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Orange County's Newest Cocktail Bar Is a Semi-Hidden Tiki Oasis

Plus new coffee shops and Silver Lake pop-ups

The scene at Stowaway
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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.

New drinks

The Orange County city of Tustin has a new tiki spot to know about. It’s called Stowaway, and has officially taken the place of the former Hatch inside Union Market at the District full time. Hatch has always had something of a tiki bent, but was also focused on a variety of casual favorites from fried chicken to loco moco; now the place is doubling down on rum drinks, decor changes, and vaguely Polynesian fare. The flip occurred late last month, says OC Weekly, with the tiki bar and restaurant now up and running daily until 9 p.m. or later.

By the water

Speaking of Orange County, check out this feature from the OC Register on Piero Selvaggio (Valentino) and Ron Salisbury (El Cholo) and their new multi-million-dollar place Louie’s by the Bay in Newport Beach.

Coming along

Over in Whittier progress is continuing along for the multi-use restaurant, brewery, and potential food hall space right in the heart of town. The tanks are starting to come in at Whittier Brewing Company now, so hopefully things are moving along.

New arrival

There’s a small new coffee shop in Echo Park to know about. It’s called Mugshot Coffee, and it lands with a small pastry counter and outdoor patio at 1728 Glendale Boulevard. Hours run from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

Happy birthday

Boomtown Brewery is turning four years young this weekend, and to celebrate the Downtown brewery at 700 Jackson Street is partying with plenty of food trucks, rare beers, live music, and more. Better still, the event is free to attend.

Coming to the Trois family

Former Sqirl and brief Draycott chef Javier Ramos is popping up at Trois Familia Tuesday and Wednesday nights through March, with a rotating menu each week, says LA Times.

Wine alert

Tonight is the first night for Natural Wine Wednesdays at the Exchange in Downtown. The evening should be filled with wines by the glass from small producers, flights of natural wine, and lots of conversation with list-curating restaurant manager Dan Daley.