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.
Such an amazing photograph from LOOK MAGAZINE. Tony Franciosa, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Barbara Rush, and jazz musician Pete Rugolo with restaurant entrepreneur, Jean Leon at the original La Scala in 1965. La Scala has such delicious Hollywood history (as well as delicious food). The words to ‘Moon River’ were written at La Scala, Elizabeth Taylor had their food sent to the set when she making Cleopatra, Suzanne Pleshette and Natalie Wood were in at least once a week, and Marilyn Monroe had Leon personally deliver one of her last meals to her home in Brentwood. Proud of my pal Gigi Leon for keeping the restaurant so incredibly consistent and festive on every occasion. Happy 62nd anniversary to this Beverly Hills institution. I highly suggest following @lascalabeverlyhills on Instagram. And BTW, did you know La Scala actually invented the chopped salad? INDEED THEY DID! Oh, and a caricature drawing of Barbara Rush is still on the front wall today.
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.
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.