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Inside the Changing World of Young Hollywood, Nightclubs, and Social Media

Plus a wild history of local pancakes, and Ludo shows you some soup

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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.

Hollywood’s clubbiest era is gone

Remember when young television and film stars seemingly spent all of their free time in clubs around Los Angeles? There was an era, maybe from 2005 to 2010, when the Lindsay Lohans, Paris Hiltons, and Mischa Bartons of the world ruled the nightlife scene at clubs like Les Deux and Hyde, but those days are long gone now, says E! News. Except, where did they go?

So what happened to that world of celebrity excess, bouncers, and tabloid press? Instagram and Twitter have helped erode the boundaries between actors and their fans, for one. Clubs themselves have also changed, with a focus on high-dollar clients and the talent in the DJ booth. Plus, it’s Hollywood, where things tend to stay hot for a second but never last that long. Most of the famous places one might remember from 2007 are gone completely, or (as is the case with Hyde on Sunset) moved down the block and became a regular restaurant with a weekend live music streak. In this town, almost nothing lasts forever.

Temple City’s destroyed Denny’s

A fire completely engulfed Temple City’s Denny’s restaurant not long ago, though there were no reported injuries. The overnight blaze happened around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning says ABC7.

Well, this is Neat

Take a gorgeous look at Neat, the newest bar to hit Pico Boulevard in West LA. With cocktails galore and a stunning vibe, it makes for a wonderful night out says blog A Cocktail of Two Cities.

Massimo on the move

Looks like Italian chef Massimo Bottura can’t get enough of Los Angeles, as he’s still hunting down the best places to eat in this fair city. Here he is in the kitchen after a meal at Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica the other day.

Just a casual Tuesday night at Rustic when @massimobottura comes in for dinner #rckillteam

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Some troubling history

KCET takes a long look back into the past at Sambo’s Pancake House, a poorly-named chain within Southern California that has since faded into obscurity — except for one remaining location in their hometown of Santa Barbara. Head over for a really interesting read on a bygone chain that once had more than 450 locations nationwide.

Downtown’s salad days

There’s a new Sweetgreen in the mix for Downtown, says LA Downtown News. The popular DIY salad chain keeps adding local locations, so the push into fast casual-friendly Downtown makes perfect sense.

Taco time today

Today is the day for LA Taco’s annual Taco Madness food festival. This year’s Downtown party brings together some of the biggest names in the local taco scene, with free admission and lots of available eats.

For the love of Lawry’s

Thought you knew everything there was to know about Lawry’s and their famous prime rib? Think again says Discover LA, and along they come with a breakdown of 14 facts you might have missed.

A new Echo Park Combo

The Eastsider has details on a Chinese food makeover in Echo Park, with the new Combo A taking the place of Chinatown Express. It’s not really a full retool as the restaurant is still run by the same family, but the hip new vibes and updated menu reflect a new push for younger clientele.

Potato and leeks by Ludo

Chef Ludo Lefebvre took some kitchen tips to Food & Wine, showing off his version of a potato and leek soup for the rainy weekend ahead. But really, it’s all about that gorgeous kitchen.