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Sweet Specialist Valerie Confections Abandons Plans to Open in the Valley

Plus Ria Barbosa moves on, and Chicas Tacos hires up

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Valerie Confections
Valerie Confections
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.

A change in plans

Valerie Confections has decided against opening at the Valley Country Mart in Woodland Hills. The decision to leave the development behind comes more than a year after first being announced, with owner Valerie Gordon telling Eater that “ultimately we realized that we were all happier with two locations.” Instead, they’ll continue to focus on product partnerships, events, and non-profit work, Gordon adds.

Name change, and more

Apparently not only has the (now renamed) Lowell Cafe changed its name to the Original Cannabis Cafe, they’ve also formally cut ties with Lowell Herb Co. completely. Per LA Magazine, Lowell will focus on opening up a future consumption lounge out in Las Vegas.

Burger night

Chris Kronner is popping up at Kensho Hollywood tonight, slinging burgers on the front patio starting at 5 p.m.

Time for new scenery

Chef Ria Barbosa is moving on from Paramount Coffee Project after two years. The announcement comes via the chef’s Instagram page, though it’s not clear what’s next for her.

Join the crew

Feel like slinging tacos for a living? Chicas Tacos is currently hiring up in Culver City.

By any other name

Speaking Culver City, the downtown Tokyo Guild has quietly closed. In its place is a new fusion restaurant called Dobowa.

Perfect for daytime

Downtown’s Spread Mediterranean Kitchen has added a compact second location at the Gas Company Tower at 555 W. 5th Street. The daytime takeaway is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday only, doing sandwiches, breakfast items, salads, and coffee from Madlab.

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Spread Kitchen