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Fairfax’s 74-Year-Old Diamond Bakery Seeks Public Help as Pandemic Struggles Continue

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Plus: The current state of California barbecue, Burgerlords goes entirely vegan, and more hot chicken for greater LA

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Beloved Fairfax destination Diamond Bakery is in trouble. The 74-year-old spot has turned out loaves and bagels and more for many of LA’s popular restaurants over the decades, but with restaurant accounts dwindling because of the pandemic, times are tight. A consortium of employees who purchased the bakery last year say that without continued support from regulars, the return of grocery stores, and the renewal of large-scale dining at restaurants, it’s going to be hard to survive. To that end, they’ve launched fully on all delivery apps, and have even begun a GoFundMe page, seeking to score an eye-opening $400,000 in hopes of staying open for the long haul. For more info and to potentially donate, check out the page here.

And in other news:

  • Robb Report has a big new story out on the state of California barbecue, particularly LA’s underground scene. Some of the Texas-styled stuff here is on par with the best that much of the Lone Star State has to offer, says one barbecue expert, making California one of the best spots in America for smoked meat right now.
  • Drinking more in quarantine? There’s a class for that, thanks to the LA Beer Hop team. Their new eight-week virtual beer school is run by two certified cicerones and moves between talk of styles, history, taste, and technique — and yes there is drinking involved.
  • Main Chick is now open in Pasadena. The hot chicken spot sits on Union in the heart of Old Pasadena, and is on all the delivery apps. Long Beach is next for the growing company.
  • Tartine Sycamore is open once again. The restaurant is doing takeaway pastries and coffee and the like for now, but has plans to grow into pizzas and more in the near future.
  • Local food writer Danielle Salmon says that Mid-City’s Little Amsterdam Coffee is her “best alternative to Starbucks.” The Black-owned shop at Redondo and Pico turns out her favorite new latte, and is doing more for the immediate community than Starbucks ever will, so it’s a win-win, she says.
  • Silver Lake Cuban spot El Cochinito is hosting a Thursday parking lot party to celebrate opening day for the Dodgers. That means beer and hot dogs and lots of Dodger blue.
  • Burgerlords is ditching the meat entirely. The Highland Park and Chinatown restaurant will no longer sell dairy or meat of any kind, in part because ownership says eating meat during a pandemic isn’t the right thing to do, per LA Taco.

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