The Tesse team up on Sunset just keeps expanding its offerings, moving from dinner into brunch and even into an attached wine shop. Now they’re pushing slightly down the street to the Fred Segal Cafe space at 8500 Sunset, taking it over with a full-on rebrand. The new name is Tesse Cafe & Bakery, with hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The space has a beer and wine license, and will do lunch during the weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all the office workers nearby.
Konbi’s next dinner night comes on January 31. It’s a collaboration with Meroma out of Mexico City, and runs $95 all-in for five courses plus drinks.
Goodbye for now
Noelle Carter, the longtime recipe writer and test kitchen developer for the LA Times, is moving on after 12 years. The surprising move comes as the company continues to staff up its food department overall, with rumored plans of a spiffy new test kitchen to be finished in the paper’s El Segundo space soon. No word yet on who will replace the popular Carter.
After 12 years @latimes, Friday is my last day. I’m so grateful for all I’ve learned - and been able to share - from renowned and upcoming chefs to acclaimed writers, passionate cooks and coworkers who have become family. I wish @latimesfood & our amazing readers all the best.— noelle carter (@noellecarter) January 16, 2019
The Toast of Orange County
Toast Kitchen + Bakery is opening a new location in Costa Mesa this month, and to celebrate they’re giving 20% of proceeds to various causes between January 22 and 26. Stop in for a bite and to do some good. 1767 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa.
Speaking of percentages, HomeState is giving 25% off to LAUSD teachers and parents during the strike. Just show up to dine in and pull out an appropriate teacher or student ID card to get involved.
Ramen on the block
Luke Reyes is still keen to open 9th Street Ramen in Downtown, though by the looks of things there’s a whole lot more work to be done inside the former Chu’s Kitchen space.