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The First-Ever 800 Degrees in Westwood Surprise Reopens Next Month

Plus a troubling note on a former NoMad chef, and free dumplings on Melrose

800 Woodfired Kitchen
800 Degrees Wood-Fired Kitchen
800 Woodfired Kitchen
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.

The first returns

Well here’s an interesting twist: 800 Degrees is coming back to Westwood. The popular flash-fire pizza chain closed its original location last fall, but now franchisee Lenny Rosenberg (who also owns Marmalade Cafe in Santa Monica) is reopening the address on April 3. The returning 800 Degrees will carry the updated Wood-Fired Kitchen moniker now that the company is branching beyond pizzas, and is planning a 10% off all-day promotion on opening day to celebrate.

Troubling details

Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s upcoming memoir Notes From a Young Black Chef is raising eyebrows for a passage that pertains to then-Eleven Madison Park chef Chris Flint. In the book, Onwuachi alleges racism in the kitchen from Flint and others, and says that Flint once dismissed a concern of his regarding language used by servers on the floor, saying simply that “No black people eat here anyway.” Flint was most recently the opening chef for the NoMad in Los Angeles, but has recently departed; he denies the allegations and calls them “devastating.”

In the building

Ray Garcia from Broken Spanish is popping up at Atrium in Los Feliz on Monday. Expect the usual Atrium menu as well as a few different dishes from Garcia, including a short rib tostada and agave-brined fried chicken.

Tiki time

There’s a cool new tiki party happening at Severance on Melrose tomorrow, complete with a roast pig cooked over the restaurant’s wood-fired grill. Tickets are $75 a pop.

More eating

Otium is expanding its hours to now include Monday nights. The Downtown restaurant from chef Timothy Hollingsworth is keeping dinner hours only starting on April 15.

One year in

Stuff’d Dumpling Shop on Melrose is one year young, and to celebrate the restaurant is doing a dumpling giveaway tomorrow for lunch.