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Loteria Grill Closes Last Remaining Standalone Location in Hollywood

Plus brunch at Michael’s, and a cookout at Inko Nito

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Tacos from Loteria Grill
Matthew Kang

One less Loteria

Loteria Grill will close its Hollywood location this Sunday, which drops chef Jimmy Shaw’s remaining restaurants to two. At one time there were Loterias everywhere from LAX to the original Farmers Market to Hollywood and beyond, but now only the airport and Forum locations remain. That won’t be true forever, though; Shaw tells the LA Times that he’ll be converting some space in the front of his commissary kitchen at Pico and Crenshaw to become a mostly takeaway taco spot, while the company’s still-busy catering arm cooks away in the back.

New food

Cocina Mexicana is now open at Universal Studios in Hollywood, serving classic Mexican fare as well as frozen margaritas and more.

Good news

As chef Jeremy Fox gears up for the upcoming opening of Birdie G’s in Santa Monica, he is handing the reigns at Rustic Canyon over to Andy Doubrava, who is now officially in as executive chef.

Lawn wine

The Langham in Pasadena is doing a series of wine tastings in its garden this summer, starting in June and running through October. Rodney Strong is the first winery up next month, with glasses starting at $12 each, and flights at $15.

Weekend meats

Inko Nito is going big for Memorial Day weekend, launching a three-day patio barbecue party in the Arts District. Starting on Saturday and running through Monday, the weekend affair features American and Japanese grilled meats as a $45 platter that’s big enough for at least two people to share.

More brunch

Michael’s in Santa Monica is launching brunch. The opening menu, seen below, starts up on Saturday, June 1, and includes everything from a simple breakfast sandwich to oysters, avocado toast, and a burger.

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