Gold Diggers gets fancy
The ongoing subtle renovation of Gold Diggers bar on Santa Monica Boulevard is largely complete. New-ish owners Dave Neupert (Short Stop, La Cita) and Melanie Tusquellas (ex-El Chavo) have been changing things up since last year, and now the place is fully formed as a dive bar with a hip edge, complete with moody lighting and lots of gilded details.
The sushi master
Mori Onodera is back in action, says LA Magazine, bringing his prodigious sushi skills to Shiki in Beverly Hills.
Chris Bianco loves bagels
The Yeastie Boys got a big shout-out on Instagram yesterday from none other than Chris Bianco, the former Bronx native turned Phoenix pizza hero who is opening up a Tartine partnership project in Downtown LA.
The Walker Inn’s new cocktail list
There’s a slew of new drinks to know about over at The Walker Inn in Koreatown. The cocktail hotspot is officially on for summer, rocking summer spritzes and the below drink called Laurel Canyon, which comes with whiskey, spices, and (of course) lightly smoking sage.
A big break
Santa Monica City Council has backed away from a proposal that would have required businesses operating on city-owned property to unionize. The issue had far-reaching potential effects in the restaurant world and beyond, but is now no longer moving forward.
World Cup breakfast
Momed in Atwater Village is all-in on the final World Cup match on Sunday, throwing a breakfast party for the 7 a.m. event. The throwdown costs $40 and comes with an open food buffet and big screens for catching the action, plus drinks for sale at the bar.
Sound and Fury
This weekend’s Sound and Fury music festival goes down at the Belasco Theater in Downtown, and features a whole burger setup from none other than Chris Kronner of Kronnerburger. Better still: No tickets are required to eat, just show up and use the cafe entrance off 11th Street.
Brunch for days
The recently-opened Punta Cabras in Santa Monica is now doing brunch, offering dishes like uni & eggs, a croque maria, and live scallop ceviche. Hours run weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The opening brunch menu is below.