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Top Chef Alum Amar Santana Delivers a New Food Hall to South Coast Plaza

Plus Twohey’s is here, as is Highland Park’s Lodge Room

Amar Santana
Amar Santana
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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.

Food hall madness

Orange County already has a wealth of food hall options to choose from, but none with the proper backing of a well-trained former Top Chef contestant. That’s about to change thanks to Amar Santana, the face behind Vaca in Santa Ana as well as Broadway.

Santana will return to the South Coast Plaza after years away, having previously been the executive chef at the restaurant inside Bloomingdales, says OC Register. His new space will be a recommissioning of the former Z’Tejas space, with contractors opening up the area to add room for multiple stalls, a bar, and big, communal seating. Expect something late 2018.

The Lodge Room cometh

Looks like Highland Park’s newest late night venue The Lodge Room is alive and well. LA Weekly caught the first shows at the second-story music venue, though the dinner side (called Checker Hall) isn’t slated to arrive for another couple of weeks.

Supa Coffee confirmed

Looks like Pico-Robertson AM option Supa Coffee is up and running, doing some soft opening hours over the past few weeks as Eric Tjahyadi and crew work out the kinks on the hip space.

That Eataly wait time

Eataly has drawn massive crowds since first arriving at the Westfield Century City more than a week ago. The lines have been so long, in fact, the company has started to measure approximate wait times on a pepper heat scale, says LA Mag. The “hot hot hot” level? That means a two hour wait.

DACA help

There’s a new event series called Dinners for DACA happening around Los Angeles, including tonight at Button Mash in Echo Park. The idea is that folks will meet up to share a meal while also discussing the finer points of DACA legislation, pushing out news on social media, and starting up letter-writing and calling campaigns. Tonight’s dinner will, of course, include some Button Mash menu favorites and a few tokens for game play as well.

Twohey’s is here

The official opening of Twohey’s Tavern is tonight in Pasadena. The longstanding diner outlet recently pushed to bring a more modern dinner destination to life, and with chef Travis Limoge at the helm things are looking promising.

Dinner in Venice

There’s a new dinner menu up and running at The Anchor in Venice. Chef Josh Gil is onboard with a full overhaul for the new season, while maintaining the seafood focus of the place. The menu is below.