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A New Natural Wine Bar and Bottle Shop Takes Up Residence in Virgil Village

Plus cheese changes in Mar Vista and more Fatima’s Grill

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Martin Krokilowski
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.

Wine of the times

There’s even more wine coming to the greater Silver Lake area, as a shop called Voodoo Vin is keen to set up along Virgil, right across the street from Sqirl. ABC paperwork is up now for the project at 713 Virgil, and owner Natalie Hekmat tells Eater the plan is to serve mostly small-production natural wines, with room a few light bites and a bottle shop area for takeaway sales. Add in the new Psychic Wines that just opened not far away, plus Bar Bandini, Botanica, Kismet, and others, and suddenly the area is a hotbed for natural wine.

Dai Pai Dong again

Pine & Crane is flipping on Tuesday, August 28, turning into a one-night Johnny Lee pop-up called Dai Pai Dong. The first iterations of the seafood-focused family-style meal were absolutely mobbed, so Lee and company have decided to go all-out and take over the entire restaurant for the night, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

No more Wheels

Wheel House Cheese in Mar Vista has closed, and in its place comes a new spot called only Kustaa. Like its previous tenant, this address will turn out wine, cheese, and light bar snacks and desserts.

Mid-century vibes

Discover Los Angeles has an inside look at the unassuming Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills Hotel, which not-so-secretly hides some of the best mid-century restaurant and bar decor in the area. There’s the 101 Coffee Shop of course, as well as the MiniBar upstairs. Plus there’s a lot more to experience nearby.

Table troubles

The Long Beach Post is down on Table 301. The large new restaurant gets points for its decor but fails massively on the menu, says writer Brian Addison.

The Fatima’s story

There’s a lot to like about the story behind Fatima’s Grill in Downey, from incarceration to cooking fusion food in an unassuming strip mall. The Food Beast team drills into the details with Ali the owner on their Katchup podcast.

Truck times

The Fiyahnesian team is looking to get into the food truck game, staging a fundraiser to try to build enough of a bankroll to go mobile. Head to Carson on Saturday, September 1 to help out.