Klatch Coffee is in big-time expansion mode. The award-winning greater Inland Empire coffee bar and roastery chain already has locations in Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and San Dimas, but is expanding at the end of this month into sleepy Redondo Beach at 306 W. Pacific Coast Highway. They’ll be picking up a cafe space near the water that seats 28 and offers a menu of everyday AM basics in addition to drinks, while also eyeballing several locations up north. In fact, the company is slated to deliver two Bay Area locations (in the Mission District and Mid-City, respectively) before the end of 2018, with another Southern California outlet in Fontana to follow.
Chef Brian Huskey has expanded his Orange County Tackle Box empire, opening up a second location at The SOCO Collection/OC Mix property in Costa Mesa, right where Taco Maria resides. The place only opened yesterday, but is already keeping hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Brennan’s on Lincoln Boulevard is doing a free pizza giveaway every Friday for the foreseeable future. The idea is to get folks out onto the patio by enticing them with free pies from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., along with live music and happy hour beers.
It’s been five years since chef Dominique Ansel first created the Cronut®, bringing the layered hybrid dessert to multiple cities and continents since. His team is going to be partying in style at their LA location at The Grove on Saturday, handing out free mini-bites and offering a few more surprises. In the meantime, check out all the Cronut® iterations since day one in this handy video.
5 years, 124 flavors, 4 cities, never repeating. A look back at every one of our flavors, from New York to Tokyo, London, and Los Angeles. Happy 5th Birthday, Cronut®! (See you on Saturday, when we celebrate its birthday in each of our shops with some surprises.) #CronutTurns5 #DominiqueAnselBakery @DABJapan @DominiqueAnselLondon @DominiqueAnselLA
All new cocktails
Franklin & Co. has launched a new cocktail lineup in Franklin Village, under head bartender Brian Landtroop. All drinks are $12, and the offerings include a jet-black tequila option called The Black Lagoon.
The LA Times has put together a moving tribute to chef Tui Sungkamee from Jitlada. The short video features several folks waxing poetic about the well-known, recently-passed chef, including his sister Jazz. Check it out.
Craft beer sessions
It’s a party on Saturday in East LA, as L.A. Taco shares all the details on Coldchella 2018. Expect a variety of Latino brewers to be pouring, plus food, live music, and a whole lot more. Tickets are available now.