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A Sleek All-Day Restaurant Joins Palm Springs’s Hot Dining Scene

Plus a chili cook-off in the Arts District, and a new chef at Papilles

AC3 in Palm Desert
Courtesy AC3
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.

The hotness

A sleek new desert restaurant has opened over the weekend. It’s called AC3, and should fit in nicely with the weekend and Coachella crowds.

Located along Larkspur Lane in Palm Desert, AC3 is a collaboration between Andrew and Juliana Copley (Copley’s) and Tony Marchese (TRIO), situated adjacent to the Hotel Paseo. Expect casual new American fare like sea bass with black lentils and braised beef short rib, presented in a comfortable, design-forward setting. AC3 is open for dinner only to start, with daily breakfast and lunch to come soon. 45350 Larkspur Lane, Palm Desert.

Lucky Wheels

There’s a quiet new coffee spot going down on Mission Road, called Lucky Wheels. The alleyway shop is part of a DIY motorcycle garage, and is run by the folks behind Echo Park’s Woodcat Coffee.

Papilles for the people

Former Partido chef Lynne Tolentino is back in action, taking the reins at Hollywood’s popular Papilles. The casual French strip mall favorite is now under her control, allowing Tolentino to step back into her classic French cooking techniques.

Barcito anew

Downtown’s two-year-old Barcito is keen to reinvent themselves again, emerging today as a nearly around-the-clock cafe for the local neighborhood. That means more than just cocktails and light bites; expect coffee, lunch, dinner, and late night all wrapped up in one tight collection of menus.

Caffe Luxxe arrives

More changes in Pacific Palisades, as Caffe Luxxe is only a month or so out on their upcoming location at 15200 Sunset Boulevard. Signage is hanging already, and the former Little Frenchy Cafe is nearly ready to serve, says a tipster.

Rance to USC

Rance’s Chicago Pizza is almost ready to debut at USC Village. The popular deep dish pizza spot is angling for an official opening on March 3, but will be doing some preview nights at their new location before then.

Chili for all

There’s a chili cooking contest happening at Pearl’s BBQ in the Arts District tonight. A $40 ticket gets access to beer, a bunch of samples, and lots of fun.