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Sqirl’s Jessica Koslow Temporarily Closes Westside Newcomer Onda

Plus chef Ludo reopens Petit Trois, Magpies Softserve returns, and more news

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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.

Sqirl owner Jessica Koslow has closed her Santa Monica restaurant Onda, which opened in October of last year, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The prominent partnership with Mexico City chef Gabriela Camara (Contramar) arrived in fall to much fanfare, and had recently expanded into its long-awaited daytime hours, but with the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing (and more and more operators, including Koslow herself) the restaurant announced on social media that its final day of service for now was Sunday. “Be safe, and we’ll see you on the other side of this,” the post reads.

In other news:

Magpies Softserve has reopened in Silver Lake, selling its usual collection of soft serve ice creams for takeaway.

Everytable is hiring. The feel-good LA-based restaurant known for its affordability and access, particularly in underserved communities, has been ramping up to help feed more folks around Los Angeles, meaning there’s a need for more hands on deck.

— LA Taco has a wild story out on Whittier restaurant Masataco and co-owner David Fuerte, who has been selling masks, rice, beans, toilet paper and other goods at cost to those in need. To date, Fuerte has sold well over a million masks, including many to government entities like the FBI.

— Petit Trois Le Valley has reopened in Sherman Oaks, with chef Ludo Lefebvre and crew selling local farm products out of the space, from dairy and dry goods to produce, wine, beer, and more.