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One Griffith Park Cafe Has Plans to Expand With a Real Summer Beer Garden

Plus a Downtown Mexican food shutter, and even more Trois Mec tickets become available

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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.

Well this is sorta awesome

Griffith Park just got some very good news, as TimeOut LA is reporting that the massive urban park is in line for a summer beer garden pop-up. Yep, that means you’ll soon be able to snag a seat under some leafy trees for a bite to eat and a beer with your friends — and all in the middle of one of the most beautiful places in the city.

Per the report, the Griffith Park Beer Garden is actually a revamp of the patio outside the Roosevelt Cafe, near the golf course. The plan is to do beer tasting flights and a sausage for a flat rate of $20, but there will also be live music and you’ll even be able to order off the restaurant’s regular menu as well. As TimeOut notes, the patio has been an underused part of the restaurant at the municipal golf course, so the decisive attempt to rebrand it as a beer garden can only help, especially for anyone coming off a hike, round of golf, or getting ready to enjoy a show at the nearby Greek.

Trois Mec makes it easier

Have you still not had the chance to check out Trois Mec? Maybe it’s the tough-to-get-into ticketing system keeping you at bay? Well, no more. Starting today, guests will be able to book tables a full month out (instead of the former two-week policy), which is great news for travelers and anyone who likes to book their social calendar up early.

More unicorn stuff forever

The colorful new trend of making everything ‘unicorn’ (which just means very, very colorful, really) won’t stop, and has even extended to the old school Original Farmers Market. That’s where you’ll find the below creation by Greenhouse Juice Bar, which is laced with dragonfruit, banana, coconut foam, and loads more. Limited availability (it is a unicorn after all) at their market location and extension in North Hollywood.

Common Threads hits the city

In what should be a fun night, the team behind Common Threads is taking over Downtown’s Vibiana tonight with a five-course meal done in conjunction with a number of big chef names. There’s Jonathan Waxman, Neal Fraser, and Govind Armstrong, among others, with tickets running $175 ($250 for the chef’s table) for the four-hour event. And remember, Common Threads is about giving kids the cooking skills they need to craft healthier, full lives, so you’re really doing this all for charity.

One liquor store gone, another arrives

There’s a new upscale liquor store to know about in Silver Lake, says The Eastsider. Jay’s Bar and Garage Pizza owner Jay Batten has opened Big Spirits in the home of a former corner liquor store on Sunset Boulevard, less than a mile from the shuttering Bar Keeper at Sunset Junction. Even the nearby Botanica restaurant was formerly a liquor store, proving nothing lasts forever.

Slanted Door isn’t even close

Looks like a big, empty room for Slanted Door still. The Charles Phan restaurant slated to hit Downtown’s City Market South project is still bare bones, per this latest Instagram shot below, meaning it could be a while before you get to experience one of San Francisco’s best restaurants here in LA.

The Bloc gets a fancy Starbucks

Fresh off the success of their unicorn frapp, Starbucks is looking to expand their Craft Bar concept into The Bloc in Downtown. The place opens this month, and will act as a regular ol’ Starbucks but with the addition of pourovers, small-batch beans, and nitro cold brew drinks — plus ice cream.

Tabachines moves on

Looks like a shutter for Downtown Mexican spot Tabachines, which is now being reported as closed. The restaurant landed around early summer in 2015, but couldn’t hold on in an increasingly competitive market it seems.

Check this footage out

Take a gander at this awesome old footage from Beany’s #2 in Long Beach. The 1952 video shows off the restaurant’s rotating sign and their direct-to-car service, among other cool facets of the bygone roadside restaurant era.