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Melrose Steak Frites Restaurant Asks Customers to Buy Them a Liquor License

Plus tragedy in Boyle Heights, and beer in Burbank

L’Assiette steak frites
Steak Frites from L’Assiette
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.

Cocktails for purchase

Longtime local steak frites restaurant L’Assiette is looking to the future, and they’re asking current customers to help get them there. According to a new GoFundMe page, the family-owned eatery is trying to put together $125,000 to “serve you better,” as the headline reads. It adds:

Your donation will go directly to help L'Assiette acquire a Full Liquor License and making the appropriate modifications to serve cocktails, allowing us to remain open later and better serve Los Angeles's late bar scene.

Normally a liquor license would be purchased behind the scenes by a restaurant, with the hopes of recouping the cost of the license with increased alcohol sales. In the case of L’Assiette though, they’re keen to ask customers for the cash, instead offering running discounts (say 30% off the bar drink tab) in exchange for a donation up front. So far the 12-day-old campaign has raised $235.

Taco stand nightmare

An 11-year-old girl was killed over the weekend in Boyle Heights, when a Mustang crashed into a line of cars next to the taco stand she was at on Marietta Street. Two other women were injured in the 7 p.m. Friday night incident, says LA Times, and police say speed was a factor.

First man Standing

Former Belcampo butcher Jered Standing has officially opened the doors to his new Melrose meat shop, called appropriately enough Standing’s Butchery. Hours are below, and the first slew of customers (including names like Nicole Rucker) have already been through.

Thanksgiving feasting

Culver City hit The Cannibal is doing an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving feast for anyone who doesn’t feel like cooking. The party costs $49 a head and runs from noon to 6 p.m. (with a two-hour time limit per table) on Thanksgiving proper. There will be turkey as well as brisket, and drinks for sale.

North Bay fire giveback

The Bazaar is hosting a Chefsgiving special this week to help bring some much-needed money back to those wineries and restaurant affected by the Northern California wildfires. Starting today and running through November 19, all proceeds from sales of California wines at The Bazaar will be donated to a pair of helpful charities.

Lincoln Beer is here

Lincoln Beer Company has been quietly brewing up in Burbank for a little while now, but last weekend marked the first official day of drinking at the company’s new taproom at 3083 N. Lima Street. Expect an official opening party on Friday and Saturday night.

Lincoln Beer Company
Lincoln Beer Company’s taproom
Lincoln Beer Company