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Lawry’s Tweaks Menu and Interiors to Keep Up With the Times

Plus a crazy new hotel in West Hollywood and a pizza party at Prime

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Servers and chef at Lawry’s the Prime Rib
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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Updates to a Beverly Hills classic

Lawry’s the Prime Rib, a massive prime rib-focused and midcentury-style dining institution, is making some slight but important changes to keep up with modern sensibilities, reports LA Mag. Most of the good stuff is sticking around, from the prime rib carts to the spinning salads, but with 80 years of business under its belt, things like the bar and interior will get refresh. In the meantime, some new seasonal sides and dishes will accommodate a wider clientele, with cauliflower “steaks” and classic wedge salad to add to its iconic tableside affair. Finally, those uniforms, which LA Mag says were modeled after the ones from the servers at Harvey House (which is now Imperial Western Beer Co. at Union Station), will get an update too.

The classics never get old

The LA Times has a roundup of 10 classic restaurants, from Beverly Soon Tofu in Koreatown to Daikokuya, which has multiple locations. Of course, in addition to those more modern Asian restaurants, Lawry’s and Musso & Frank show up.

Wine and paint

One of those wine bars-cum-paint studios, this one called Board & Brush, is coming to Santa Monica, reports Toddrickallen; it’ll be located in a former vacuum machine retailer. Bring friends or a date, drink some vino, and pretend to be the next Degas.

A new WeHo hotel could be one of LA’s new architectural marvels

A proposed hotel in West Hollywood looks pretty bonkers, with a 22-story tower that resembles something out of a sci-fi movie, reports Wehoville. Called the Sunset Tower, which is already the name of an iconic hotel, it will have restaurants and lounges to accommodate the 237 rooms at 9034 Sunset Boulevard, joining the likes of the Jeremy, Standard, and Andaz in one of LA’s densest clusters of hotels.

Filipino popup on Sunday

On Sunday, December 9, NextDayBetter will assemble a panel of Filipino chefs and restaurateurs, from Barb Batiste of Big Boi to Alvin Cailan of the Usual in New York City, to discuss the Filipino food movement. Samantha Duenas, the DJ and performer also known as SOSUPERSAM, will moderate the panel. A $40 ticket gets attendees entrance plus food and drinks (from Genever) at Playa Studios in Culver City. Pick up a ticket here.

Rad times at Prime

Prime Pizza in Little Tokyo is hosting a popup called Rad Times Pizza on Saturday, December 8, from 6 to 9 p.m., with former Roberta’s pizza cook Anthony Falco making pizzas using the new Breville pizza oven. Anyone who buys a pizza will get a cool ’80s shirt too.