Pasadena’s Dan Modern Chinese is on pace to open two new Westside locations this year, according to Toddrickallen. It’s a rapid expansion for this soup dumpling specialist, and direct competition for dominant uber-chain Din Tai Fung.
The Pasadena-based soup dumpling shop first opened in late 2018 with a minimal menu and wood-paneled dining room. The forthcoming locations are headed to the bustling section of Sawtelle near Mississippi, and another in the South Bay’s Manhattan Village.
In other news:
—Ventura’s City Council unanimously voted to ban restaurants from using styrofoam containers on Monday. KTLA has the full story.
—The Cherng family behind Panda Express received approval from the South Pasadena Planning Commission for a new development called Mission Hill on Mission St. and Fairview Avenue, according to the South Pasadenan. The mixed-use, three-story building will keep apartments and a ground floor retail space.
— Local DJs A-Tron, and DJ Kevvy Kev launched a food truck called Pineapple Express. They first-timers partnered with the Trap Kitchen crew, and it’s all about pineapple-filled bowls with proteins, rice, and sauce. Check their Instagram feed to locate. Last night, the truck parked in front of Crazy Girls Hollywood.
—Echo Park’s Bar Avalon will host a five-course dinner for Australian Fire Relief efforts this Sunday. Chef Tara Pivaroff created the menu, with pairings by Faith & Flower’s wine director Jared Hooper, and all proceeds benefit the Australian Zoo and the County Fire Authority. Tickets are $150, and can be purchased here.
—Why is Massimo Bottura’s Gucci Osteria Instagram so fascinatingly weird?