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Fine Dining Alums Add to the Dining Prowess of One Tiny Central Coast Town

Plus Kembo on the move, and street food worries in Downtown

Bell’s Los Alamos couple and owners Greg and Daisy Ryan stand side by side for the camera.
The owners of Bell’s in Los Alamos
Bell’s [official photo]

Los Alamos heats up

Former New York City restaurant types Daisy and Greg Ryan have found a new home up in Los Alamos, taking over Bell Street Farms and flipping it into a casual lunch and dinner stop-off for traveling weekenders. Both have backgrounds at places like Per Se and LA’s Polo Lounge, but tell Food & Wine that they’re eager to move into a slightly slower pace up on the sleepier Central Coast.

The new restaurant at 406 Bell Street in Los Alamos will serve lunch Thursday through Monday and dinner Thursday through Saturday, offering a menu of classic salads, sandwiches, pastas, and rotisserie chicken. Chef Sarah Williams (Jean-Georges) is also in the kitchen, while wines and beer will be selected from the many nearby producers. The opening menu is below.

Trouble downtown

Seven women were arrested over the weekend at a street food protest in Downtown Los Angeles, reports L.A. Taco. The rally initially started as a way to bring attention to the proposed legislation that aims to legalize street vending, but gives brick and mortar restaurants veto power on when and where many people can actually vend publicly. Street food in Los Angeles is overwhelmingly run by women, leading many to show up to the protest the day after International Women’s Day. Ultimately seven were arrested as part of the protest.

A new flavor

Here’s a unique pairing: Up at Agua Dulce Winery this coming weekend, a $50 ticket gets drinkers access to five different wine styles in a flight, as well as a collection of edible bugs. Yep, bugs and wine, for those curious enough to try.

Native on the cheap

There’s a new reduced-price “community hour” at Native in Santa Monica starting this week. The every-day-but-Monday deal runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes $5 small bites, $8 daiquiris, $6 beer, and more.

Kembo on the go

The popular Monterey Park Kembo food truck is being forced to move, owing to some city regulations where they normally park. Not to worry though, ownership says they’ll be relocating closer to Downtown Los Angeles in the near future instead.

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