Real estate heat
It’s always amazing to watch the impact that one or two groups can have on a neighborhood. For places like Chinatown that person has historically been George Yu, the neighborhood’s Business Improvement District executive editor. But even he’s got to hand it to David Chang of Majordomo and the Highland Park Brewery team; they’ve been spearheading a new commercial renaissance in a strip of quiet industrial land at the far edge of Chinatown, says LA Downtown News.
Majordomo, NYC’s Apotheke, Highland Park Brewery, and the incoming Angeleno Wine Company are all now anchoring that stretch of the city near the LA River and Lincoln Heights, though the revitalization of the adjacent park and the longstanding Nick’s Cafe have also had plenty to say about the place’s viability. So will far Chinatown become the next Arts District? Perhaps, but it always takes time.
Firestone x Publican
Firestone Walker in Venice is hosting a dinner with folks from Chicago’s Publican on April 25. The five-course event runs $75 and will showcase a variety of rare beers alongside food from both restaurants.
Goodbye old friend
Longtime Sqirl chef de cuisine Javier Ramos, a Rising Star award-winner and usual presence on the line, has moved on from the mega-popular spot. He’s sticking around town though, saying in the comments below that he’s a “free agent” for now.
Culver City sweets
The fine folks over at Milla Chocolates are apparently opening their first brick and mortar location in Culver City. The elegant outlet will land next to Cerveteca on Venice Boulevard, says a tipster. Signage is already up.
Documentaries and dining
The new documentary Wasted! covers the food waste that is plaguing our planet, and to promote the film there’s going to be a big chef party (all sustainable, of course) at The Huntington Library’s Rothenberg Hall on April 22. The $95 event includes dishes from folks like Michael Cimarusti, Neal Fraser, and Nyesha Arrington.
The rooftop lives
The sunny summer rooftop is alive and active down at the NoMad in Downtown. There’s a cafe menu for anyone to partake in, plus a pool for hotel guests and views galore. The opening menu for the rooftop is below, and reservations can be made online.