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Star Baker Nicole Rucker’s Standalone Fairfax Project Opens Monday

Plus tacos in Little Tokyo, cocktails in Chinatown, and Tasting Kitchen news

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.

Fiona’s arrival

Nicole Rucker’s first standalone restaurant and bakery project is set to open next week. The Fairfax newcomer is called Fiona, and while it will absolutely offer things like takeaway breads and the pies that have made Rucker such a household name, the restaurant will also feature plenty of savory-side stuff from chef Shawn Pham, formerly of Simbal. Over on Instagram yesterday reps for the restaurant announced an official debut set for Monday, November 19, to coincide with the start of the holiday season and their pie pick-ups. The full strength of the restaurant will continue to roll out in the weeks that follow.

Bad in Little Tokyo

There’s a new taco shop open in Little Tokyo called Bad Son. The tiny shop only recently came online inside the Little Tokyo Market, doing everything from burritos, tacos, and quesadillas to pan dulce.

Drinks in the back

Speaking of new openings, check out Songbird Cafe, a speakeasy-style cocktail spot hiding away in the Blossom complex in Chinatown. Look for hours from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

In the trenches

Trencher in Echo Park has added beer and wine as of yesterday. The sandwich shop just off Sunset Boulevard is adding a bunch of locally-made craft beer, and will be rolling out a happy hour in the coming weeks.

Lock the gates

The Tasting Kitchen in Venice will be closed from November 15 to December 2 as they work on some much-needed upgrades to the space, according to their Facebook page.

Sliding in

Rock House Sliders is hitting the food court at the Westfield Century City, says Toddrickallen, bringing its unique slider-style burgers to the busy indoor-outdoor mall.

Dinner is Paramount

Paramount Coffee Project is doing dinner in Downtown. The Row-based cafe has extended its hours until 8 p.m. on certain days, to coincide with a newly-acquired beer and wine license.