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West Hollywood Legend The Abbey Stars in Steamy New Reality Show

Plus Smorgasburg grows, Donut Man turns 45, and more

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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.

The Abbey hits the big time

West Hollywood gay bar icon The Abbey has officially earned its own TV show, called (naturally) What Happens at The Abbey. The E! show premiered a couple of days ago says LAist, but if you haven’t decided to watch yet you can still take a peek at the trailer below.

As you might expect with this latest reality show, the drama is high on What Happens. Longtime owner David Cooley acts a sort of Vanderpump-esque overseer of the place — which makes sense considering he originally opened The Abbey in 1991 as a coffee shop — but otherwise E! Online says the cast is the usual collection of young, beautiful types prone to drama both on and off restaurant property. No real spoilers, but apparently in the first episode Tori Spelling makes an appearance, so if you’re into the intersection of former A-list celebs, television drama, and one of West Hollywood’s highest grossing restaurant businesses, What Happens might be the perfect fit for you. A rerun of the first episode lands tonight at 10 p.m. on Bravo.

Smorgasburg expands

There’s more expansion in the works for the Smorgasburg brand, with a new offshoot happening at The Standard in Downtown. The plan is to rotate in market favorites to the hotel, starting with Vietnamese option Banh Oui. They officially launched on Monday, doing a menu that includes pork belly sliders, a fish sandwich, a burger, and more.

Win the right to roast

Want in on the ground floor of a local roastery? You could do worse than winning this auction through City Bean Roasters on Jefferson, which lets one lucky winner do a cupping and ultimately create a proprietary 25-pound batch of coffee under a proprietary label. Bidding is ongoing and ends at midnight on May 25, with proceeds going to benefit the Muonde Trust.

Gardena’s gem

There’s a beauty of a new breakfast and lunch restaurant in Gardena this week, with the quiet opening of Painter’s Tape. The strip mall spot comes from chef/owner Atsushi Takasuki, and works what looks to be a great new AM through early afternoon menu of breads, eggs, sandwiches, and more. 1725 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena, open daily from 8 a.m. to around 2:30 p.m.

Rosti "Photatoes"?! Play on words, play on dishes

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Truly progressive dining

Eagle Rock Brewery is hosting a walking food tour of their Eagle Rock hood on June 21, where for $47 guests can stumble from cheese store Milkfarm all the way to Little Beast. There will be bites and paired craft beer pours along the way, of course, making for a pretty unique outing.

Cypress gets its own

Churned Creamery has landed in Cypress, opening daily from noon to 10 p.m. at Cypress Village Plaza. The modern ice cream shop also enjoys locations everywhere from Tustin to Canoga Park, with Irvine and Temecula coming up soon.

Rosé and barbecue

The Rose cafe in Venice is hosting a backyard-style barbecue on Saturday, filled with smoked and grilled meats and some of the finest Central Coast rosé you can buy. Tickets are $75 a head, and don’t include gratuity or taxes.

45 years of doughnut bliss

Everyone loves The Donut Man. The famed Glendora stop for doughnuts has been doing their thing for nearly half a century, and recently NBC News caught up with the team to talk about their consistency, their clientele, and their plans for the future.