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The Trois Mec Team Begins to Embrace a New Business Model

Trois Familia in Silver Lake
Wonho Frank Lee

The expanding universe of the Trois team

It’s a good time to be one of the Trois guys: Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo, and Ludo Lefebvre. The group continues to fire on all cylinders with their finer dining tasting menu Trois Mec, as well as the good-as-always Petit Trois next door. They’re even pushing further along with the second outlet of the latter up in the Valley, with heavy construction still underway.

But what’s most interesting about the trio is their ability to extend their name beyond just themselves. Jon and Vinny are backers of chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson’s new Kismet restaurant in Los Feliz, and the place is already getting tons of buzz. Meanwhile Trois Familia in nearby Silver Lake is starting to run an ongoing dinnertime residency series to further help folks get their footing locally, starting with former Charleston, South Carolina chef Dano Heinze of McCrady’s. He’ll be doing a $38 three-course prix fixe menu Thursday through Saturday nights for the next few months, and you can use Resy to get your tickets now.

In all, the Trois Familia dinner pop-up move is a smart way for the Trois team to activate an otherwise dormant space, and should continue the group’s plans to embolden talented folks to make their own way in the Los Angeles dining scene — with a little background help from them, of course.

A not-so-brief Apple Pan history

On the anniversary of the Apple Pan’s 70th year, the LA Times takes a comprehensive look at the Westside burger legend. With quotes, photos, and lots of stories from the past, you may not find a more thorough look at this LA stalwart anywhere online.

Oh no, Cheesecake Factory

Apparently the Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena just can’t catch a break. Days after someone threw an improvised explosive inside the restaurant a car crash left a vehicle partially in the dining room, reports ABC7, though no one was hurt.

The rise of the flour tortilla

Sonoratown in Downtown gets some more love, this time from Munchies. The publication praises the small taqueria while extolling the virtues of flour tortillas, wherever they may be found.

From beignets to poke

One former fad gets replaced with another, more recent fad in Beverly Hills, as the defunct Beverly Hills Beignet is turning into a poke shop. Toddrickallen has details on the raw fish spot, and what to expect.

An update on Tintorera

Mexico City chef Maycoll Calderon sits down with a writer in Mexico City — at his restaurant Huset, of course — to discuss his upcoming plans for Tintorera in Silver Lake. The modern Mexican seafood restaurant offers big promise for the former Cowboys & Turbans space, as Calderon discusses with LA Weekly.

A Jessica Koslow burger party

Sqirl’s Jessica Koslow is hanging out with the NoMad Truck folks today in front of her upcoming Westside restaurant at 2231 S. Barrington. From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. you’ll be able to get her new collaboration burger as well as a handful of truck favorites, and Koslow herself might be around signing cookbooks to boot.

LA’s Trip Testers take New Orleans

The Travel Channel has a new show out called Trip Testers, and it features a few faces familiar to the food writing world in Los Angeles: Jeff Miller (who runs Thrillist in Los Angeles) and travel writer Jason Kessler. You can catch the full episode tonight, but here’s a sneak peek from the pair’s travels in New Orleans.

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