After earning accolades last year for her emotional masterpiece The Farewell, director Lulu Wang asked Twitter in early February what it would be like for her to do a Q&A while bartending somewhere in LA. The response was strong, and last night Wang made drinks behind the bar at Auburn for more than five hours last night, answering questions and serving cocktails without a break, according to Jen Yamato.
The bar at Auburn, normally a pretty relaxed scene at the fine dining restaurant, exploded with a line out the door. Wang served a mix of non-alcoholic and spirit-forward drinks from Auburn’s bar menu, including a Green Banana made with armagnac, mezcal, liqueur, and eucalyptus amaro. The best part of the announcement before Wang went behind the bar, “No questions about my grandma - my tears will ruin your drink.”
Question for you guys... if I were to bartend for one night in LA and do a live Q&A (one question per drink order)... would people show up? (Please don’t tell my publicist...)— Lulu Wang (@thumbelulu) February 5, 2020
In other news:
—That old school Italian restaurant in Eagle Rock, Capri, which underwent a Kitchen Nightmares episode with Gordon Ramsay, will have new owners from the team behind Hermosillo and Hi-Hat in Highland Park, according to Eastsider.
—A car crashed into Pita Kitchen in Tarzana, sending one person to the hospital with minor injuries. [KTLA]
—LAX has a new ghost kitchen called Breeze where travelers can place orders and pick up food at one of the vendors inside Terminals 2 and 6. Orders can be placed up to 24 hours in advance or once they’re in the terminal for pickup. According to the Points Guy, this means airports can more quickly service travelers with ready-to-eat meals and allow budding entrepreneurs to reach a bigger audience.
—Suzanne Goin’s the Larder space will close at the chef’s Brentwood property and become renovated into a private dining space. The last day for the daytime eatery was yesterday.
—Hill Grill went down in a fire yesterday in Downtown. The tiny standalone building used to be a Mexican restaurant called El Comedor.