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Salt Bae Has Officially Abandoned Plans to Open in the Arts District

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Plus Salt & Straw opens in Pasadena, and Howlin’ Ray’s closes for the holidays

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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.

Bye, bye Bae

World famous flavor sprinkler Salt Bae is no longer opening a restaurant in the Arts District. That’s per two well-connected real estate sources within the neighborhood, who tell Eater that the viral restaurateur (real name Nusret Gökçe) is still intent on opening in Los Angeles, but that he has shifted focus to the Beverly Hills area instead.

Part time closures

Just a quick heads up that Howlin’ Ray’s has announced their planned closure from November 25 through December 2, as they take some time off to gear up for a big holiday season push.

Salt & Straw arrives

Pasadena’s anticipated Salt & Straw is opening to the world with all its wonderful flavors this Friday. Expect ongoing daily hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 39 W. Colorado Boulevard. Plus, the company is giving away a free pint of their choice to every 100th customer through the door.

Andrew’s Place at Second Home

Co-working space Second Home in Hollywood (1370 N. St. Andrew’s Place) has a new restaurant called Andrew’s Place that will be open to the public as well as members come December 5. Food comes by way of Phuong Tran, who is also behind Croft Alley; expect breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and more daily.

Reading and eating

Lucques is back with another cookbook collaboration dinner this Sunday. This time the chef in question is Elean Reygadas of the famed Mexico City restaurant Rosetta.

At the drive-in

Drive-in movie nights are back at the Roadium Open Air Market in Torrance, including an upcoming $20 screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory on Friday, November 29.

Weekend eats

Eric Bost’s Melrose hit Auburn is starting brunch this weekend, with options for everything from baked pancakes to salads, crudos, and a $24 Sonoma duck egg with sausage and grits. The first day for brunch is Friday, November 22.