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Inside LA’s Decades-Long Fight to Make Street Food Vending Legal

Plus Ari Kolender’s new restaurant, and updates at the Firehouse in Downtown

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Matthew Kang
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.

Learn the history

KCET is out this week with a wonderful history on the years-long push to get street vending legalized in greater Los Angeles. The long, winding tale not only involves the stories of loads of vendors directly, it also tells of the work done by advocacy groups like the East L.A. Community Corporation. Go give it a read.

Oyster news

Chef Ari Kolender is set to head up the food at upcoming East Hollywood spot Found Oyster. The well-known former chef/owner of Hayden in Culver City is onboard with Last Word Hospitality to work up a raw bar, tostadas, ceviches, and more later this year.

And more

Speaking of oysters, the Morro Bay Oyster Company is popping up at Tallula’s in Santa Monica on July 24 with a multi-course seafood bonanza. Tickets are available now, and run $75 a head.

Cypress Park’s changes

A slew of new tenants, including several restaurants, are in the works for a former grocery store site in Cypress Park. As the Eastsider notes, the former Big Saver market off Figueroa won’t be fully renovated until 2020, but things are lining up now for more outdoor seating and a variety of dining options on property.

Beach eats

The Pier House in Venice is almost ready to roll. According to the LA Times, the restaurant should start up service this week.

Bring on the Tila

Jet and Ali Tila are cooking up a storm at the Huntington later this summer. The August 8 event runs $150, and comes with a signed cookbook copy, a live cooking demo, and five different bites from the book itself.

New dishes

Downtown hotel and restaurant the Firehouse has an updated set of menus for the summer. There’s a new happy hour at the bar (complete with $5 beers and burgers, a daytime breakfast burrito up at the cafe, and a dinner menu that includes chicken parm, shrimp cocktail, and more. The new menus are below.