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The Windmill Atop Arcadia’s Famous Googie-Style Denny’s Is in Trouble Again

Plus a Majordomo photo, and East Hollywood pizza

Denny’s in Arcadia
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.

A wind issue

Arcadia’s famous Denny’s (yes, it’s famous) has a big problem: The windmill on the roof just fell off. The corner location of the round, Googie-style diner has sported a giant windmill for decades — owing to when the place first opened as a Van de Kamp’s Holland Dutch Bakery years ago — and a campaign to save the windmill drew a ton of positive publicity for the chain restaurant.

Now, 18 months after being turned on again for the first time since the late 1980s, the windmill has collapsed. It actually fell straight down off its perch, reports Curbed LA, and punctured a hole in the restaurant roof. A reopening date for the restaurant is unclear, though they’ll certainly work to make sure the windmill turns once again.

Hangover style

Still reeling from New Years? Jonathan Gold handed out a liste of great hangover food just before the ball dropped on 2017, including boat noodles, breakfast tacos, and barbacoa. Thankfully it’s sort of an any-time list to keep handy, not just for big holidays.

The sign is live

Here’s the sign for David Chang’s upcoming Majordomo in far Chinatown. The blade neon is lit up evenings, and should act as a bat signal for fans of Chang’s work when the restaurant comes to life in a matter of weeks.

Margo’s gives back

Tomorrow night Margo’s in Santa Monica is hosting a fundraiser for all those Southern California wildfires. The plan is to donate 100% of sales from their apple cider cocktail, and 20% of the net proceeds from the night of service. It’s all going straight to the Red Cross.

Three courses at Winsome

Winsome in Echo Park is in the midst of a Wednesday prix fixe dinner special, where for $30 diners can get a three-course rotating meal, complete with dessert and a drink.

Putting down pizza roots

The La Morra Pizzeria team, recently relocated to Los Angeles from Charleston, is starting a long run of Thursday night pizza pop-ups at Tabula Rasa Bar. They’ll operate out of the back parking lot from 6 to 10 p.m., with wine and beer waiting inside.