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A Sudden Death Surprises Staff at 98-Year-Old Barney’s Beanery

Plus LASA hits the town for drinks, and Texas barbecue on the Santa Monica Pier

A colorful look inside the kitsch of longtime bar Barney’s Beanery.
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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 loss at Barney’s Beanery

It’s a tough day for fans of West Hollywood bar anchor Barney’s Beanery, as longtime serving manager Dominique Kadison has died suddenly. Spanning a career of nearly 30 years at the landmark restaurant and bar, Kadison worked to become a local favorite among fans of the iconic place, tourists visiting from out of town, locals, and everyone on staff — and even met her husband there, when he was a regular.

Barney’s Beanery co-owner Sheri Hellard tells Eater: “She was truly like a mother to all of the servers and bartenders at Barney’s. She always remembered the details of what everyone was up to and offered encouragement and support. She was one of a kind and will be deeply missed by all.”

Smorgasburg’s Santa Monica stint releases some vendors

Some of the upcoming vendors for Smorgasburg’s push onto the Santa Monica Pier have been announced. Along with the usual lineup of weekend pop-ups, expect names like Nancy Silverton’s Nancy’s Fancy Gelato, Sweet Rose Creamery, Mama Lee’s Vegan, and Moo’s Craft Barbecue.

A festival of Chinese food in Downtown(ish)

The upcoming Taste of China event is happening in a week. The large festival goes down at the Magic Box at The Reef, just south of Downtown, and features everyone from Jonathan Gold to the founder of Meizhou Dongpo — and lots of restaurant vendors, of course.

A night out with the LASA team

The LASA team has gotten the Vice Munchies’ Chef’s Night Out treatment, taking to Melody Lounge and elsewhere for an evening of partying with friends. Check out the video here.

Eggs in the AM at Freedman’s

More today on Freedman’s. The strip mall Silver Lake modern Jewish deli launches brunch for the first time this weekend (and now has a full bar). The opening menu, including bagels and pastrami steak and eggs, is below. Hours run 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.