McDonald’s makes a mark
A local McDonald’s franchise in Lynwood, California has flipped its iconic golden arches sign upside-down in solidarity for today’s International Women’s Day. The restaurant’s unique new visual is currently up and lit, and drawing plenty of media attention along the way. What’s more, reps for the international company say that 100 female-owned stores across the United States will rock apparel and packaging showing off the upside-down M, though only for today. The Lynwood location is run by area franchisee Patricia Williams, who has presided over that location for more than three decades.
Some remain more impressed with the multi-billion-dollar company’s marketing stunt than others.
Happy hour happy place
Italian mainstay Sotto is hosting a new happy hour starting on Sunday. The new deal will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday at the bar only, and include $9 cocktails or house wine plus $10 pizzas and sides like stuffed fried olives and crispy fingerling potatoes.
Popular food podcast Snacky Tunes is doing a live taping at the El Rey with Micah Wexler and Michael Kassar next Tuesday. The 7 p.m. $30 event will feature bites from Wexler’s as well as an acoustic set by NIIA.
Big lunch Downtown
Downtown fine dining spot 71Above is hosting a James Beard Foundation fundraiser lunch on Friday, with chefs Vartan Abgaryan welcoming in Timothy Hollingsworth and Jessica Largey for the meal. Tickets are $175 a head, and include four courses and luxury ingredients like black truffle and foie gras.
Saddlerock Gardens is hosting another series of outdoor farm dinners this season, starting next Saturday, March 17. The $130 events features guest chefs, incredible views, and food straight from the land.
The NY Times is in love with Los Angeles’ bread, shouting out many of the city’s best bakeries from Friends & Family to Clark Street to Bub and Grandma’s on down.
Guest House gets going
The Guest House is now in its final form in Los Feliz. The Hillhurst project (formerly H Coffee) is doing dinner and cocktails fully as of last weekend, under chef Ara Babakhanian. The opening daytime and dinner menus are below.