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America’s Biggest Burger Name Plans Two Days of Pop-Ups in Downtown LA

Also: two more closures, an expansion, and a new way to coffee shop co-work

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A crowd gathers and waits to order food at Smorgasburg in Downtown Los Angeles.
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Burger legend George Motz is back in Los Angeles, turning out a duo of burger events around the city. The first goes down on Saturday night at Boomtown Brewery, starting at noon, while the second pop-up happens at Smorgasburg on Sunday alongside Love Hour. In the past, Motz burgers have commanded quite a line, which should come as no surprise given Motz’s unrivaled burger pedigree as an author, historian, chef, and television personality. As for the meal itself, expect lots of fried onions and smashed patties.

The Morrison sports bar and restaurant in Atwater Village is expanding to a new location in Burbank this March.

— Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken have quietly closed their Long Beach restaurants after four months.

Market Provisions on Beverly has closed; owner Claudio Blotta tells Eater that the restaurant has lost its lease.

— Checker Hall in Highland Park is now doing coffee and co-working hours under the new program called Office Hours, which takes existing spaces and turns them in to places to congregate, caffeinate, and work.

— Resy’s restaurant blog takes a look at the pace of service and the sense of place behind Dialogue, Santa Monica’s semi-hidden tasting menu restaurant from chef Dave Beran.

— The former Kifune Sushi Bar space in Venice is coming back as a new spot known simply as Beach & Brew, reports Toddrickallen.

— A new Clueless themed pop-up was supposed to be happening in Los Angeles soon, but as with many events these days, including Coachella, things are now on hold.

— Phat Birds, which closed its East LA location earlier this month, is now running a residency inside Kettle Black in Silver Lake starting this Thursday. The short-time pop-up will turn out fried chicken, sides, a Nashville-style po’ boy, and more for the next two weeks, Thursday through Saturday nights, starting at 5:30 p.m.