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Cassia Takes Away Incredible Lunch-Only Burger, and More A.M. News

JNJ Burger Shack is back and LeAnn Rimes hits Encino's hottest restaurant

Cassia, Santa Monica
Cassia, Santa Monica
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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.

Cassia stops doing lunch

Uh oh. Looks like Cassia in Santa Monica has decided to stop doing lunch, per an email sent around from the restaurant. Citing a number of different factors, including their "building not being fully occupied," the popular dinner spot has decided to cease daytime service as of August 26. That means no more of chef Bryant Ng's insanely delicious burgers from the old Spice Table days — unless they decide to add it to the dinner menu sometime down the line.

JNJ's Burger Shack is back

Good news for West Adams folks still recovering from the loss of Jay Nelson Jr., the longtime owner of JNJ's Burger Shack: the restaurant has reopened. Reports started to flow in yesterday that Nelson's wife Karen is now manning the entire operation, and if you stop by over the next few days there should be plenty of locals coming out to offer their condolences still.

LeAnn Rimes loves Scratch Bar

Looks like Encino's own Scratch Bar has a big new fan in singer LeAnn Rimes. The star tweeted out to her 607,000 followers about her fantastic meal there for her birthday recently.

Momed Atwater turns two

Colorful hideaway Momed in Atwater has quietly turned two years old, and to celebrate the company is throwing a party this coming Sunday, August 28. The evening affair runs 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will feature a band, drink specials, and complimentary small bites, with some proceeds from the evening going to local elementary schools.

Beverly Hills's new wine bar situation

The LA Times takes a peek at Vinoteca, the upcoming wine bar and all-day cafe space inside the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. Reps say the place is still mostly coming together (importing furniture from Europe, etc.) so expect a full landing come September 26, when fried pizza dough and wine will reign.

Get yourself a job

Want to work in the industry? Just about every restaurant in the city sure could use you right now. As proof of the abundance of available positions, check out this constantly updating job board happening at the stellar Japanese Knife Imports in Beverly Hills. Then go out and get to work.

Allagash x Boneyard Bistro

The Valley’s best barbecue and beer spot is teaming up with Allagash for a night of drinking and dining on August 31. Boneyard Bistro and the East Coast brewery will be collaborating under chef Aaron Robins’ tutelage on a multi-course meal that runs $60 a head for food plus $15 more for beer pairings, including a variety of rare bottles from the brewery.

Truxton’s expands to Torrance

Big news for Westchester’s own Truxton’s American Bistro, which just underwent an overhaul after 10 years in the game. They’ve got a full-on cocktail thing happening now, plus chef Greg Schroeppel (Spago, Nighthawk) is on board doing a whole new menu with options like an al pastor sandwich and grilled chicken Sriracha bowl. Better still, Truxton’s has expanded beyond their Westchester and Santa Monica locations into a building at 24530 Torrance Avenue, where a third iteration will land later this year.

It’s $2 coffee time at The Pie Hole Hollywood

The Pie Hole’s newest location in Hollywood has been up and running for a solid month by now, and to keep the foot traffic flowing the place is doing $2 cups of coffee weekdays from now until September 2. The deal actually applies to all coffee drinks (drip, espresso, cold brew, you name it) and runs in the mornings only from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., but that’s certainly good news for early risers on that side of town.