RIP to Cruciferous
It’s already the end of the road for Cruciferous, the months-old vegan strip mall option that popped up almost out of nowhere in Hollywood. A collaboration with Marie Chia and partner Shane (plus the man behind Doomie’s Home Cookin’), Cruciferous managed to stand out in a field of salads and grain bowls thanks to its unique takes on plant-based cuisine. And yet, the restaurant could not hold on.
In a note passed around to customers, the Cruciferous team says:
It is with a heavy heart that we have to anounce that last night was Cruciferous’ last night of service. We did not plan on ending it this way, and certainly not this soon, and we were looking forward to many, many more nights of cooking dinner for a growing crowd in our little space.
To everyone who’s already made reservations for the next few days and weeks, we cannot thank you enough for choosing to dine with us and we deeply apologize for this regretful turn of events.
As for Doomie’s and also-vegan ice cream shop Cocobella, they both remain open in the same Hollywood strip mall.
Vinovore to Silver Lake
Another new wine shop is slated for Silver Lake soon, with the opening of Vinovore next to Hot Hot Food. That makes sense considering the address at 614 N. Hoover was for a time a pop-up wine shop by co-owner Coly Den Haan before Hot Hot Food started; now the corner lot will come back to life with tastings and a focus on female wine producers, with an opening slated for July 21.
All the pig you need
The Standing Room in the South Bay is doing a new weekly all-you-can-eat pig roast starting tonight, where for just $15 folks can enjoy tacos, sliders, and other bites of straight-up pork — plus a free draft beer.
Remembering the Biltmore
Last month KCET put out a great piece on the history of Downtown’s Biltmore hotel. The Pershing Square-adjacent property once played host to the annual Oscars ceremony, and remained for many years a bastion of upscale dining in posh Downtown.
More on the former Osso
The former Osso space (and before that, One-Eyed Gypsy) in the Arts District is thriving again, with plans for a music venue from some very big names. It’s to be called The Moroccan Lounge, according to LA Weekly, who detail out some plans for the place — including a likely fall arrival.
The Irvine scene
Ever wondered what the food scene is really like down in Irvine? The folks at i8Tonite have done all the hard work in collecting a round-the-clock guide to eating and drinking, from AM bites to late night sessions in what is otherwise considered one of Southern California’s sleepiest enclaves.
Terra Cotta is here
Koreatown’s Terra Cotta couldn’t seem to find a hold with locals, ultimately shuttering back in May following just six months of service. The time off gave management the chance to retool and focus on the bar (which makes sense given the proximity to the Wiltern), and now Terra Cotta is up and alive again. The (re)opening menu is below.