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Get a Stab Caesar Salad at This ‘Mean Girls’ Pop-Up in Santa Monica

Plus, tales from local Popeyes during the chicken sandwich craze, and an Italian-Jewish dinner at Rossoblu

Footage from the movie “Mean Girls”
“Mean Girls”
Paramount Pictures
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.

Fetch will actually happen this November

Fetch is LA’s latest pop culture restaurant, and any loyal fan will immediately recognize the term from the movie “Mean Girls.” The pop-up runs from November 8 to 24 at the former Joan’s On Third in Santa Monica. It’s unclear whether burn books and plastic tiaras will be present, but the menu will include a Just Stab Caesar Salad with pink dressing, Whatever Cheese Fries with pink cheese sauce, pink coleslaw, and a Coach’s Hot Dog with pink coleslaw. In case there’s any doubt, pink is a common theme while “Mean Girls” celebrates the 15-year anniversary of its release. Tickets go on sale October 3.

New street vendor restrictions in West Hollywood

Earlier this week, West Hollywood’s City Council approved new restrictions on where street vendors can operate. In June, the council passed a temporary ordinance in time for Pride, but the move was necessary to bring the city in compliance with the California’s Safe Sidewalk Vending Act, or Senate Bill 946. The law requires California cities to develop rules when interacting with street vendors. WEHOville reports the new restrictions ban any street vendors from operating between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., and on Sundays from noon until 2 a.m. on Santa Monica Boulevard between Robertson and Palm, as well as Robertson and San Vicente Boulevard.

Get caffeinated for $1

Newport Beach’s Common Room Roasters celebrates its Melbourne roots by offering flat whites for only $1. Seems like a good excuse to try espresso with micro-foam while this promotion runs all-day on Sunday.

Last call at Long Beach’s Francelli’s

The Long Beach Post sadly reported that 50-year-old Francelli’s is no longer in business. The Belmont Heights shutter is part of an unfortunate trend in Long Beach, where longstanding Italian restaurants are closing, including Papalucci’s and Russo’s.

A look inside Popeyes while Angelenos went chicken sandwich crazy

Los Angeleno took a deep dive into Popeyes’s LA locations during the chain’s chicken sandwich craze. The story tracked how each store handled lines around the block, employees who quit because of the pressure, and how cooks and dishwashers picked up the slack with double-shifts and overtime.

Popeyes’ new chicken sandwich.
Popeyes chicken sandwich

Rossoblu’s Italian-Jewish roots

With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur fast approaching, Rossoblu chef and co-owner Steve Samson created a Jewish-Italian menu starting September 29. Dishes include a smoked duck with chestnuts, a goose salami, pear mostarda, buckwheat spaghetti, and a beef brisket stracotto, among others. The menu is available a la carte.

Dishes from Rossoblu restaurant’s Rosh Hashana menu
Rossoblu’s cucina ebraica menu