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LA’s Best Restaurant Time Capsule Earns Giant New Warehouse Space

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Plus build-outs at the Row and Uovo’s new plan

Valley Relics Museum
The Valley Relics Museum
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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.

Moving up

The Valley Relics Museum is in line for a massive upgrade. According to LA Magazine, the ridiculously cool storage facility known for its exhaustive collection of old LA restaurant ephemera is getting a big new warehouse right near the Van Nuys Airport. The jump will more than double the museum’s storage capacity to something like 10,000 square feet, meaning there’s going to be way more room for old neon signs, cars, menus, and — at least for a time — old food stands like Tail O’ the Pup.

More Uovo

Santa Monica’s Uovo now officially offers takeout and delivery service. The speedy pasta shop on 2nd Street is already known for turning around quick-finished meals in no time when dining inside, and now Postmates will handle the rest.

Getting there

Here’s another visual update on all things The Manufactory, the gigantic Tartine/Chris Bianco project opening up at the Row sometime later this year.

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The tortilla is key

Wes Avila explains the perfection behind a great taco over at The Splendid Table. It starts with a great tortilla, of course, but there’s also salsa, quality ingredients, and that nearly-indefinable mix of heat, crunch, umami, and more.

Coffee not on wheels

Bicycle Coffee’s new Little Tokyo cafe is up and running. The 358 E. 2nd St. space has been quietly serving for a couple of weeks now, but is plotting for a big grand opening party on August 17. Expect in-person roasting, room for 30 seats, and plenty of coffee and wifi.

Pitchoun does it

Pitchoun Bakery has opened at the Beverly Center, keeping some limited hours (and a limited menu) to start. Expect a big, wide reveal on Monday, with hours thereafter from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Boomtown and brisket

There’s another summer beer and barbecue session going down at Maple Block Meat Co. in Culver City. The ongoing series matches local brews with brisket burgers, sausages, games, and lots of kid-friendly stuff. It’s all happening Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.