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LA’s Influential Lucques Celebrates 20 Years of Changing How the City Eats

Plus Spice Station returns, and a Virgil Village block party

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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.

20 years in at Lucques

Congrats to everyone involved with Lucques, as the seminal restaurant celebrates 20 years of success in Los Angeles. Both Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne are James Beard Foundation Award-winners with multiple other restaurants under their belts, and one of the most prodigious catering and large event duos in all of Los Angeles. To celebrate, expect a series of celebrity chef pop-up dinners and throwback nights, from Marc Vetri and Paul Kahan on July 1 to a September 24 dinner that rolls through the past with classic menu items and dishes from Goin’s stint at Chez Panisse, says LA Times.

Spice station again

The Spice Station is back. The popular Silver Lake shop closed last year due to rising rents but has now returned to 604 N. Hoover, with an official opening tomorrow.

Block party

Virgil Village is hosting a massive block party with tons of familiar names, from Melody to Sqirl to Vinny’s Barber Shop on down, with proceeds from the event benefitting the Lockwood Avenue Elementary school. The first iteration goes down June 1 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Happy hour dreams

Wood & Water in Sherman Oaks is doing a new happy hour, locking in menu items like short rib tacos, meatballs, or lobster sliders for cheap, alongside $8 cocktails and rotating beer and wine specials. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with $1 weekday oysters from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. only.

Kismet x Salt & Straw

Ice cream meets Israeli savory with Salt & Straw’s new collaboration, as the Kismet team crafts a limited-time crispy jeweled rice flavor that will run in LA-only scoop shops from June 1 to June 28. Expect brown butter rice gelato with pumpkin seed caramel and more.

Yardbird’s daytime deal

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar has a new lunch deal to know about, offering $25 fast three-course lunches that include options like deviled eggs, biscuits, and of course fried chicken.

Curtis eats on Today

Curtis Stone took to the Today Show to discuss a few of his favorite Los Angeles restaurants. Among them are Lukshon, where Stone spends time cooking with Sang Yoon, and Pizzana in Brentwood, which Stone says is the best pizza place anywhere in LA.