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Hamburger Hamlet Founder and Kate Mantilini Owner Marilyn Lewis Has Died

Plus the Museum of Ice Cream adds hours, and a Sichuan party in Silver Lake

Marilyn Lewis
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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.

Goodbye to Marilyn Lewis

Marilyn Lewis, a co-founder of famed burger restaurant Hamburger Hamlet, has died. Lewis was a fashion icon, early debutante, and operator of some of the most well-known restaurants in Los Angeles, including the famed Hamburger Hamlet, which she opened with her husband Harry in 1950.

Lewis was also an integral part of the famed Kate Mantilini restaurant, which she operated in both Beverly Hills and Woodland Hills with her husband and sons until 2014. She also owned and operated ‘80s dining star Hamlet Gardens, and is generally considered to have been ahead of the curve on many of Los Angeles’ now-iconic trends, from burgers on down. She will be missed.

More Museum of Ice Cream

The Museum of Ice Cream pop-up in the Arts District is continuing on for another month, with tickets going on sale again this Friday. The Downtown Instagram party has been a serious hit thus far, so it’s no surprise they’re looking to keep going just a touch longer.

ETA’s drinks schedule

Drinks and first date shenanigans come to collide at ETA in Highland Park, with cocktail friends Nathan Hazard (The Coconut Club) and Malina Bickford (Cliff’s Edge) teaming up for a new kind of party on Thursday, May 11. Dubbed Drink Special, the idea is that rotating one-off nights will become “multi-sensory pleasure experiences” that involve cocktails, food, music, and more. The first themed event, Date Night, kicks off at 8 p.m. at ETA.

Sichuan party time

Daw Yee in Silver Lake is inviting the folks from Szechuan Impression and Hip Hot Restaurants to cook in their kitchen for one evening. The May 23 party is part of the monthlong LA Food Bowl put on by the LA Times, and costs $50.

Baja hits LA

There’s a cool new one-day pop-up happening at The Wheel House on the Westside, as Joshua Gil and Maxwell Leer host a dinner with Noel Tellez of the Valle de Guadalupe’s Bichi Wine. The Monday, May 15 event costs $90 and will include three courses plus snacks and wine pairings.

Ohana poke lands another

There’s another new location of poke favorite Ohana today, landing inside the cavernous FIGat7th. The open-air mall makes for some pretty visible digs, meaning Ohana should stay busy with the office lunch crowds.

Sharky’s comes to swim

Looks like Sharky’s is expanding again, this time to Marina del Rey. The new Westside location officially opened yesterday at 4371 Glencoe Ave., and will keep hours Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. with an extension to 10 p.m. on weekends.

Seriously prime eats

In the mood for some seriously decadent eating? Consider this May 11 meal at Alexander’s Steakhouse, which combos Bulgarian caviar with high-end cuts of beef for a $300 meal, but it doesn’t include a possible wine pairing setup for $95 more. Check out the menu below.