The return of Bar 107
LA Downtown News says that Bar 107, the shuttered Downtown dive bar that didn't go away quietly, could be back up and running soon. According to some city filings, the idea is that 107 co-owner Brian Traynam will reopen the popular spot on the unused floors above his restaurant The Escondite, tackling some 4,000 square feet of space — with room for a tiki bar on the roof.
Pomona’s brewery explosion
There’s another new brewery out in Pomona these days, following in the footsteps of the awesome Homage Brewing. It’s called Old Stump Brewing, and while Food GPS found the quality a bit lacking, it’s still good to see the rise of craft beer out that way.
Cookbook comes to Highland Park
Echo Park marketplace Cookbook is expanding on the eve if their six year anniversary, announcing plans to drop a second location into Highland Park by mid-next year. The address is significant, too: 5611 N. Figueroa, right in the same rehabbed building that will also eventually hold a second outlet of breakfast taco mainstay HomeState.
Baroo is closed again
Looks like some more downtime for Bon Appetit favorite Baroo, as the two-man team announced plans late Friday night to close for the next few weeks. Maybe it's the popularity effect, but Kwang Uh has also been busy with other events like an upcoming Wildair dinner in New York City. And with only two people running the show, that makes keeping the restaurant open very, very hard.
Shining a light on Simbal
LA Downtowner goes in hard on Simbal, the amazing Little Tokyo modern Vietnamese option run by chef Shawn Pham. The piece tracks Pham from his time at some of the biggest kitchens in town to his years spent in Vietnam proper. Now he’s doing some of the most inventive fare in all of Downtown.
There’s no stopping the Choriman
Humberto Raygoza is everywhere these days, popping up with a taco operation himself at the Port in San Pedro on weekends, or having his housemade chorizos on menus at places like Sonoratown. Vice Munchies dives in to talk to the fourth-generation chorizo master about what it’s like to take recipes from his past and keep them relevant for a changing Los Angeles landscape.
The night of 100 dinner parties
Want to eat great food for an even greater cause? Make your plans for October 22 now then, as that’s when the Shared Plates event hits Los Angeles in a big way. The idea is that everyone, from celebrity chefs to home cooks, sign up to donate 100% of their dinner proceeds to LA Kitchen. So far, Nancy Silverton, Adam Perry Lang, Kris Morningstar, Ludo Lefebvre, and more are taking part. More details as this one gets closer.
Glendale's new coffee stop
Looks like another place for coffee and pastries is upon us, with the surprise arrival today of Little Ground Cafe in Glendale. Located at 1450 Flower Street on the site of the iconic old Jimmy's Super Lunch, the grab and go spot has been completely redesigned. Expect weekday hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.