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Downtown’s First Chick-Fil-A Officially Opens Next Week

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Plus $4.20 food and a taco party in the plaza

The spicy chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A
Chick-Fil-A [official]

Chicken on the horizon

Downtown is finally getting the Chick-Fil-A it’s been patiently waiting for. The address at 7th and Figueroa is fully ready to be revealed on April 26, meaning there’s just one more week for Southern expats to hold out for the fast food company’s brand of fried chicken sandwiches and waffle fries.

While the move is positive for many fans of the franchise, which did over $9 billion in sales last year, not everyone is happy with the company’s personal politics. The conservative-leaning corporation famously does not open on Sundays, and high-level executives have over the years given privately to a variety of anti-LGBTQ groups. Downtown Los Angeles has historically been home to some of the city’s most prominent gay and lesbian bars (with more on the way), and is seen as a particularly liberal neighborhood even within greater Los Angeles. Chick-Fil-A opens on April 26 at 660 S. Figueroa, keeping daily hours from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

La Scala celebrates

Famed Beverly Hills Italian restaurant La Scala is turning 62 years young this year. Check out this celebrity-studded dinner photo from back in the day.

Friday mood

Speaking of anniversaries, Electric Owl in Hollywood is turning one on Friday. That also happens to be 4/20, so naturally Ernesto Uchimura’s restaurant will celebrate by making all food just $4.20, all day long.

Langer’s love

LA Times gives some well-deserved love to Norm Langer, the longtime patriarch of what may be America’s best pastrami sandwich. Hear the man tell his personal history himself, from working at the bottom to his time in changing MacArthur Park.

The reviews are in

It’s three stars for the NoMad’s Mezzanine restaurant in Downtown, at least according to TimeOut. While the service and drinks were excellent, writer Simon Majumdar says, the food is still finding some of its footing.

Tacos in person

L.A. Taco is hosting its annual live taco event to crown a winner in their ongoing Taco Madness bracket-style citywide tournament. Expect live music, drinks, and of course lots of tacos at the May 5 event in Downtown.

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