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Off-Duty Cop Disarms Man With AR-15 Entering Suburban LA Bar

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Redlands scariness

An off duty police officer potentially prevented a deadly scene in Redlands over the weekend, as ABC7 reports that a man attempted to enter The District cocktail bar with an AR-15. A quick-moving employee grabbed the gunman from downstairs bar The Underground (the two establishments share an entrance), with an off-duty police officer stepping in moments later to help. The officer had been made aware of the gunman after customers in the parking lot said a man with an AR-15 had shown up and pointed the weapon at them because of an earlier argument. The man was subdued and arrested on charges of attempted assault with a deadly weapon. No one was hurt.

The return

KPCC has an update on the return of LAist, the long-dormant former daily local news site that its former billionaire owner shut down last year. Local public radio stepped in to negotiate a sale price for the domain, and now they’re saying the news outlet will relaunch next month — and they’re asking for some monetary help along the way.

Important updates

Everson Royce Bar has a new burger to know about. It’s a “juicy lucy,” stuffed with cheese inside, and it looks pretty outrageous.

Just try it

Chef Ted Hopson is on the latest episode of the Try It, You’ll Like It podcast, which aims to get restaurant-affiliated types to discuss their secret food and drink dislikes — and maybe see them in a new light. Previous guests have included Aaron Polsky, Steve Samson, and Johnny Ray Zone.

Downtown desert moves

The Desert Sun says that downtown Palm Springs is rapidly changing, as a bevy of construction projects (including an Andaz hotel) are back on track and getting ready to serve the destination desert community in the coming years. No more abandoned “Stonehenge” construction sites for one of L.A.’s most popular weekend getaway spots.

Vespertine talks

Vespertine chef Jordan Kahn spoke with the Chef Geeta site about Vespertine, its beginnings, and the media narrative surrounding his restaurant. It’s an interesting look at how the place has evolved over the months, and how dedicated Kahn is to making the waffle-y building in Culver City his permanent home.

Pearl’s at night

Downtown barbecue spot Pearl’s is getting into screening movies now that summer is here. This Thursday they’ll be running a series of experimental short films along with food and booze, and will be hosting a big blowout Memorial Day picnic party as well.