No more El Chavo
After quite the back-and-forth run, it seems that El Chavo’s run as a bar and restaurant (at least in its current iteration) is coming to a close. The final service night for the currently running pop-up at El Chavo ends Labor Day Weekend, with a small modified menu of cocktails and grill items until then. After that, look for massive changes to that stretch, including lots of new retail.
Henry’s hits the skids in West Hollywood
Longtime concept Henry’s (formerly Hooray Henry’s) has once again decided to pivot, closing its doors as of August 7 for complete redo. Ownership says a new concept will get underway there shortly, with a strong focus on live music.
Casa del Mar’s new lead
Chef Gemma Gray is in as the new executive chef for Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica. The overseeing chef will lead menu changes at Catch, Terrazza Lounge, and on the hotel side, and comes with a strong Spanish background. Expect lots of farmers market ingredients and seasonal specialties.
Red Herring almost ready to land in Eagle Rock
Looks like a soft landing is coming for Red Herring, the long-awaited gorgeous dinner destination on Colorado Boulevard. Final touches are wrapping up, which means the restaurant should be ready to go in just about one month.
It's Middle Eastern mania
Tasting Table has the details on all the new Middle Eastern concepts still slated to make their way to Los Angeles soon, from the in-construction Kismet in Los Feliz to Ori Menasche's delayed restaurant Downtown.
Poke continues to grow in Downtown
There's even more poke coming to Downtown (still), as SpinFish heads into Little Tokyo next year. As DTLA Rising notes, it's all part of a larger construction project that will also bring even more density to the neighborhood.
Birthday time at Peninsula Beverly Hills
To royally announce their 25 years in business, Peninsula Beverly Hills is going to be dropping lots of champagne at every single afternoon tea table inside the hotel’s Living Room lounge. The free champagne runs Monday through Thursday across all tea seatings inside, and happens all month long.
The Lost Abbey's very bad day
nerds aficionados are all in a huff over a botched bottle release from Southern California's The Lost Abbey. A planned online sale crashed across several different service platforms like Eventbrite and Brown Paper Tickets, leading the brewery to refund everybody's purchases and ask folks to start from scratch. That's made just about everyone furious, and the online beer community has been more than vocal about it. Hence the below contrite email from The Lost Abbey team, explaining what went wrong as delicately as possible. Not that it's been enough to help drinkers get their hands on these limited release beers.
Due to an issue with the overselling of Duck Duck Gooze, we will be cancelling and refunding all orders from today. pic.twitter.com/QYjXdd5yXe— The Lost Abbey (@lostabbey) July 29, 2016