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Arts District’s Big New Mexican Rooftop Restaurant Looks to Open Within Two Months

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Plus Jerry’s Deli closes in Encino and Tam O’Shanter has a new brunch menu

Rendering of Terraza Cha Cha Cha in LA’s Arts District
Rendering of Terraza Cha Cha Cha in LA’s Arts District
Terraza Cha Cha Cha

One of the most anticipated restaurants of the year is Terraza Cha Cha Cha, an expansive rooftop spot coming to the Arts District. The Mexico City restaurant had planned to open earlier this year, but construction got pushed back due to the pandemic. Now, it hopes to debut before the end of the year. Much of the larger construction has been completed and the space is gearing up for its final touches in the interior and exterior.

In fact, much of the restaurant is outside, allowing it to accommodate up to 160 diners even with a reduced capacity and socially distanced tables. At full capacity, the place can seat more than 300, making it one of the largest new restaurants to come to the Arts District. The restaurant features lush greenery that should help shield diners from the sun, while affording a fairly good view of Downtown’s buildings from its second story perch. Alejandro Guzman, formerly of Le Comptoir and Fabby’s, will be the executive chef overseeing a menu inspired by the CDMX original, though with adaptations for the LA dining scene.

In other news:

  • Raphael Lunetta will be doing a Puerto Nuevo-inspired menu at Lunetta in Santa Monica next week with wood-grilled wild shrimp and carne asada. The full menu costs $63 per person and will be available for on-site dining.
  • Jerry’s Deli in Encino has closed after 30 years of business, reports local newsletter Encino Enterprise. No reason was given for the closure except that it may have stemmed from a partner dispute. The last day of business was September 30.
  • Tam O’Shanter has a new brunch menu with Yorkshire pudding eggs benedict, steak and eggs, and a brunch burger. It’s available on weekends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with the rest of the Atwater Village’s menu of prime rib and other British classics.
  • A look at some of the best kimchi spots in Los Angeles as part of a delicious package of Korea’s national food.
  • Out of the 28,000 layoffs at Disney resorts, 3,500 were hotel and restaurant workers at the Disneyland Resort, reports the Daily News.
  • Gustavo Arellano at the LA Times has an obituary on Samuel Magaña, founder of one of the largest tortilla producers in Southern California. The mogul founded Diana’s Mexican Food products, which became a $35 million empire of five restaurants, two tortilla plants, a tamale factory, and bakery. Their corn and flour tortillas can be found in markets across the region.

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