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Vegan Star Chef Matthew Kenney Adds a Meatless Deli to the Wilds of Venice

Plus a brisket block party and an update on Verve in the Arts District

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Matthew Kenney New Deli
A wrap from New Deli in Venice
New Deli [official photo]
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.

Not another deli

Plant-based chef Matthew Kenney is on the move again, opening up a new takeaway restaurant off Pacific Avenue in Venice. It’s called New Deli, and apparently the place is going to open for business on April 15.

Per Kenney himself, expect everything from lattes to wraps to ice cream to retail wine and home supplies. Plant-Based News was the first to report on the project, which was designed by Dex Studios to be a light-filled, compact space — larger in footprint but similar in tone to Silver Lake’s new Scout. Signage is already up at 2524 Pacific Avenue in Venice.

Button Mash and Bludso’s

Arcade bar Button Mash is doing it up right for Dodgers opening day tomorrow. From noon to 3 p.m. Bludso’s BBQ is going to be in the parking lot selling brisket sandwiches, hot link sandwiches, and more. Button Mash will also have their signature tofu balls at the ready.

Looking good

Ria Dolly Barbosa is showing off her new kitchen setup for Paramount Coffee Project at the ROW in Downtown, and it seems she’s really taking to the place.

Peekaboo pass

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Wellness for real

Food 52 chatted up Heather Sperling of Botanica about all things health and wellness, as well as the story behind the beginnings of the Silver Lake restaurant.

Verve revs up

Upstart Downtown blog DTLAer offers a slight update on all things Verve Coffee Roasters in the Arts District. The project slated to happen next to to Bavel is coming along nicely they say, but reps for the company contend construction isn’t even close to being finished.

Philippe’s x opening day

Chinatown french dip favorite Philippe’s is also celebrating Dodgers opening day with lots of food and beer, plus a raffle for four field-level tickets to a game later in the season. Of course, the Stadium Express shuttle also passes nearly right out front.

Bavel pays

There’s another chance to join the Bavel opening team in the Arts District. Send along resumes for a chance to get involved.