No more James Hotel
Looks like trouble on the Sunset Strip, as the James Hotel has unexpectedly departed from a deal to put a property at 8500 Sunset Boulevard. That’s crazy news, says Curbed LA, given just how much time and money they’d already poured into the project. What’s more, it leaves at least two big, fat restaurant question marks along that drag, reportedly weeks before they were hoping to open.
Chris Crary’s Farmspoke is now up in the air, for one. The popular Top Chef contestant had a sunny newcomer on his hands (with great views too) but that’s been put in limbo with new owners, and nobody quite sure yet what’s to come. The same is true with adjacent eatery Fi’lia by East Coast celebrity chef Michael Schwartz. So far, no word on whether or not both will end up being involved in whatever new direction the property takes.
Inside the Westfield
Want a glimpse of the Westfield Century City’s new food offerings? Toddrickallen has just that, with a photo-heavy peek at what’s to come, and what’s almost done being built — including one very popular doughnut shack.
It’s Tropics time
Looks like the Tropics team is up and running with their new juice bar. At least according to Instagram, where the whole team is out to support healthy food alternatives in traditionally underserved neighborhoods.
It’s Isaan Classic time
Looks like another newcomer to Silver Lake’s Sunset Boulevard stretch, this one called Isaan Classic. As LA Weekly shows, the place is paying tribute to classic Thai street food dishes from a strip mall between Silver Lake and Echo Park, with an opening likely in just the next few weeks.
Bryant Ng loves LA
Cassia chef/owner Bryant Ng talks about the dining scene in Los Angeles from an immigrant perspective, telling the LA Times that he loves this city for its diversity of cultures and, as a result, cuisines.
Bone broth beginnings
Lucky Rice talks to the family behind Bone Kettle in Pasadena, touching on their Indonesian past and what it’s like to run a restaurant empire (they also have Komodo restaurants across the city).
Frenchifornia in Pasadena
A new pastry and coffee option is coming to Pasadena soon, called Frenchifornia. The place hits at 247 E. Colorado Boulevard, just east of Old Town, and already carries with it a big notice of its impending arrival.