Eataly is in process
The long-awaited Los Angeles location of Eataly is getting close. The Italian-focused market and multi-restaurant concept should be ready to land at the revamped Westfield Century City by the end of this year, and to get that process underway they’re starting to staff up.
First things first, a facilities manager to oversee the entire sprawling property. As the Craigslist ad for the job shows, qualified applicants will know as much about parmesan cheese as they do air ducts and refrigeration. Among the perks: discounted gym memberships, a 401K, and daily family meal.
Melisse keeps the people happy
This week vaunted fine dining restaurant Melisse celebrates 18 years of success. To give back to those who have dined there for so long (or anyone who has never had the opportunity), the Santa Monica restaurant is doing a four-course $99 special set menu filled with options for truffle risotto and American wagyu beef. Offer runs now to Saturday, August 12.
NoMad x Republique
Chef Walter Manzke is the latest to collaborate with the NoMad Truck on a monthly burger. His take launches August 3 in front of Republique on La Brea, and comes topped with fried chicken, avocado, tomato, and little gems with green goddess dressing. Proceeds go to the Stu and the Kids charity.
Old pizza returns
LA Weekly dug deep into some pizza mythology to uncover the truth about Regular Jons, a once-popular spot that faded away years ago. Now it’s back as Regular Guy’s Pizza (same recipes, run by a former employee), and is available for delivery only through options like Postmates and DoorDash.
Weird Wave politics
The issues surrounding Weird Wave Coffee continue to make headlines, as protestors still jam the sidewalk in front of the Boyle Heights coffee shop over fears of a changing neighborhood. Now local councilman Jose Huizar has jumped into the fray, decrying the acts of violence that shattered glass and frightened owners in the past weeks.
Pez Cantina tequila time
Downtown’s Pez Cantina is doing a dinner and tequila tasting with Clase Azul on August 3. Chef Bret Thompson is working a menu of mostly Mexican seafood favorites like lobster and octopus, with tickets available direct from the restaurant for $65 a head.
Rossoblu gets even more charming
The long, sprawling piazza in front of Downtown’s Rossoblu is finally coming into its own. There are more olive trees now, and as of today the restaurant is opening an hour earlier for guests to enjoy cheap bites and spritzes under the slipping sun. The full new piazza menu is below.