Dunkin Donuts to Pasadena
East Coast chain Dunkin Donuts has finally made it to the greater San Gabriel Valley, as they announced plans yesterday to open a Pasadena outlet on August 22. The space at 275 S. Lake Ave. is nearly ready for the party, which will include a ribbon-cutting as well as a check for $20,000 to the LA Regional Food Bank.
This new San Gabriel Valley outlet does come with one interesting quirk: The corporation will be dropping the Donuts part of the Dunkin Donuts name when the signage goes up. It’s a brand plan the company has been considering for some time, given their expanded menu and the fact that their doughnuts no longer have those little dunking handles on them anyway. Still, this will be a new look for the 67-year-old company.
Takeover at The Edmon
New chef Trever LaPresle is now on-site at The Edmon, the upscale newcomer to Melrose Avenue. La Presle comes from an NYC background (Daniel, Del Posto) but most recently was working with Mexican luxury hotel brand Groupo Habita.
Bill Simmons x Cassell’s
Sports writer/Ringer founder Bill Simmons took longtime friend and eater House from DC to experience the vaunted patty melt from Cassell’s in Koreatown. The pair (along with David Chang) have discussed the thing at length on the new Ringer-backed podcast House of Carbs — and Chang even said he thinks its one of the best dishes on the planet.
Tea at the Four Seasons
The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills has unveiled a new luxury tea service. Available from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the hotel now offers two options: a signature experience ($49 per person), or a luxury one ($69) that comes with potato blinis with Petrossian caviar and more.
The return of Holy Grounds
Looks like the comeback story of Holy Grounds in El Sereno is almost complete. The shop suffered major damage from a car crash late last year, but now The Eastsider is saying a return at the end of the month is more than likely.
Whiskey and smokes
Seven Grand is putting on a perfect double-pairing tonight, as the Downtown whiskey bar will do flights of the stuff to go along with Garo Cigars. Tickets are $30 for the tasting, and it also includes one complimentary old fashioned.
Nyesha Arrington talks creativity
Chef Nyesha Arrington put together a mini-documentary with Tastemade, showcasing her creativity, her plans for the future, and her skateboarding skills. Enjoy.