Sweetfin swims again
The poke wars continue as popular option Sweetfin continues to expand. This time they’re heading to Abbot Kinney, taking over a very familiar corner property along one of the city’s most expensive stretches.
The space is notable, though, as a bit of a microcosm of the high-rent struggles found along that leg of Venice. The is the previous Fala Bar space at 1146 Abbot Kinney that lasted just over two years, and before that was casual barbecue sandwich creator Chop Daddy (expanded to Culver City, closed in Venice, and now has gone away altogether). It’s still rough and tumble times along Abbot Kinney and for poke places alike, but if anyone can do it Sweetfin can. Expect an opening this summer.
Beer loves Chicago
Firestone Walker in Venice is collab’ing with the folks from Publican in Chicago. The team is coordinating on a five-course pop-up dinner on April 25, with one-off beers and more to share. Tickets are $75.
One expensive sandwich
Check out this $70 wagyu sandwich getting cooked up at pop-up Katsu Sando. It’s an expensive indulgence, but the folks over at The Insider are happy to share exactly why.
Proud to be featured on @thisisinsiderfood by the talented @crepesofwrath Please join us this Sunday at 6pm (April 8th) to have a taste of our Katsu Sandos! So excited to serve you! ☝ Remember, this A5 Wagyu Katsu Sando is $70, but we have MANY other Katsu Sandos options to choose from! Please come by and have a taste! (We’ve been doing pop-ups since October and plan to take it to a wider audience so stay tuned!) #katsusando #sandosunday #staycrispy # #thisisinsiderfood @thisisinsider
Cal Mare x James Beard
The James Beard Foundation folks are coming to Los Angeles for a night at Cal Mare inside the Beverly Center. It’s going down on April 19 and includes chefs like Adam Sobel (Cal Mare), Evan Funke, Jenn Louis out of Portland, Nancy Silverton, and more. Tickets for the seven-course event are $190 a head.
Trap Doors in OC
Wirtshaus opening chef Kenny Seliger is now in Orange County doing a pop-up dinner series called Trap Door Dining. The next iteration happens on April 6/7 inside Kit Coffee in Newport Beach with a four-course vegetable-focused menu priced at $95 a head.
CTH on the local move
The upcoming summer means a whole new slew of local food crawls hosted by stellar group Club Tengo Hambre. The company mostly operates in Baja and Mexico City, but does street food-focused “daycations” for Angelenos and tourists here in the city as well.
A hiring spree
Another day, another restaurant job fair for a local restaurant eager to staff up before opening. This time it’s Punta Cabras, the Santa Monica Mexican restaurant that’s looking to hire today and tomorrow.