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Pie Priestess Nicole Rucker Makes Her Grand Central Market Pop-Up Permanent

Plus, vegan dim in Long Beach, an addition to the Robertson Lane project, and a BOLO pop-up this weekend

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Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles
Grand Central Market
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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.

In December, Nicole Rucker setup a pie-filled pop-up called Fat & Flour in Grand Central Market. Fat & Flour is no longer temporary, as Rucker announced it will become a permanent part of the Downtown bazaar this year. Rucker took to Instagram to share how she was asked to join Grand Central Market a year ago, a while still rooted at the now shuttered Fiona. Rucker signed a lease this week and will start building her ideal kitchen, but until then is stationed at the former security stand Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

In other news:

Lucifer’s Pizza opens today in Studio City. Since 2008, owner Adam Borich established his pizza spots all over the Southland, first in Los Feliz, along with one one in West Hollywood, and another Sunset in Hollywood.

Lucifer’s Pizza in Studio City
Lucifer’s Pizza
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—Over on, The Runaways super hero cast shared their favorite Los Angeles spots. Actors Angel Parker and Ryan Sands favor Simply Wholesome, while cast mate Virginia Gardner is a fan of Jones Hollywood, Mama Shelter, Izaka-Ya on Third Street in WeHo.

—The Long Beach Post reports that vegan dim sum is headed to the Hangar at Long Beach Exchange called Morning Nights. The owners of the Kroft — also located at the Hangar — expect a May or June opening.

—The Robertson Lane development is well underway in West Hollywood. But the developer asked the West Hollywood Planning Commission’s Design Review Subcommittee to add an eye-catching feature to the planned hotel complex and nightclub, called The Birdcage. This new structure would add a 14,302 square foot food hall with a second floor terrace. Click on over to Urbanize LA for a glimpse.

—Smorgasburg’s longstanding Hong Kong sandwich maker BOLO will pop-up in Echo Park this weekend at Hey Hey. They’ll sell the signature fried chicken sandwiches with Hong Kong toasted buttered buns, garlic fries, and milk tea from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. tonight and Saturday until sold out. Details on Eventbrite.

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