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Ronan Throws a Wood-Fired Pizza Block Party This Weekend to Celebrate One Year

Plus Chinois celebrates an anniversary as well, and LA’s first cannabis restaurant delays opening

Marinara pizza with anchovies on a white plate at Ronan
Ronan’s marinara pizza
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Ronan’s Anniversary Block Party on Melrose

Fairfax restaurant Ronan turns one-year this weekend, and they’re throwing a pizza-fueled block party this Sunday. Owners Caitlin and Daniel Cutler will serve their acclaimed wood-fired pizzas, along with wine, beer, and cocktails to celebrate the milestone. They’ll have far more than just pizza, with face painting, a bounce house, photo booth, and food from Melrose Umbrella Company, BurgerDaddy’s Standing’s Butchery pop-up, and others from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Invitation for Ronan’s anniversary block party
Invitation for Ronan’s anniversary block party
Courtesy of Ronan

Final days for Long Beach’s old-school, red sauce specialist

For 29 years, Long Beach’s Papalucci’s served old-school Italian staples like garlic knots and stromboli on checkered tablecloths. Owner Dan Tarrantine is retiring, so the last day of service is September 30 according to the Long Beach Press Telegram. Tarrantine oversaw the beloved restaurant, which held court on the popular stretch of Belmont Shore.

Delays with LA’s first cannabis restaurant

It’s true, Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe sold out the first 30 days of reservations in three hours. They’ll have to make some adjustments though, as the opening is delayed from September 24 to October 1.

Echo Park’s 31-year-old Rodeo Mexican Grill opens casual, Chipotle-style restaurant

Echo Park’s longstanding Rodeo Mexican Grill launched a casual offshoot right next door called Rodeo Express. For those who like customized meals, it’s a new place to build-your own burrito, bowl, or salad, a la Chipotle, according to The Eastsider.

A night market at the Queen Mary

Permanently moored in the Long Beach, the Queen Mary is a Southern Californian landmark worth visiting. It’s a hotel and museum, but tonight has another excuse to visit the ship. From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., over a dozen food vendors will be on hand at Queen Mary Night Market, with tastings from some of SoCal’s best breweries, including Green Flash Brewery, Alpine Brewing Company, Liberation Brewing Company, and The Dudes’ Brewing Company.

In other restaurant anniversary news

Another SoCal restaurant is celebrating a landmark. Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff opened, Chinois on Main 36 years ago. The the Asian-fusion restaurant is serving this three-course menu at dinnertime Sunday through Thursday, or lunch Wednesday through Friday for $36 during the month of September.

36 years ago today #WolfgangPuck & #BarbaraLazaroff took a risk on a cutting edge concept, #AsianFusion, now we are a...

Posted by Chinois on Main on Tuesday, September 3, 2019