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Wolfgang Puck’s L.A. Live Restaurant to Close For Nipsey Hussle Funeral Services

Plus a new chef in Santa Monica, and free tacos this weekend

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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.

Out of respect

Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill restaurant at L.A. Live will remain closed for lunch service during rapper and South LA native Nipsey Hussle’s public memorial today at Staples Center. The decision to close is done out of respect for Hussle, who was reportedly a fan of the place, says The Blast. Others, meanwhile, are staffing up in anticipation of large crowds.

New name

There’s a new chef running things at Margo’s in Santa Monica. Ludben Argueta, formerly of Ashland Hill and elsewhere, is now on to work a more seafood-focused menu, including staples like grilled octopus and fish tacos, in addition to the usual fare.

Branching out

MidEast Tacos is moving to a new setup in West Hollywood just off Fairfax, and to help launch the party there’s going to be a free taco giveaway this Friday. The plan is to run outside of Coffee Coffee on Fairfax every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night starting at 7:30 p.m., and to continue doing Smorgasburg on Sundays as well.

Sunday supper

Little Prince in Santa Monica is adding to its repertoire with a new Sunday pizza series. The once-a-week party starts this weekend, and includes a variety of rotating pies and sides starting at 5:30 p.m.

Gone for good

The Whittier location of Stuft Pizza has closed, ending a four-decade run along Whittier Boulevard. The local micro-chain still has outlets in Palos Verdes and in and around Orange County, with a few more up north.

New location

The Calabama weekend breakfast pop-up has changed locations, moving off of Fairfax and landing on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, right at Dayglow Coffee. Expect a mid-morning start, with breakfast sandwiches through to the early afternoon.

Smash and grab

San Francisco’s Wes Burger is popping up at Friends & Family in Thai Town this weekend, doing smash burgers, tater tots, and more as part of the ongoing Fava chef collaboration series across the city. Hours run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.