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Sugarfish, Uovo, HiHo Cheeseburger Confirmed for Studio City Complex

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Plus an update on a threatened taco stand, and free restaurant meals for seniors in Long Beach

A rendering for an outdoor space with lots of greenery and white walkways.
A rendering for the future Sportsmen’s Lodge
Curbed LA

A trio of prominent restaurants from some of the same owners is confirmed for Studio City’s Sportsmen’s Lodge complex. Japanese restaurant Sugarfish, pasta restaurant Uovo, and burger brand HiHo Cheeseburger are all set to land at the historic Ventura Boulevard property as part of a long-planned $100 million remodel. Other retail tenants slated for the development include Erewhon and high-end gym Equinox, though no official timetable for opening has been announced. Meanwhile, Sugarfish has expanded its footprint from Southern California to New York City, and pledged at the beginning of the global coronavirus pandemic to keep all of its workforce employed.

And in other news:

— After being threatened at his new second location in Highland Park, taquero Walter Soto of El Ruso has decided to work his new Sinaloan-style Mexican food menu at his original location during the week. That includes corn tortillas, adobada, and crispy tripe. The stand’s well-known flour tortillas and carne asada will run at the Boyle Heights site Friday through Sunday.

— A new East Coast-style Italian sandwich ghost kitchen restaurant called Ggiata opens this week just south of Koreatown for delivery and takeout only, including cocktails.

LA Times co-critic Bill Addison caught up with Sunnin, the Santa Monica Lebanese restaurant, after a weekend of unrest there. Meanwhile, Times writer Jenn Harris showcased a running list of black-owned restaurants around greater LA.

— Last week the mayor of Long Beach announced a free at-home meal program for its older citizens, using local restaurants. The full list of participating establishments is threaded into the original tweet, and include names like Michael’s Pizzeria, Bebot Filipino Soul Food, and Restauration.

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