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Apparently Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Were Invented By a Janitor in Rancho Cucamonga

Plus The Bruery sells to an investment firm, and Indian street food on the Westside

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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 Hot Cheetos story

Hot Cheetos are among the most popular after-school snacks for kids in all of America, even if they occasionally lead to ER visits. The Frito-Lay spinoff of the popular regular Cheetos wasn’t been around forever, though; it was thought up by a janitor in Rancho Cucamonga.

The Daily Bulletin has the full story on Richard Montañez, the man credited with creating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. A first-generation Mexican-American and high school dropout, Montañez turned to a job as a janitor for Frito-Lay because of the promise of steady work. After a late night run to a local elote man, Montañez had the epiphany to spice up the Cheetos brand, and was ultimately able to take his idea to the top. Today, he’s a North American sales and marketing director, and kids still can’t get enough Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Bombay Frankie time

Frankies are a Mumbai street food staple, but not altogether common in the States. That’s about to change for one lowly Chevron gas station at Santa Monica and the 405, Food GPS tells Eater, because a new tenant called Bombay Frankie is heading in soon to cook.

Baldoria has a ball

To celebrate their first anniversary, Baldoria in Little Tokyo is doing a full run of awesome deals starting May 28. From $1 pizzas to aperitivo nights to a pizza party raffle, it’s all happening.

Retro LA

LA Mag has compiled a fun list of places to check out if you’re really into the throwback lifestyle. From Mel’s Drive-In on down, it’s a cool look at what this young-ish city still has to offer by way of history.

A North Hollywood gem

LA Weekly manages to make it out to North Hollywood for a look at Twin Castle, an out-of-the-way fast food stop that apparently makes one of the county’s best teriyaki burgers.

Miro’s big day

Miro in Downtown is also turning one, and is partying in their underground whiskey lair with steak and whiskey pairings, drink deals, and more. On June 1, they’ll actually be doing an open party with live music, passed apps, and more.

The Bruery buys in

Looks like changes could be coming to The Bruery, one of Orange County’s most celebrated craft beer breweries. The company announced just days ago that they have partnered with Castanea, an investment group from the East Coast, and now fans are worried about what could become of the brand.