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Police Seek Help Tracking Down Violent Men Who Robbed LA Street Vendors

Plus cocktails and science, and Black Hogg back in Silver Lake

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A fruit vendor in Los Angeles
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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.

Help is needed

Police are looking for tips regarding a vicious attack on three street vendors that happened early Sunday morning in South LA. The trio was cutting fruit in preparation for the day when they were jumped by two cars full of people (six men and one woman in all). Though the motive remains unclear, police say the vendors were robbed.

One of the vendors, Pedro Daniel Reyes, was hurt the worst and will require reconstructive surgery. His family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the Oaxaca, Mexico native. Warning: The image of Reyes’s injuries on the donation page is graphic.

Ledlow no more

The death of Downtown’s Ledlow is official, says DTLAer, as the restaurant quietly gave way a couple of months ago to make more room for PYT. Josef Centeno’s vegetable-focused restaurant has been much more in the spotlight since opening, and the expansion only seemed to make sense.

The beer calls

This year’s Eat Drink Vegan fest is coming up in May, but the team is already teasing out what should be a pretty killer lineup of beer options. The lineup includes names like Modern Times, Cellador Ales, Three Weavers, and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Black Hogg rising

In other flip news, Sopressata in Silver Lake is no more, transitioning instead back into Black Hogg. Well, Black Hogg Sandwiches, a kind of hybrid day and evening experience that marries the things Sopressata/Ohana Poke Co. did well, with some of chef Eric Park’s best dishes from the Black Hogg days.

Beer and history

LA’s oldest Irish bar Tom Bergin’s was, predictably, mobbed for St. Patrick’s Day, and L.A. Taco was there to capture the round-the-clock madness from first pint at 6 a.m. to last call at 2 a.m. Stories of impending loss and lots of drinks — and one cameo by the mayor — later, and what could end up being the last St. Patrick’s Day celebration there ever has now come and gone.

Drinking and science

Downtown’s Greenbar Distillery is hosting a conversation with astrobiologist Dr. Kevin P. Hand on Thursday as part of its ongoing Science & Spirits event series. Dr. Hand works at NASA-JPL, and will be discussing the possibility of life on other planets. Tickets are $25 and include a cocktail.