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Hollywood French Restaurant La Poubelle Asks for Donations to Stay in Business

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Plus, BCD Tofu does a movie night and Playa Provisions gives out meals to restaurant workers

La Poubelle in Franklin Village
La Poubelle in Franklin Village
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Longtime Hollywood restaurant La Poubelle Bistro is on its last legs, asking patrons for donations and any help to keep it in business as it weathers the second restaurant shutdown of the year. Second generation owner Francoise Koster spoke to KTLA, bursting into tears when talking about the plight of her employees. Koster’s mother opened the French restaurant in 1969 and has been a Franklin Village favorite for over 50 years. Notable alumni include Johnny Ray Zone, who was the chef there before opening Howlin’s Ray’s. Koster launched a GoFundMe to raise $200,000 to help save the business and keep La Poubelle open for the future, once on-site dining becomes available again. Funds will go to employees, and other non-deferable expenses like insurance, mortgage, licenses, and loan repayments.

In other news:

  • La Poubelle isn’t the only Hollywood restaurant asking for help from the public. Hollywood’s oldest Italian restaurant Miceli’s is asking for support on GoFundMe. Opened almost 72 years ago in 1949, owner Paige Miceli is looking to raise $75,000 to cover expenses during the latest restaurant shutdown.
  • Restaurant industry folks can go to Playa Provisions on Tuesday, December 22 for free takeout meals until they run out:
  • Dining forum Food Talk Central uncovers a New Zealand restaurant that opened on La Cienega called Ponsonby Road Cafe serving avocado toast, meatpies, and panini.
  • L.A. Taco has a story on a new queer Latinx bar that opened in Boyle Heights called Noa Noa Place. Themed after late musical legend Juan Gabriel, it’s currently only open for takeaway cocktails and food.
  • BCD Tofu on Wilshire is hosting a socially-distanced movie night in its large parking lot this Thursday and Friday, with meals for three or four people, plus entrance to a viewing of Home Alone or Up for $85 per car: