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Kogi Taqueria Has Closed in Palms, But Roy Choi Says It Will Relocate

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Plus: Silverlake Lounge reopens with Cuban food, and MTN closes permanently on Abbot Kinney in Venice

Kogi tacos, Korean influenced Mexican food on a paper tray.
Tacos from Kogi
Kogi BBQ [Official photo]

Chef Roy Choi has closed his restaurant Kogi Taqueria in Palms, saying on Twitter that the restaurant’s lease was simply up. The restaurant opened back in 2016 as a standalone permanent space for fans to try Choi’s roving food truck menu of Korean taco and spicy pork quesadillas. Choi says the trucks will continue on as usual, and that he and his team are actively looking for a Westside space to open a new Kogi Taqueria some time in the future.

The loss of Kogi Taqueria is also a loss for fans of Chego, the onetime Chinatown restaurant that Choi closed in May of last year. At that time, Choi said that he would also be bringing Chego back west to a new location at some point, but in the meantime fans were encouraged to enjoy some of Chego’s most popular bowls from the Kogi Taqueria kitchen instead. Now both are gone, but fans are hopeful for an eventual return. Meanwhile, Choi continues to work with the staff of Locol in Watts, partnering up with the ChewBox app to feed communities across Los Angeles.

And in other news:

  • The Silverlake Lounge is back in action, now serving nightly drinks as well as Cuban food from El Cochinito. The longtime bar and music venue was bought in 2019 by the folks from nearby Tabula Rasa Bar.
  • MTN has closed permanently in Venice, the LA Times reports.
  • Uncool Burgers opens today in Larchmont, with 100 percent of proceeds from their Feel Good Combo going to Stomp Out Bullying.
  • Cassia is still planning on helping to host the annual LA Chefs for Human Rights dinner on June 27, albeit virtually this year. Tickets to the charity event run $250 and include a multi-course dinner delivered to your door, as well as the video event itself.
  • South Bay Hawaiian-Mexican pop-up Fiyahnesian now has a food truck. Check out the new setup here.
  • As part of a new TBS show called Celebrity Show-Off, Ja Rule made... a commercial for Papa Cristo’s?!

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