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Koreatown’s Newest Weekend Spot Is a Dark Ode to a World of Decay

Plus Kato’s coming out party, a new kind of chicken for Glendale, and more

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Paper Tiger Bar, Koreatown
Jessi Jordan
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.

A new name emerges

It looks like new life at the old Bobby London space in Koreatown, as the long-rumored Paper Tiger Bar has officially revealed itself. The moody concept has flown very under the radar so far, but indeed Paper Tiger is now serving drinks and offering nightlife on weekends. So far that means Friday and Saturday only from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., but there are plans to jump into more hours soon.

As Happening in DTLA notes, the dim, dark space is currently working on expanding their food lineup as well thanks to a fully-built kitchen in the back. There’s a full bar up front too, plus a DJ somewhere within the dark warrens of the space to keep things lively. Owner Mark Debuck calls Paper Tiger Bar a reimagining of an “abandoned Victorian Manor,” meaning you should expect a bit of oddity and well-worn patina along with your drinks and bites. Add in the arrival of places like The Venue and Mama Lion, and suddenly Koreatown is getting busy on weekends.

Filipino Fridays

Though their Chinatown space is still under construction, the Unit 120 people are hard at work doing Filipino street food Fridays at Far East Plaza. They’ll be teaming up with Lasa and others for ticketed events that bring out the flavors of the Philippines in one raucous good time.

Yardbird for Glendale

A new take on poultry is coming to Glendale soon, with the imminent opening of The Yardbird. Not to be confused with Honeybird in La Cañada, this upcoming arrival focuses on grilled Cornish hens, and lands soon at 1147 E. Colorado Street.

The Yardbird, Glendale

Kato’s place

West LA tasting menu hit Kato gets even more national love thanks to Food & Wine. Chef Jon Yao is already a GQ best new restaurant and has been running a sold-out Cannibal pop-up for more than a week, so it’s good to see some bigger attention continue to be drawn to the young chef.

Bourbon Steak knows how to party

There’s a Modern Times Brewery party happening at Bourbon Steak in Glendale all month long, with the California craft beer favorite partnering with the Americana at Brand property for a $20 beer-and-a-burger deal. The pairings include a Little Tokyo burger with charred scallions, furikake, and Velveeta cheese partnered with a Hoppy Citra IPA, and much more.

The Gables grows

There’s a new all-day eatery in line for Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica soon, and it’s called The Gables. Toddrickallen points to some paper up on an old space, but otherwise folks are being pretty tight-lipped about the future of the property, except to say it should come by the fall.

A Mexiterranean party

Downtown’s Spread Mediterranean Kitchen is getting in on the Cinco de Mayo fun with their own fun and flavorful take. Expect $6 snacks like crispy lamb nachos and roasted sweet potato tacos, plus drink deals and more on Friday.