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Police Chase Robbery Suspect to the Rooftop of Harold & Belle’s, Plus More

Plus a new tenant for Maré Melrose, and a Hollywood doughnut update

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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.

A serious chase

According to NBCLA, a trio of robbers has allegedly been busting into Bevmos around greater Los Angeles lately, snatching up whatever they can on the quick before taking off. Their latest heist involved a location in Culver City, at which point the police gave chase (while the suspects reportedly dumped bottles out the window). Ultimately the three bailed on foot near an apartment complex, with one ending up on the roof of iconic South LA restaurant Harold & Belle’s.

Owner Ryan Legaux was actually in his upstairs office at the time, and says he heard it all through the ceiling as the suspect tried to hide behind an air conditioning unit. He was quickly apprehended, and it was back to business as usual at Harold & Belle’s.

Market City Caffe hits a milestone

It’s now been 25 years since the opening of Market City Caffe in Burbank, and the local hit shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, they’re throwing a big party on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. to welcome in the next quarter-century, complete with a re-christening of their cow mascot, apparently.

Barbara Jean returns

Look who took over the former Maré space on Melrose, at least for the time being? It’s traveling brunch circus Barbara Jean, led by chef Jason Fullilove. Formerly down the street at the Smoke.Oil.Salt. space, their new pop-up location starts serving this weekend.

Hollywood gets more doughnuts

The aptly-named Hollywood Doughnuts is getting close to life, some two years after first being announced as a project. Located in the somewhat cursed Cahuenga Corridor, this new sweets shop lands basically across the street from Birch. Construction is still underway now, but the activity inside is a good sign.

Botanica’s beauty

Coffee industry mag Sprudge took a look at Botanica in Silver Lake, and came away mighty impressed with the design of the sunny new space. Of course there’s a lot of love for the food and drink as well, particularly the restaurant’s surprisingly wide array of teas.

Cape Seafood’s new expansion

Chef Michael Cimarusti is expanding his Cape Seafood concept ever-so-slightly, opening up stalls at the Santa Monica Saturday Farmers Market, as well as the Sunday Hollywood Farmers Market. Both are being done in conjunction with the sustainable seafood Dock to Dish program, which means passersby will be able to get fish by the pound and, at least at the Hollywood outlet, other snacky stuff from the Cape Seafood case.

Lovely Simone

Check out that lighting at Simone, Jessica Largey’s upcoming Arts District project. Though there’s still a long way to go to with construction, Largey the sun streaming into the soon-to-be private dining room has to feel like a good sign.

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