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Krimsey’s Vegan Cajun Joint Expands to Silver Lake Strip Mall

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Plus, Bricia Lopez and mezcal, a mole roundup, and a Hermosa Beach closure

A po’ boy sandwich from Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen
Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen
Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen website
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.

Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen first opened in 2017, with a completely vegan Cajun menu that includes hushpuppies, gumbo, jambalaya, and etoufée without a single drop of animal products. Owner and former petroleum engineer Krimsey Ramsey will expand to Silver Lake in a former Subway shop, according to Eastsider. Krimsey’s will land in a unique section of Silver Lake, where few sit down restaurants exist on a very busy strip of Glendale Boulevard near Fletcher Drive. The opening timeline is unknown, but the timing is perfect to pick-up a vegan Mardi Gras king cake from her North Hollywood location.

In other news:

—Mega conglomerate Yum Brands bought Habit Burger for $375 million this week. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara in 1959, which brings the company’s 300 worldwide locations into the corporate fold that operates Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC.

—There’s a flattering profile of Guelaguetza’s Bricia Lopez on, which outlines her influence on LA’s mezcal culture. Ten years ago, long before mezcal was a bar staple, Lopez convinced her father to open a mezcal bar within the family-run Koreatown restaurant.

—Patricia Escárcega dug into mole in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times reviewer interviewed a number of SoCal specialists, with a story that’s truly educational.

Todo Verde’s Jocelyn Ramirez just finished her first cookbook called “La Vida Verde: Plant-Based Mexican Cooking with Authentic Flavor.” The release date is April 14.

—After ten years, Hermosa Beach’s Abigaile Restaurant and Brewery will cease operations on January 19. Blackhouse Hospitality Owners Jed Sanford & Chef Tin Vuong — who also own Little Sister, Dia de Campo, Steak & Whisky, and Wildcraft — shared the news via Facebook yesterday:

Dear Guests, Like many special things, Abigaile was born out of the intersection of two people and a shared passion for...

Posted by Abigaile Restaurant and Brewery on Thursday, January 9, 2020