Chef Bruce Kalman is no longer involved with Union in Pasadena. The rustic Italian restaurant in Old Pasadena helped to make Kalman into a star, and launch him on a run into last season’s Top Chef contention. Now he’s pulling out completely after four years as executive chef and co-owner, and says he plans to focus on his family and some new 2019 projects. Most recently he’s been consulting at spots around town, and is also looking to launch a retail pickle line, which he’s had in the past. Marie Petulla stays on as owner at Union, and the two will both retain control of Knead inside Grand Central Market.
Yelp to help
Yelp has started to roll out a new feature for restaurants, showing off an eatery’s health department grade right on their page, says Gizmodo. The new detail is available in several states, including New York and California.
The big smash
Michael’s in Santa Monica has a new happy hour starting soon, with a menu that includes the aptly-named Big Mike Smash. It’s a confit chicken patty that’s been stuffed with cheddar cheese and then fried with a panko crust. Sounds wild.
Happy #TastyTuesday! We've got some exciting news for you... This Friday, we're introducing a brand new item to the #happyhour menu. It's the most anticipated release of Summer '18: the #BigMikeSmash. Set your alarms for 5:30pm on 7/27/18 and come have a smashing good time. Thanks to @jeremyjacobowitz of @brunchboys for being one of the first to brave this epic cheese-stuffed, #friedchicken sandwich and live to tell the tale! Who says there are no superheroes in real life? . . . . . #michaelssantamonica #michaelssm #losangeles #santamonica #california #restaurant #dinner #eeeeeats #infatuationla #eaterla #dinela #foodandwine #tastingtable #laeats #yahoofood #feedfeed #farmersmarket #fresh #tasty #nomnom #instafood #foodie #foodporn #foodart #beautifulcuisines #eatingfortheinsta
Skid Row for good
Skid Row Coffee, the mobile coffee cart for good, is expanding its Downtown presence to include a brick and mortar location inside the Main Library. That’s according to LA Magazine, who say the company should be ready to serve by late August or early September.
Appropriation in new ways
Mel Magazine has an interesting story out on cultural appropriation, pointing specifically to the Native American-themed Uncle Yu’s restaurant in San Gabriel, which is owned by a Chinese family and carries a Chinese menu.
Lemonade on the run
Downtown’s Lemonade location is growing its takeaway business, adding a new grab and go section for its Flower Street location. Look for more than a dozen new salads and wraps and sandwiches to take on the fly, plus pressed juices and more.
Pot ‘til the end
Roy Choi is set to say goodbye to his family of restaurants inside the Line Hotel at months’ end, which means one more big blowout meal at lobby restaurant Pot. To celebrate, Choi and Co. are turning on the burners for all the classic dishes, including the kimchi fried rice and vegetable pancake. Available family-style for $60 a head, Friday through Sunday.