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Coachella Valley Wants to Become a Cannabis Epicenter With Two New Hotels

Plus Maple is out at Descanso Gardens and Twitter backs up Chrissy Teigen

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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

The cannabis epicenter

As cannabis enthusiasts and entrepreneurs embrace California’s “green rush,” the hospitality industry is now shifting towards hotels. According to The Hollywood Reporter, two cannabis hotels are coming to the Coachella Valley. Desert Hot Springs’ Coachill Inn Resort and amphitheater will open late 2020, while a Palm Springs luxury boutique project called The Grape House plans to open in 2021.

The Grape House will begin with a restaurant, dispensary-shop, and smoking lounge. The adjoining boutique hotel should be completed in 2023 or early 2024. Coachill Inn Resort is part of the unfinished unfinished 160-acre Coachillin Canna-Business Park in Desert Hot Spring. The developers hope to complete the 154-room hotel, spa, restaurant, fitness center, and 2,000-seat amphitheater by New Year’s Eve in 2020.

In other news

—Change comes to La Cañada Flintridge’s Descanso Gardens, as the three-year-old Maple — owned by Patina Group — will depart the botanical retreat on November 16, and Pasadena catering company The Kitchen For Exploring Foods will take its place. The new dining options will be available in early 2020.

—Twitter says, don’t mess with Chrissy Teigen. Los Angeles Magazine noted the Los Angeles Times critique of her recently penned “Chrissy’s Guide to L.A. Restaurants.” More specifically, how supporters came to the celebrity’s defense on Twitter.

—Father’s Office’s famous burger still has it, according to Bon Appétit. In the midst of smash burger madness, the author outlines an argument of why LA’s first “gourmet burger” deserves some respect.

—Santa Monica’s American Film Market is back. As television and films are sold to international markets, Variety mapped where to eat and drink throughout the week.

—AR Cucina in Culver City has new management as former operator Akasha Richmond and Alan Shulman have handed off the Italian restaurant to chef Gabriella Torelli and her son Andrea Francesco Torelli-Leskey.

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