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LA Video Store Icon Vidiots Returns With New Food-Ready Screening Theater

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Plus the opening of Urth Caffe in Hawthorne, and lots and lots of parm

A Google Street View of an old theater being used from the exterior as a church.
The future home of Vidiots in Eagle Rock
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Long live Vidiots

Iconic Los Angeles video store Vidiots is set for a big comeback in Eagle Rock. That’s per Deadline, which announced the opening of a Vidiots retail store, screening room, and bar/restaurant area right on Eagle Rock Boulevard at its junction with Yosemite Drive. The rental store has long been seen as a cultural icon for the entertainment industry of LA, and partnered with the Alamo Drafthouse on a video tape rental program while searching for a new permanent home. Now ownership has found it in the form of an unused old theater space that was most recently aligned with a church, and Deadline says there are plans to open in 2020 with food and drink partnerships from local restaurants.

Ready to open

Urth Caffe’s new Hawthorne commissary kitchen and cafe is opening on October 27. The popular cafe already has locations across the city, from Pasadena to West Hollywood to the Arts District, but this new location at 4940 W. 147th Street will boast the largest patio in the portfolio, and will act as a headquarters for the company.

No harm in the parm

The Parm Boyz are back at Ronan this month. The Italian-American pop up from Otium’s Chris Amirault runs $30 a head and includes a variety of delicious staples, including lots and lots of chicken (and eggplant) parm, pasta, and cocktails. It’s going down this Sunday night.

Noodle mood

Speaking of pasta, Marina del Rey’s new Terzo MdR is running a one-day noodle promotion on Thursday, October 17, where all pasta dishes will be half-off for the entire day.

Party in the street

Eastside Italian Deli is turning 90 years young this year, and to celebrate the Echo Park/Chinatown-adjacent neighborhood spot is hosting a full-on block party. The shindig goes down from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and yes there will be plenty of food.

Barbecue priorities

The LA Times has a fun new story out on III Mas (pronounced “three mas”), the Armenian-by-way-of-Texas barbecue pop up running out in the Valley. Expect things like basturma brisket, served secretly inside of a suburban mansion.

Getting ready

Black Cat BBQ is trying to raise funds for a brick and mortar restaurant in Hollywood. In a Kickstarter posted last month, owner Phil Martin says that he’s trying to jump from the Beverly Hills farmers market (where he has served since 2017) to a new fast-casual location in the heart of Hollywood. Martin is looking to secure $20,000 in funding to make the dream come true.

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