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A Well-Placed Irish Sports Bar Looks to Clean Up on the Sunset Strip

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Plus upscale Korean food news, and changes at Le Grand in Downtown

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.

A rockin’ good time

The Sunset Strip location of Rock & Reilly’s has returned. The Irish-leaning sports bar and pub closed unceremoniously a while back, but now new ownership is in to once again oversee the games, pints, and TV screens. The restaurant reopened last weekend, and is now doing weekday happy hours (50% off the entire menu from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and game day deals, including a complimentary order of chicken wings with any order of a 60-ounce pitcher of beer.

Music to no one’s ears

Here’s a hard one to read: It seems that some 7-11 franchise locations around Southern California may be using classical music to “chase away homeless people.” That’s per LA Times, who say that blasting the music both day and night is just one of many ways for business owners to force the unhoused and those lingering around the storefront to move on.

Check it out

A cool new Korean casual restaurant is coming to the Westfield Century City. Bibigo Kitchen will offer a slightly more upscaled dine-in option for folks already familiar with the Bibigo name, complete with beer and wine. Expect bulgogi, bibimbap, and more when the restaurant opens in October down on one of the lower levels, right next to La Colombe.

A rendering of a kitchen space inside of a mall, wrapped in wood. Bibigo Kitchen

Sky-high party

It’s a blowout party at WP24 in Downtown on Friday, all in celebration of the restaurant’s first-ever mid-autumn festival. Expect stations with bites from fellow Puck restaurants like Cut, Spago, and the Hotel Bel-Air, with tickets starting at $69.

Turning it down

Le Grand in Downtown is no longer offering lunch service. The European newcomer will instead start happy hour at 4 p.m. on weekdays (until 7 p.m.) and run dinner hours until midnight daily, alongside Sunday brunch on weekends with live music.

The return of El Prado

Los Angeleno takes a look at Nick Fisher, the new owner of longtime Echo Park bar El Prado. The colorful, mosaic tile-wrapped property is something between a neighborhood hangout and art installation now, and that’s perfectly fine with Fisher.

Sports and food

Speaking of sports bars, the Goal sports cafe at 8334 W. 3rd St. has a whole new menu for football season, including breakfast options on the weekends like burritos and bagel sandwiches. Check out the on-theme dining options below.