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Some LA Malls Are Reinventing the Restaurant Scene, While Others Struggle

Plus Wes Avila drinks wine, and Jean-Georges switches things up

A view out from the Westside Pavilion
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.

What’s to come at Westside

Despite the proliferation of great dining at some of the city’s most prominent malls, it seems that all is still not well in the general retail sector. Enter this story from Curbed LA regarding the possible future sale of the Westside Pavilion, once a bastion of shopping, movie-watching, and dining west of Century City. Now it could be going away forever.

While a deal to actually purchase the property has not been made public, ownership has already said the days could be numbered for the building, which houses the popular Westside Tavern. Rather than investing money tearing off the frontage for a more open-air look, the plan might be to toss the whole thing into the scrap heap and make the area a mixed-use development.

Guerrilla and wine

Wes Avila will be partying with the Silverlake Wine team tonight to celebrate the launch of the Guerrilla Tacos cookbook. Avila himself will be around signing copies, and flights of wine will be available for $15. And yes, there will also be tacos.

Fried chicken weekends

The buzzy new Barbara Jean on Melrose is expanding their weekend offerings with a full slate of Sunday fried chicken. Chef Jason Fullilove and co. are doing a $25-a-head family-style party that runs 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., every Sunday night.

Santa Monica’s Sausage Fest

Fig in Santa Monica is hosting a so-called Sausage Fest on November 12. The Sunday event will bring in names like Joel Miller and Yousef Ghalaini of Fig to cook brats and hot dogs alongside beers from Verdugo West, Boomtown, Strand, and more. Tickets are $50 a head.

Jean-Georges for brunch, or lunch

Feeling flashy? Consider a brunch soon at Jean-Georges inside the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills. The iconic French chef’s team is kicking the weekend meal off this Saturday, and is also dishing out a new quick-service lunch that promises to get eaters in and out in under an hour. That daytime menu is below.