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Changing East Hollywood Adds Tiny New Wine and Oyster Bar Soon

Plus Pearl District opens today, and a brand new barbecue festival

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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.

Oysters on the block

The folks from Last Word Hospitality (Same Same, Brack Shop Tavern, etc.) are setting their sights on East Hollywood now, with plans to debut a new oyster and wine bar right on Fountain Avenue. It’s to be called Found Oyster, and if all goes well the opening could happen by June of this year. Found Oyster will offer oysters from both coasts (including general manager Joe Laraja’s own family oyster farm in Massachusetts) as well as snackier seafood dishes like lobster rolls and a full raw bar. Last Word’s Adam Weissblatt and Holly Fox will handle the beer and wine list. The 777-square-foot opening at 4880 Fountain Avenue puts Found Oyster almost directly next to the busy Square One cafe and across the street from the soon-to-open Five Leaves.

District displays

Pearl District Sherman Oaks opens today, keeping dinner hours only (post-5p.m.) to start. The Westlake Village export jumps into the former SOCA restaurant space at 14015 Ventura Blvd.

Stayin’ alive

Los Angeles cocktail phenom La Descarga turns nine today. To celebrate, the Western Avenue hotspot will host an open bar for two hours and run a live burlesque show alongside free tacos.

The party people

Xelas in Boyle Heights gets some new love from the folks at LA Magazine. From the cumbia blasting to the craft beer within easy reach, this is place for folks looking to have a good time.

Meat and alcohol

A brand new barbecue and beer party is coming to Los Angeles at the end of the month. It’s called, appropriately, the Los Angeles Beer and World BBQ Festival, and it lands on Saturday, February 23 at the Mandarin Plaza courtyard in Chinatown. Attendees include Texas-style options like Ray’s BBQ and Bartz BBQ, along with global options like Mini Kabob (Armenian), Eight Korean BBQ, and Hop Woo. General admission for the event runs $38 and includes one drink ticket and stops at three different food stalls.

Tom talk

West Hollywood bar Tom Tom is apparently all the rage these days. The Vanderpump project has, according to Bravo at least, been named one of the best bars in California by Los Angeles Travel Magazine. Gracias Madre nearby also earned a shout-out for its vegetarian cuisine.

The decade party

Yxta Cocina is turning ten in Downtown, and to celebrate the Mexican restaurant is going big with a party on February 26. The Arts District-ish eatery will offer a day of 50% off food for both lunch and dinner, and will have drink deals, late night tacos, and a DJ and dancing from 9 p.m. until last call.