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Petty Cash Returns to Life With At-Home Taco Kits and $1 Delivery Margaritas

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Plus: El Ruso reopens again, Kogi talks the future, and new owners in West Hollywood

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Petty Cash’s $1 margarita
Petty Cash
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.

Beverly Boulevard Mexican restaurant Petty Cash is reopening today for pickup and delivery, just in time for Cinco de Mayo. In a call to Eater yesterday, chef/owner Walter Manzke tells Eater that the return will be handled through Tock (just like at sibling restaurant Republique), with options for finished, cooked dishes as well as finish-at-home meals like the restaurant’s cauliflower nachos. And, crucially, Petty Cash is doing a $21 at-home taco kit that comes with an option add-on: a $1 Cimarron Blanco margarita. There’s a limit of one per order, but still, one dollar delivery margaritas sounds just about perfect. New hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

And in other news:

— Dough Pizzeria and Bar in West Hollywood has changed hands. New owners include Joshua Kuyt (Terrine), Adam Waheed, and Food Network’s Aaron May. The plan is to partially finance the new venture by selling shares of the restaurant for $10 a pop to anyone who wants one, once the restaurant reopens.

— El Ruso is selling again this weekend in Boyle Heights. The stand’s truck is almost complete, so they’ll be doing pre-ordered pickups only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

— Josiah Citrin has re-opened Melisse and Citrin for three nights a week (Thursday through Saturday). The limited crossover menu for the side-by-side Santa Monica restaurants will rotate, but expect family-style meals for north of $50 per person.

— “There are opportunities buried in this situation, like hidden treasures,” says Roy Choi in a new piece on restaurants and the coronavirus pandemic written for the Welcome Conference.

— A new charity virtual cook-along is going down on Saturday, May 2. The livestreamed event will feature a toast from Tom Colicchio and cocktail instructions from Redbird’s Tobin Shea, with proceeds going to benefit the non-profit FEAST.

— Neptune’s Net has been getting inundated with traffic from folks heading to Malibu during the lockdown. So much so, in fact, that they’ve had to close entirely.

— Burgers by Standings is back, selling burger kits out of the Standings’ Butchery space on Melrose over the weekends.