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New York City Deli Icon Katz’s Pops Up in Los Angeles This Weekend

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Plus anniversary parties, chef updates, and Beyond Meat burritos

A large crowd gathers inside the bright Katz’s Deli in New York City.
Inside Katz’s Delicatessen
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.

Deli news

New York City deli institution Katz’s is coming to Los Angeles this weekend. That’s per TimeOut LA, who note that the 131-year-old pastrami mainstay is popping up at the Santa Monica location of Belcampo Meat Company, thanks to Uber Eats. One big note, though: It’s not a full restaurant takeover, complete with the entire Katz’s, menu, but more like a take-home sandwich kit filled with pastrami, rye, deli mustard, and the like. Each box runs $27, and also comes with a Belcampo burger. The pop-up starts Thursday and runs through Sunday.

Chef shuffles

Food & Wine is high on the new menu at Employees Only, the cocktail bar and restaurant in West Hollywood. The chef, Brian Bornemann, has been turning out several surprising new dishes (including a big platter of chicken cooked two ways), but now he’s off to oversee the kitchen at the famed Michael’s restaurant in Santa Monica. Don’t worry, he’ll still be consulting at Employees Only for now.

Get in on the fun

Severance Wine Bar on Melrose is turning one, and to celebrate the team is doing a massive day of free drinks, reduced-price bottles, and more.

Riding the wave

Trejo’s Tacos is jumping on the Beyond Meat bandwagon. The company is adding tacos and burritos with Beyond Meat starting this coming Monday.

Goodbye for now

Busy wine bar Les Marchands will close in Santa Barbara soon. The six-year-old spot owned by Acme Hospitality (The Lark, Lucky Penny, Loquita) is set to turn over into an unnamed new project sometime later this year.

What a team

Smog City Brewing Co. is collaborating with Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken in Santa Monica on Saturday, August 24. The duo is doing a food and drink pairing out on Astro’s patio from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., featuring a saison with a fried chicken tender, an IPA with a slider, and so on The best part is, the beer will be infused right into the fried chicken and doughnuts.

Video highlights

For those who still haven’t been to Colossus Bread down in San Pedro, not to worry; some big influencer fans of the place have put together a spiffy video on what to expect, from the history of the owners to the tiny shop itself. Check it out.