What a plan
There’s a Kickstarter underway for a new booze-fueled mini golf course project, with plans to open at some unspecified time in Hollywood. The project founders claim that most of the necessary funds have already been found through private investment, but they’re still seeking $60,000 from the public to get the thing over the finish line. If successful, the course would let players drink from hole to hole, and offer a standalone bar space for drinking after the game. Food would be available from largely plant-based food trucks, and most of the brews would come from vegan-friendly Modern Times Beer. As for the space itself, reps say the first iteration would be a nine-hole course in a warehouse to open in 2019, to be followed by a full 18-hole course taking up some 12,000 feet of space eventually.
David Chang’s short ribs (those done in the Adam Perry Lang style) are a hit at Majordomo in far Chinatown. Now they’ve gotten their own gushing review thanks to Daniel Vaughn of Texas Monthly, who says “Chang’s barbecue lessons have paid off with this dish.”
The first look
Porridge + Puffs has a new permanent home in Historic Filipinotown, and the space is shaping up nicely. Here’s a sneak peek inside.
Queer-focused East Hollywood coffee shop Cuties is trying out a new survival model. Instead of just relying on cash that comes through the door, the community hangout has gone through Patreon to help subsidize its efforts, all while tweaking hours and efficiencies along the way.
The anticipated Boutellier Wines shop is almost ready to start selling. Attached to the buzzy new Tesse restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, the new wine shop plans to offer harder-to-find bottles and everyday stuff alike, catering to the Hollywood Hills and Weho locals.
Lots of signs
Check out the signage for Milk Bar on Melrose. The space has suddenly been transformed and looks closer than ever to opening — particularly at night, when the whole thing really glows.
Skyview Motel in Los Alamos has garnered plenty of attention since opening at the beginning of the year. The reborn hilltop overnight destination is now thriving thanks to a ton of press and upscale weekenders, but less has been said about Norman, the restaurant on property. Now the restaurant is getting its full due thanks to the Santa Barbara Independent.
A new face
There’s a new executive chef at Esters in Santa Monica: Jessica Liu He. She’s got a background at places like The Bazaar, and is already reformatting menu items and flipping over the weekend brunch. That means the Esters burger available with a sunny-side egg during brunch, and daytime options like a massive new chicken club sandwich.
There’s now a fried chicken sandwich at Here’s Looking at You in Koreatown. In addition to the new burger, this beauty is available only at the bar and in limited quantities nightly.