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Formosa Cafe’s New Owners Seek Help In Securing $150,000 Preservation Grant

Plus new coffee in Koreatown, and sushi in Los Feliz

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Formosa Cafe
Formosa Cafe
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Formosa preservation tactics

LA’s shuttered Formosa Cafe is still hoping for a second chance, thanks to the influential 1933 Group. The bar team is known for bringing big places back to their former glory, but this time they’re asking for a bit of help by way of a preservation grant in the amount of $150,000. As Curbed notes, the grant is doled out in part based on the number of votes for a particular project online, so anyone with an interest in seeing one of Los Angeles’s legacy restaurants come back to life can help the cause right this way.

Brewery in the Valley

New brewery 14 Cannons is hosting an opening party on October 7. The Westlake Village option will be doing $5 beer pours and live music basically all day long, with barbecue on site as well.

Koreatown newness

A new coffee spot has popped up in Koreatown, called Sharp Specialty Coffee. The 6th Street shop is keeping daily hours from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., with espresso drinks, teas, and more.


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The Ragtop word

Snacky Tunes has a new podcast out this week, and they’re talking to Fernando Carillo of Ragtop Fern’s BBQ. The underground smoked meat artist discusses his personal passions in the barbecue realm, his hopes for the future, and whether he prefers brisket or ribs.

Sandwiches for all

Playa del Rey’s aptly-named Del Rey Deli gets some love from LA Weekly, who laud the place for being perhaps the best sandwich shop on the entire Westside. Big words, to be sure, but the Weekly contends that the place more than backs up the claim.

Wednesday jazz nights

There’s a fun jazz night happening tonight at Whisper Restaurant and Lounge at the Grove. The idea is that the restaurant and bar will pair an old Hollywood film with some live accompaniment, including tonight’s screening of Rebel Without a Cause.

More Sushi Ai

Long Beach’s Sushi Ai is expanding into Los Feliz, putting up some bright new signage right along Hillhurst. The former En Sushi space is being remodeled currently, but has plans to reemerge soon under a new name, and with sake, beer, and wine to boot.