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The Biggest Names in LA Barbecue Are All Plotting New Locations

Also: 101 Noodle Express closes, Burger Week in LA/OC, two wine-related openings, and pies for charity

A plate of barbecue, including brisket, smoked chicken, ribs, and sauce.
A plate from Slab
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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.

Some of LA’s most prolific barbecue restaurants are almost ready to stretch their legs. Kevin Bludso, of Bludso’s Bar & Que, said recently on the Air Jordan food podcast that he and his partners are in talks on a possible Glendale location, which could even come with the ability to smoke outdoors on an off-set smoker. Meanwhile Slab, the Burt Bakman and H.Wood Group collaboration spot on West Third Street, is also reportedly considering a second location further west, on the other side of the 405. Add in Moo’s Craft Barbecue, which is actively seeking a permanent location, and the upcoming Heritage Barbecue opening in Orange County, and suddenly the Southern California smoked meat scene is looking stronger than ever.

And in other news:

— Sommelier Rick Arline (Auburn) teased an opening of his own place in Los Angeles recently on the Fork in the Road podcast.

Kobee Factory in Van Nuys has reopened for dine-in service.

— An online bake sale for charity is happening on Friday, with desserts available from some of LA’s biggest names including Zoe Nathan, Dulan’s on Crenshaw, Providence, and more.

— This year’s Burger Week (July 12 - July 18) spans across Southern California, with FoodBeast and the Fork Report teaming up for a full week of specialty burgers from places like Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point, and the Raymond 1886 in Pasadena.

— 101 Noodle Express has closed in Arcadia, per reporter Kristie Hang.

Perle Restaurant has opened for limited service in Pasadena. The small French restaurant is now selling bottles of wine, before a wider reopening in the coming weeks.