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Aburiya Raku Launches Lunch, Doma Kitchen Moves Again, and More A.M. Intel

Plus Union donates to relief efforts in Italy, Kali expands hours, and more

Aburiya Raku, West Hollywood
Aburiya Raku, West Hollywood
Wonho Frank Lee

Doma Kitchen relocates

Looks like another move for Doma Kitchen, the South Bay Eastern European favorite that relocated last year from Redondo Beach to Manhattan Beach. Now they’re moving even further up the coast, with plans to drop into the Marina Marketplace in Marina del Rey sometime in October or so. The last day of service for the Manhattan Beach location is September 11.

Union donates to Italy

In a rather classy move, Union in Pasadena will be donating half the money from every plate of Bucatini all Amatriciana they sell through September 11 to Global Giving’s Italy Earthquake Relief Fund. The dish is not only native to the region affected, but should make for a tasty way to help support those in need, by dining right in your own backyard.

Kali does Sundays

Beginning September 11, Kali on Melrose will open for dinner on Sunday night. Up until now the popular spot has been doing weekday lunch and dinner, with a Saturday dinner-only option, but soon you’ll be able to enjoy the food at the burgeoning star seven days a week.

Botanica is down to the studs

Though it won't arrive until sometime in 2017, you can take an early peek inside what's to become Botanica in Silver Lake now. It's mostly a construction zone at the moment, but eventually the place could become one of the neighborhood's best new restaurants.

Future home of @botanicafood ✨⚒✨

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TAPS Fish House & Brewery turns 17

Brea’s TAPS Fish House & Brewery is turning 17 years young, which is incredible for the award-winning brewery and restaurant. To celebrate they’re doing some one-off parties and stuff all month long, but will also have a burger deal where, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday this month, you can get a burger for just $1.99 as long as you purchase a drink. That’s an OC lunch worth the drive.

Guest chefs land at Plan Check

There’s a slew of big names coming to Plan Check in the next few months, starting with Michelin-starred Chris Anderson who currently runs the kitchen at SOPA in Palm Springs. He previously spent time at Alinea, Moto, and others, but will be jumping on for a $60 dinner to run September 6 and 7. Future chefs include Jamie DeRosa from Miami, Jason Dady from San Antonio, and Tory Miller, a James Beard winner from Wisconsin.

Lots of love for Pico House

The LA Times talks up Pico House, the cheekily-named new food truck from five up-and-coming chef friends (who also happen to live together). The mobile rig, which launched back in July, includes folks with backgrounds at places like Bestia and Blue Hill at Stone Barns — not bad.

Aburiya Raku launches lunch

Looks like a new option for lunch in West Hollywood, as Prime Pizza co-founder (and big Raku fan) Noah Galuten says that the izakaya Aburiya Raku is launching lunch as of today. Check out the goods.

Their new lunch launches tomorrow, and this bento box is pretty damn great.

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