There’s a new all-outdoor weekend food party happening in Studio City, and it includes some very well-known names. The pop up is called Valley Urban Market and it lands in the parking lot of the Sportsman’s Lodge every Saturday starting September 22. The plan is to drop in more than a dozen food vendors like Lobsterdamus, Sunny Blue, Urban Pie, and Hearth and Olive, and for the first two weeks to play home to Tennessee-based barbecue outlet The Beached Pig, by chef Billy Terrell. He’ll be cooking up food from a 28-foot trailer, and apparently Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters will be helping him out. Expect hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Eric Dickerson eats
Legendary NFL running back Eric Dickerson has partnered up with Rocco’s Tavern, the casual mini restaurant chain with locations in Culver City, Studio City, Pasadena, and Westwood. Dickerson is lending his famous number 29 to a separate menu of food items that recount his life and achievements, like a Pony Express pizza and hot wings called simply “2105,” a reference to the record number of yards Dickerson ran in a single season.
The new Hilltop in View Park is already a certifiable hit, drawing big crowds in just a few short weeks and even expanding hours to 6 p.m. daily. They’ve also taken to social media to address their 5% service charge, and offer some transparency on where the extra nickel-per-dollar is going.
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Hello Hilltop Patrons & Concerned Community Members, . There has been a good amount of discussion on various social media outlets regarding our 5% service fee. As the owners of Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen, we wanted to take time to address some of the concerns. . From the day we opened we have instituted a 5% service fee on all transactions. For every dollar spent, $0.05 is added. It is and always has been posted on a sign directly in front of our register, as well as being on our menus, website, and on the screen which customers see during their transactions. . As the sign says, the fee is 100% removable. In the very few instances that someone has asked to remove the service fee, we accommodated the request without hesitation. . The purpose of our service fee is to enable us to be able to pay our employees above minimum wage while keeping our prices at a competitive price point. We currently start all employees at $13.50 an hour. That is $1.50 more than required by law. With regards to our prices and how they relate to how we pay our employees, we felt it better to charge a fee that you can opt out of, as opposed to higher prices which you would not be able to opt out of. Additionally, we make every attempt to hire from the local community and be positive influences on those we employ. . At Hilltop, we are passionate about the the impact entrepreneurship can have on individuals and on communities. We believe that if we can empower our employees and the people from the communities we are a part of, then we can a create a "rising tide lifts all ships" movement. From day one we have attempted to create a brand culture of operational transparency and uplifting one another to help foster that impact. We call it a Culture for the Climb, and it is the first of our core tenets. . Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for your support.- Yonnie & Ajay . #FindYourHilltop #CoffeeForTheClimb #CultureForTheClimb
Mr. Furley’s Bar is almost ready to roll into its new Glendale location. The casual Sherman Oaks sports bar has decided on an opening sometime in early October at their big new location at 224 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale.
All closed up
Chou Chou has closed in Santa Monica. That’s per Toddrickallen, who shows off the closure notice delicately taped to the front window recently.
It looks like Eggslut has decided to expand to ... Lebanon? Apparently so, as the company just announced a new outlet in Beirut.
Westside bartender Gaby Mlynarczyk is moving on from Accomplice Bar, leaving a note on social media to address her departure. There’s no word yet on where exactly she’ll land next, though her new book is just out so there’s sure to be some more press and travel in support of that effort.