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A New Restaurant in Virgil Village Just Closed Its Doors After Only One Month

Plus Howlin’ Ray’s line analysis, and a post-New Years celebration brunch

A dinnertime restaurant with mood lighting highlights a mural of a crying woman.
Tanka Silver Lake
Farley Elliott
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.

Already gone

Silver Lake restaurant Tanka has closed, despite only opening in the latter half of last month. On Instagram the restaurant blamed the shutdown on a small fire, but are offering no timetable for a return. Workers have begun looking for new jobs, and a rep for the restaurant says that backers for the place have pulled out, at least “until they come to a solution” on what to do next.

Not so far gone

Irenia is coming back in the new year. The Orange County former Filipino restaurant is returning to its supper club roots, with a first dinner planned for January 11.

Joe on the move

Speaking of Orange County, chef Joe Sasto is popping up at Playground in Santa Ana with several nights of dinners this coming February.

Another one down

Santa Monica’s M Street Kitchen has closed, reports Food GPS on Twitter.

Get back at it

Need a post-drinking brunch on New Years Day? Severance on Melrose is throwing open its doors from noon to 8 p.m. doing everything from breakfast poutine to bottomless rose or bubbly for $40.

Know when to go

Check out this awesome Reddit thread from a user who analyzed Howlin’ Ray’s Twitter feed to find the best times to go — that is to say, when the lines are shortest. It’s a trip.