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2017 Could Be the Year That Frogtown Gets Overrun With Restaurants

Plus another NoMad burger collaboration, POT in Koreatown reduces hours, and more

At the elysian space in Frogtown
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.

More drinking for Frogtown

There’s even more drinking coming to Frogtown, as it seems the long-running elysian pop-up/brunch/event space there has worked their full liquor license into a spiffy new bar. The concept space has been previously known primarily as a destination for weddings and pop-up dinners from other chefs, but now owner David Thorne says elysian will be focusing more on expanding his own hours to do dinners, serve drinks, and more.

The expansion of what elysian is doing bodes well for Frogtown as a whole. The neighborhood has long been in the lens of keen-eyed developers and restaurant types, but so far has managed to fly under the radar with actual openings, outside of Wax Paper and Salazar, really. La Colombe is coming in a big way this year though, there’s the new-ish Frogtown Brewery, and now a full bar and dinner spot right by the river. Things are certainly changing for Frogtown this year.

POT turns to two nights a week

Have you noticed the slower hours at POT in Koreatown? Apparently the hot pot specialist inside the Line Hotel is down to just two nights a week inside their dining room, though they continue to serve a truncated version of their menu in the lobby. If you want your fill of Roy Choi’s signature hotel restaurant (outside of the all-day Commissary upstairs) you’ll have to get there Friday or Saturday night only.

More poke for Silver Lake

The short-lived Nana’s Eatery on Hyperion never could quite catch on, owing in part to its dark facade and tinted windows, so you could never tell if the place was open. That’s all changed now with the bright new arrival of poke to the address, with a new operating name of Kope Poke. Expect a DIY menu of raw fish, rice, and a variety of sauces.

Hawthorne’s first craft beer brewery is almost ready

LA Times catches up with the team from Los Angeles Ale Works to find out the status of their burgeoning craft beer brewery in Hawthorne. The team on site is almost done with finishing touches and early brews, and should be ready to pour by January.

A coffee and wine party

Vintage Enoteca in Hollywood is throwing a coffee-meets-wine party, with a dual tasting event running Friday and Saturday, January 13-14. The evening event starts at 5 p.m. both nights, and lets drinkers try a few food dishes that have been made using coffee, alongside some paired wines. Cost is $40 a head for three plates and three half-pours of wine.

A new partner at Maple Block

Looks like a changing of the guard at Maple Block Meat Co., as chef/pitmaster Adam Steffens (The Arthur J) steps in to take over for Adam Cole. Not much to report on the brisket and ribs front in terms of changes, but expect Steffens to start putting his mark on the place soon.

Another NoMad burger collab

The NoMad truck team is back with their rotating burger collaboration, this time with Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market fame. The party kicked off yesterday, with the truck running a fried chicken and pork toro BLT. Proceeds benefit Arts in the Armed Forces.