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This Surprising French Newcomer Looks Like Someone’s Cozy Apartment

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Plus more drinks in Echo Park, and non-alcoholic cocktails at Yamashiro

A lineup of homey French dishes arranged on different plates.
L’Appart by Air Food
L’Appart by Air Food

Cozy inside

Don’t be put off by the slightly quirky name L’Appart by Air Food. The funky and inviting French newcomer, now open at 130 E. 6th Street, is an offshoot of the closed Air Food in Santa Monica, and it carries much the same basic French menu as before. Owner Marc Moubarak tells Eater that L’Appart is meant to be an eclectic, relaxing dinner space (service starts at 6 p.m.) that, as the name suggests, feels like dining in someone’s Parisian apartment. The team is cooking dishes like duck confit, croque monsieur, and the like, all wrapped in a small space right next to Cole’s.

A Downtown swing

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is getting rid of its sit-down restaurant experience at the Downtown Los Angeles location. That address will flip to pick up and delivery orders only, while the Santa Monica location becomes the de facto flagship for Southern California, offering patio seating and beer and wine.

Another in the neighborhood

Echo Park’s Bar Avalon is now open for evening service, pouring beer and wine from its new-ish location right on Sunset Boulevard. The grand opening went down last weekend.

Behind the mask

Redbird is running a masquerade party for Halloween. The Downtown restaurant and event space always offers something unique and unexpected, and this year’s party in the rectory — complete with live music, dancing, and lots of theater — is sure to be no different. Tickets are $50.

Talented folks

A bunch of local Los Angeles talent has landed on the annual Art of Plating Rising Talent awards list, including Francis Miranda, co-owner of Nightshade, and Kacie Carter, the chef/owner of Honey Hi in Echo Park.

Listen in

The fine folks at Colossus Bread + Pastry in San Pedro took to the Hello San Pedro podcast to talk about their new-ish South Bay shop, including its opening ups and downs, and what the future holds.

Suddenly sour

Sourtooth is now open in Hollywood. The alcohol-free, vegan-food-only pop-up is run in by Adam Fleischman in a room off the main dining area at Yamashiro.

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