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One of Abbot Kinney’s Most-Flipped Storefronts Nets Another Tenant

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Plus a $70 sandwich, jobs in Santa Monica, and James Beard dinners

The Fala Bar space changing hands
Sweetfin [official photo]

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.

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.

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