The beloved Madre Restaurants + Mezcaleria — with locations in Torrance and Palms — opened a third in West Hollywood yesterday. The familiar space used to house Pitfire Pizza, and Gesso prior to that.
Owner Ivan Vasquez has been producing Oaxacan food since 2015, Vasquez is serving dinner and brunch-only with a small plates menu. Madre Fairfax is casual tribute to Vazquez’s mother’s recipes with mulitas, Oaxacan tacos, moles, tlayudas, barbacoas, Oaxacan meats with handmade corn tortillas. It’s open for patio dining, a takeout window, and delivery from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.
In other news:
—In a Facebook post, the owner of the Grilled Cheese Truck announced the end its ten-year run at the end of July. What a wild ride for the fleet of trucks, which at one point was received a $100 million valuation.
—Amid accusations of moldy jam and uncredited work from employees of color, Sqirl’s cookbook publisher ABRAMS Books released a statement noting that The Sqirl Jam Book (Jelly, Fruit Butter, and Others) will still be published on July 21, according to L.A. Taco.
—The co-owners of Bergie’s Bar and Grill, Renee McAlonis and Michael Foster, apologized for harassing a vendor from La Palma Fresh Fruit in Santa Clarita, according to KHTS. The incident was caught on video, where Foster said, “Get it the fuck out of here. This isn’t Pacoima. It looks like shit.” In response, locals came out yesterday evening to support the fruit vendor. Read yesterday’s full story on Eater LA.
—Them published a story about the LGBTQ cafe Cuties Coffee, which made a transition to virtual outreach and activism in recent months. The story includes an interview with Cuties’ general manager Sasha Jones, a community organizer with longstanding ties to LA’s queer Black community.
—Take a look at Chengdu Taste’s automated and contactless customer temperature check. Upon entry, a machine checks to make sure no diner’s body temp runs over 98.6 degrees.
—For the first time in its 101-year-old history, Hollywood’s Musso and Frank Grill is available for delivery or to-go. The company labeled this effort “Musso’s To You,” which includes the restaurant’s classic dishes, along with beer and wine.