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One of LA’s Best Mediterranean Restaurants Reopens Tomorrow in Downtown

Plus another flip on Sunset Strip, and Michael Voltaggio talks

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.

Dune does it again

Popular Atwater Village Mediterranean spot Dune began branching out last year, landing in Venice and Downtown on the edge of South Park. That DTLA location went dark in June with plans to remodel and reformat portions of the menu, and now the work has officially ended. Owner Scott Zwiezen says service will resume tomorrow at 11 a.m., with lunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) hours only to during the week for now. Expect to mostly experience the classic Dune menu, but with a few new additions as well.

Another go

The Pono Burger shutter on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood just keeps getting weirder. The Sunset Strip space quietly flipped to a new restaurant called Lady Coco back in July, but is now apparently becoming a dim bar under the name Blank Check. A soft opening party went down late last week. 8830 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

Burgers at the ready

Burgers Never Say Die’s upcoming Silver Lake location is getting close. Check out the proposed early menus below, with new options for things like fries, shakes, and grilled cheese.

Give it away

All locations of Chronic Tacos are doing a taco giveaway on October 4. Just show up, follow the company on Instagram, get the secret code from their social accounts the day before, and enjoy.

The return of Piero

Saute Magazine has a great spread out on Ron Salisbury (El Cholo, The Cannery) and Piero Selvaggio of the legendary Valentino, the duo that’s teaming up in Orange County to open Louie’s By the Bay sometime later this fall.

Voltaggio talks

Chef Michael Voltaggio got really candid with Forbes when discussing his closed Los Angeles restaurants Ink and Ink.Well. It’s an interesting interview with one of the city’s most talented chefs, and it even hints at where he might be headed next.

Daytime decadence

Alexander’s Steakhouse in Pasadena launched a new lunchtime menu earlier this month. The upscale meat spot’s new Bull and Barrel menu spans the gamut from lobster toast to salads to gyoza, with room for weekend brunch and drinks at the bar to boot. Weekday lunch runs 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. The opening lunch menus are below.