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18-Year Old Thai Original BBQ Has Quietly Closed in Studio City

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Thai Original BBQ in Sherman Oaks
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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.

No more Thai

Thai Original BBQ Restaurant in Studio City has closed after 18 years along Ventura Boulevard. The casual staple spot left a note taped to its door that read in part: “We provided the comfortable atmosphere and we love our customers. Most of our customers had been with us for long time, with that we are forever grateful. We have developed many real friendship with many of our regular customers and we will miss them. But now, our time has come to move on to the next chapter of our lives. We are retiring and would like to enjoy time with our children.” As for what’s next, it seems that Guy Bachar, owner of Imperial Tile & Stone, has taken over with plans to open an unnamed sushi restaurant.

Changing of the guard

Maurice Solomon is stepping away from day to day operations at Fromin’s Deli, the Santa Monica restaurant he has called home for decades. Prior to co-operating Fromin’s, Solomon made a name for himself with Brentwood Country Mart legen Marjan’s, which he ran for 15 years.

Deal time

Downtown’s Hock + Hoof is doing a great lunchtime deal, offering buy-one-get-one 50% off all sandwiches during the day.

James Beard dinners

The James Beard Foundation is returning to Los Angeles this fall for a series of events, kicking off Friday, October 12. It all goes down at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, and features dinners from names like Andrew Carmellini, Ludo Lefebvre, Wes Avila, Pawan Mahendro, Curtis Stone, and more.

OC comeback

The OC Register says that former 40-year restaurant Mr. Stox is coming back, at least for one night only, at the Anaheim White House. Mr. Stox owners and former managers are even returning to help run the show, serving lost Stox options like crab cakes and osso buco as part of a prix fixe dinner that runs $85 a head. It all goes down at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, and reservations are recommended.

Juice is loose

There’s a new healthy juice spot open in Sherman Oaks these days. It’s the third installment of Greenhouse Juice Bar, doing everything from acai bowls to matcha to pressed juices from a small space at 13569 Ventura Boulevard.

Burrito talks

Gustavo Arellano took time out of his busy eating schedule to, well, eat on camera for ReasonTV. In the video, which takes place at Burritos La Palma in Santa Ana, Arellano talks about food, culture, appropriation, and Jonathan Gold.