Gone, but not gone
Three-year-old Santa Monica restaurant Bondi Harvest has decided to drop out of Santa Monica. The company’s new Culver City location at the Platform is now considered its flagship LA outlet, with future locations to come in Manhattan Beach, Palm Springs, and beyond. Meanwhile, the Santa Monica address has become Bluey’s Kitchen under longtime operator Sabrina Harper and remaining staff members chef Ismael Martinez and general manager Shirley Arias.
The LA Times has an interesting story out on the Free Cafe in Leimert Park. What owners say is meant to be a free gathering place for the community has become a lightning rod for gentrification issues and about who gets to survive in business when the cost of a cup of coffee is zero.
All aboard the bagel train
Popular bagel setup Pop’s Bagels is heading east for a party at Dayglow Coffee on Sunset in Silver Lake this Friday.
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ATTN: EASTSIDERS!!! THIS FRIDAY, Pop’s is coming to @dayglowcoffee in Silverlake from 8-11a. Delicious coffee and fresh hot bagels (obv not donuts like the pic but I like the photo and it’s a round bread with a hole so chill) #coffeemeetsbagel #bagels #labagels #la #popsbagelsla #pops
Big meals ahead
NY Times critic Tejal Rao has compiled a list of the best dishes of the year around Los Angeles, from corned beef and frites at Birdie G’s to a deluxe plate at Teddy’s Red Tacos.
Spice at night
Chef Lior Lev Sercarz of NYC’s La Boite is popping up at Manuela in the Arts District tomorrow to promote his new spice book. The $100 cost secures a three-course meal, some drinks and light bites, and a signed copy.
Yes, another one
There’s a new Star Wars-themed holiday pop-up bar coming to Los Angeles next week, called Galaxy Bar.
More than just a bottle shop
Hi-Lo Liquor Market is opening tomorrow in Long Beach. The place not only offers takeaway bottles and snacks and such, it also holds an eight-tap beer and wine bar inside called the Counter. Hours for the 2,400 square foot space run daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or later (midnight on Friday and Saturday) at 707 E. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach.