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NSYNC’s Lance Bass Wants to Take His West Hollywood LGBTQ Sports Bar Global

Plus Chinatown happy hours, and the final LA Food Fest

Rocco’s Tavern
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.

Rocco’s worldwide

NSYNC’s Lance Bass is a partner in the recently-opened Rocco’s sports bar and restaurant in West Hollywood, and so far he’s been loving the adventure. According to Forbes, Bass has been intimately involved with bringing this big $4 million project to the heart of LA’s LGBTQ district, and he hopes to replicate the bar and restaurant in “every LGBTQ+ community around the world.”

Chicken decisions

TimeOut LA has a line on where to find all the best Nashville-style hot chicken in Southern California these days. The options are endless at the moment, but not all these street food pop-ups and strip mall spots are up to snuff.

Early evening party

There’s a new happy hour in town thanks to the fine folks at Lasa in Chinatown. The Filipino restaurant is doing Wednesday through Friday deals from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house fried rice for $7, pork belly sisig sandwiches for $11, and beers starting at $5.

Love for Ceviche Project

As one of his last acts as food editor for LA Magazine, the departing Garrett Snyder managed to sneak in a shining review of Ceviche Project in Silver Lake. The sliver of a seafood space earns high marks for its “pristine raw bar” and its many “oceanic prizes,” among them sweet snow crab claws with a mole-ish dipping sauce.

The last one

It’s the final year for LA Food Fest in Arcadia. The longstanding outdoor event has been going for ten strong years, but will wrap up after one final day on June 29. The full lineup of vendors has not yet been revealed, but expect lots of big names from across Southern California and beyond. Tickets are on sale now.

Down in Newport

Newport Beach’s next casual dining destination is here. Flower Child opens today at 1302 Bison Avenue with a variety of vegetarian/vegan/keto options for all, meaning there’s room on the menu for everything from steaks and shrimp to gluten-free desserts. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and the first 250 people through the door today will get a free drink and a $10 gift card, with a portion of the day’s proceeds going to the Autism Community in Action.

Flower Child
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