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Today’s LAist Return Could Mean Good Things for LA’s Food Media World

Plus goodbye to Ports O’Call and a summertime lobster roll

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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.

LAist is back

Local news blog LAist is back from the dead, following a successful crowdfunding campaign surrounding their relaunch, as well as a purchase from old ownership by public radio company KPCC. The site is once again tackling local stories — yes, including food — several times a day, and has hired on longtime writer Elina Shatkin to cover restaurants. So far LAist is talking about Selena-themed doughnuts, CBD-infused cocktails, and $8 organic lunches served by a cult. Add in last weekend’s sale of the LA Times to local owner Patrick Soon-Shiong, and suddenly the city’s media landscape is looking pretty bright. Welcome back, LAist.

Return of the roll

Chef Jason Neroni is bringing back a classic this summer, putting his forgotten lobster roll from short-lived restaurant Catch & Release on the menu at the Rose Cafe bar in Venice.

Workshop alert

The new Workshop Enoteca is up and running in the South Bay, reports El Segundo Observer. The casual Italian spot carries some serious bonafides, and is now doing lunch only at 241 Main Street in El Segundo.

Another newcomer

Hoover’s newish CornerShop is now up and running near Virgil Village. The reborn corner store offers takeaway beer, wine, and snacks, plus local goodies like Bub & Grandma’s bread, Nancy’s Fancy Gelato, and more. The place is run by Adam Ohler, the onetime lead sommelier for Republique. 559 N. Hoover St.

Goodbye old ways

L.A. Taco went down to San Pedro for the last call at Ports O’Call Village. The waterfront dining and drinking destination is about to undergo a massive, multi-million dollar renovation that will take the property offline (and largely change its look and demographic) for years. Check out the full photo series over at L.A. Taco now.

Sugarfina goes global

Local candy brand Sugarfina is expanding overseas, landing a new location in Hong Kong soon. The summer arrival is just the first part of a larger rollout expected overseas.