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.
Cocina Mexicana is now open at Universal Studios in Hollywood, serving classic Mexican fare as well as frozen margaritas and more.
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.
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Congratulations are in order for young @andydoubrava. He was named Executive Chef of @rusticcanyon last night, as the OG @chefjeremyfox focuses on the upcoming @birdiegsla. We are so fortunate to have him, for no one is better suited to fill J Foxy’s shoes. The kid is all grows up now. Let’s show him some love guys. The fate of @rusticcanyon is in his hands. No pressure @andydoubrava, no pressure #simplerc
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.
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.
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.