna literally to extinction. It’s long been a delicacy, but as Michael Cimarusti of Providence and Connie & Ted’s is quick to note, the only way to save the fish is to stop eating it altogether. Cimarusti sat down with Munchies at his shop Cape Seafood & Provisions to talk all things sustainability, and what we regular folk can do to help solve the problem.

A change-up at Ración

Pasadena’ Ración is trudging forward without one of its founding members, as the LA Times reports that Teresa Montaño is moving on. Though she won’t say where she’s headed next (besides some much-needed relaxation time) Montaño is definitely interested in making a big splash elsewhere in town. Excited to see where she lands next.

Wishing a Young Gun the best

Josef Centeno showed up to Eater's Young Guns party late Monday night at The Rose in Venice in time to wish local winner — and Orsa & Winston general manager Maxfield Schnee — a hearty congratulations on his Young Guns nod. Well deserved, indeed.

Congrats @maxfieldalexander for your #eateryoungguns2016 award! ⚡️@orsaandwinston

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The Bazaar adds a new bar

The lauded Bazaar by José Andrés inside the SLS Hotel is adding to its list of concepts, with the newly debuted Bar Blanca set to become a new summer destination. The terrace setting offers a full bar for cocktails as well as shared tapas plates daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. only.

The Rose does summer totes

Given its proximity to the ocean, it should come as no surprise that The Rose is ready for summer. They’re also helping the neighborhood gear up with new totes that basically act as modern picnic baskets, complete with beach ball, sandwiches, salads, and cookies. Prices run $45 for two people to start, and up to $100 for a four-person feast.

Pico House truck hits LA today

Looking for more grain bowls? Get onboard with the new Pico House truck, which launches for service today at Stumptown Coffee in the Arts District. The truck is the work of a trio of Bestia and Blue Hill at Stone Barns vets like Philip Moses and Christopher Chi, and serves everything from meatball and short rib grain bowls to desserts from partner Gemma Matsuyama.