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Sweetgreen Successfully Flipped a Former Fast Food Restaurant in Silver Lake

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Plus new tacos in East Hollywood, and pierogis in Downtown

A lineup of ingredients at Sweetgreen’s Santa Monica Salad Shop.
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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.

Another one

Sweetgreen opened this week in Silver Lake. The healthy salad chain spot took over a former El Pollo Loco right on Sunset Boulevard, and is now keeping lunch through dinner hours until 10 p.m. daily.

Ice cream expansion

CVT Soft Serve now has one of their remote CVTeeny ice cream machines at MacLeod Ale in Van Nuys. That means soft serve beer floats and lots more deliciousness to beat the September heat in the Valley.

New food alert

The fine folks at Square One in East Hollywood have opened up a next-door taco takeaway. The small storefront carries only a handful of tables inside for folks looking to dine in on traditional and modern blue corn tortilla tacos, nachos, and burritos. Expect dinner hours only for now, beginning at 5 p.m.

Pierogi for all

Kismet Falafel is doing a pierogi night at Grand Central Market on Monday. The evening event is a collaboration with Eater Young Gun Kae Whalen and Good Time Charlie’s, and runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Doing more in Culver City

Doomie’s is doing brunch in Culver City on Saturday and Sunday. The easygoing all-vegan menu runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and includes options like faux shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, and meatless biscuits and gravy.

Gin in the SGV

San Gabriel’s EST Steakhouse has a fun gin dinner coming up on Saturday, September 14. The 7 p.m. affair runs $150, and includes five full courses, including king crab, wagyu beef, and roasted duck, with gin pairings with each dish.

Lunchtime elevation

The Formosa Cafe is expanding into lunch hours starting on Monday of next week. Check out the Taiwanese-leaning menu for the throwback bar and restaurant below.