The return of Club Tee Gee
Things are looking up (hopefully) for Club Tee Gee in Atwater Village. The beloved dive bar, which dates to 1946, had been put up for sale months ago after longtime owner Betty Barlotta died, and just about everyone in the drinks business had come calling.
Now LA Weekly reports on a much-rumored acquisition, with the Short Stop team from Echo Park jumping in to take the reins. Apparently the sale won’t be finalized until September 1, but it’s happening. Eater previously reached out to the Short Stop owners about plans for the Club Tee Gee space once they officially take over, but so far hasn’t heard back.
Rise of the MTN
LA Times has an in-depth look at all things MTN, Travis Lett’s new Japanese-inspired izakaya on Abbot Kinney. The project took years to get up and running, but is now turning out everything from pork ramen to house-made yuzu soda.
LA’s new candy emporium
There’s a subtle new candy shop coming to the long stretch of Hyperion between Los Feliz and Silver Lake this Saturday. It’s called Zero’s Unlikely Snacks, and it’s sort of a hip, more modern version of a corner candy story. Soft opening on Saturday at 2217 Hyperion.
Not so fun fact: most importers do not ship chocolate between May-September due to high temperatures in transit. We have always planned to carry a wide variety of European and Australian candy bars and were so glad these guys made it here safely! We're hustling to have as much as possible for our soft open next Saturday. Keep an eye out for an expanded selection in the fall
Pakistani in the Valley
Roving reporter Jim Thurman touches on some great Pakistani fare out in the Valley for LA Weekly. The restaurant in question is Red Chili Halal in Northridge, and it does everything from nihari, the tender beef dish considered something of a national point of pride, and curry stews, roasted chicken, and plenty of kebabs.
Sweet Lucie’s retires
Looks like the end of the line for Mar Vista ice cream shop Sweet Lucie’s. Though there has been no official activity on the company’s social media channels, Yelp now reports the sweets stop as closed — along with tipsters who have tried to go by themselves.
More Westfield names
The Westfield Century City is growing its restaurant roster, adding a Chick-Fil-A, Biryani’s by Spice Affair, Grom, Panini Cafe, and more. The full list is still being finalized, but projects should begin coming online in the next few months.
Jimmy Buffett fans, rejoice
Valley tiki hotspot Tiki No is throwing a Jimmy Buffett-inspired party on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with barbecue cooking outside, lots of drink deals, and of course music from the man himself (though not in person).