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LA’s Most Prominent Buildings Will “Turn Gold” to Honor Food Critic’s Passing

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Plus Vespertine’s own Jonathan Gold tribute, and Phillip Frankland Lee’s new place

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Golden lights

The entire city of Los Angeles has been lighting up with praise for Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold, who died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 57 last Saturday night. This Saturday would have been the icon’s 58th birthday, so to honor him a ton of LA buildings are “turning gold,” running messages from and about the man on their exteriors, and turning their exterior lights a new shade of golden hue as well. The buildings are numerous, and include the Natural History Museum, the LA Times building in El Segundo, City Hall, the Broad, the US Bank Tower building, the Theatre at the Ace Hotel, the Pacific Wheel at the end of the Santa Monica Pier, and many more.

Vespertine time

Culver City culinary wonderland Vespertine is launching a new Jonathan Gold-inspired dinner on October 23 of this year (the anniversary of the drop of Gold’s seminal 101 best restaurants list). Gold named Vespertine last year’s best restaurant, so now the place is paying it forward with a night of $101 meals (normally $250), and reservations are up now.

Monarch mornings

Phillip Frankland Lee has opened his second Montecito, CA restaurant. This one is The Monarch, an all-day restaurant for the Montecito Inn, where the project resides. It’s also right across the driveway from Frankland’s Crab & Co., and will eventually also house Silver Bough, Lee’s attempt at a massively ambitious upscale fine dining tasting menu experience

Bootsy remodel

West Hollywood hotspot Bootsy Bellows is going down for a six-month remodel after this weekend. The plan is to make this outlet a flagship for the Bootsy brand, as the h.wood Group expands into markets like Dallas, and adds a new location in Aspen.

White Light

The annual White Light White Night charity event is coming back to El Segundo this Saturday. The well-attended festival includes bites from Baran’s 2239, Coni’Seafood, Simmzy’s, and more, and money goes to support services for children who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis in their family.

Four Winters for all

Four Winters Ice Cream is now open on West Third Street. The London-based liquid nitrogen shop lands at 8065 W. 3rd Street with sunny, floral vibes and a menu that also includes takeaway options like salted caramels and more.

Brunch for the Valley

The new Wood & Water in Sherman Oaks has added brunch, running Sundays only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect lots of eggs as well as bottomless Aperol spritzes for $19, or bottomless rose for $24. The menu is below.

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