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Taco Maria’s Carlos Salgado Drops Out of Ace Hotel Palm Springs Gig

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Plus Tonga Hut parties and bagel updates galore

Ace Hotel King’s Highway
Tacos at King’s Highway in Palm Springs
Ace Hotel Palm Springs [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.

No more Salgado

Just a year after Carlos Salgado took the reins at the all-day King’s Highway restaurant inside the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, it seems that deal has now disappeared. Salgado, chef/owner of the immensely popular modern Mexican restaurant Taco Maria in Orange County, initially started up in late December 2016, with plans to bring casual Alta California fare to the desert and its many weekend travelers. Now that deal is finished.

Salgado first announced the end of the arrangement on his Twitter account over the weekend, saying that as of December he has not been involved, and that with the current restaurant still operating on property “neither the food, drink or experience represent our work, our voice, or our values.” He adds that he will miss his time there, and that he wishes the staff well. The Ace Hotel, for its part, says it wishes Salgado nothing but the best as he continues to focus on Taco Maria.

Party at the Hut

Tonga Hut is turning 60, and to celebrate the Tiki bar is doing a series of yearlong events and promotions. Primary among them is a series of parking lot parties, though the big anniversary bash will happen in October, says LA Magazine.

New noodle hours

We Have Noodles in Silver Lake is changing up its hours, dropping weekday lunch (and staying closed on Mondays). Expect dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday - Sunday, and an extension to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights for dinner.

Bagels, part one

The Tinfoil Liquor team is expanding its repertoire to include morning bagels out in Highland Park, says the LA Times. Owner Jeremy Fall will be competing in the area with everyone from Maury’s to Courage Bagels to Belles Bagels just around the way on York.

Bagels, part two

Speaking of bagels, Maury’s owner Jason Kaplan finally has the keys to his space in Silver Lake. It’s still currently a shell, but expect production (and takeaway sales) very soon.