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Long Beach’s Best Coffee Shop Expands With Big New Bistro Plans Downtown

Plus Porridge + Puffs for Lunar New Year, and new tenants at Grand Central Market

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The original Rose Park Roasters
Farley Elliott

Another story to tell

Long Beach staple Rose Park Roasters has seriously grown its business model, opening up a second coffee shop location in downtown Long Beach that doubles as a California bistro. The news comes by way of the Long Beach Post, which notes the new cafe’s minimalist design draw and menu of avocado chicken salads, roasted prime rib sandwiches, and miso-lemon ginger salads. It’s a casual affair, to be sure, but Rose Park co-owner Nathan Tourtellotte says the simplicity is an important part of the place, adding: “I want people to feel proud that this is in their neighborhood.”

The growth

Orleans and York is on the expansion path once again, reports LA Times. The longstanding po’boy shop mostly has locations centered around South LA and Downtown, but now they’re jumping into chicken fillet sandwiches in Hawthorne.

New Year party

Historic Filipinotown hit Porridge + Puffs is doing big things for the Lunar New Year. Starting on February 14 the restaurant will offer three nights of pork-focused, multi-course ticketed dinners for those interested in the party.

Ramen arrival

Ramen Tatsunoya is hiring up in Silver Lake now that the kitchen is in full swing. The Sunset Boulevard shop sits next to Blue Star Donuts on the busy strip, between Trois Familia and Night + Market Sahm further down.

Off the grid

Restaurant reservation app Resy is launching its own Off Menu Week on February 25, starting with some of LA’s best restaurants. Rustic Canyon, Botanica, Dama, Kismet, Lasa, Freedman’s, Ronan, and others will be participating in the event, which will offer diners a chance to try dishes not on the regular menu or, in the case of Maude in Hollywood, to try the same dish a few different ways, and paired with different wines.

Pop-up time

An upscale Myanmar-focused pop-up called Rau Ram is coming to Los Angeles hotel The Standard in Hollywood next Wednesday. The night is part of Frieze LA and runs $100 across eight courses, with two seatings that night.

Another name

There’s a new vendor coming soon to Grand Central Market in Downtown, though this one has a familiar owner. La Fruteria lands by way of Fernando Villagomez who also operates Villa Moreliana and La Tostaderia. The small new stand sits next to Clark Street Bread, and serves aguas frescas, bionicos, and other Mexican fruit-based street food snacks. Expect an opening by the end of the month.

la fruteria
The under-construction stall
Farley Elliott

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