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The Magic Castle’s New Takeout Menu Now Includes an Actual Show

Plus, Salazar is reopening in Frogtown, a fire closes Filipino hit Bebot in Long Beach, and there’s a new way to enjoy Orange County fair food

A worker at Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle shuffles a line of cards on a piece of felt inside a blue room.
A show at the Magic Castle
Wonho Frank Lee
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.

The Magic Castle is still up and running during the pandemic, though with no inside sit-down dining and no live entertainment things are naturally rather different at the moment. The 57-year-old private club (and tourist favorite) is now doing takeout food from its main restaurant Wednesday through Sunday, offering classic dishes like prime rib or the Castle’s $20 owl bar burger. The real selling point, though, is that every dinner order comes with a link to a virtual magic show, put on by one of the Magic Castle’s own performers.

And in other news:

  • Underground hit Amiga Amore is popping up at Bar Bandini this Friday. Expect Mexican-Italian flavors like beet ceviche with pasta chips, and more.
  • Salazar is reopening today in Frogtown for takeout and delivery. Hours for tacos, burritos, and cocktails run 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
  • Long Beach Filipino restaurant Bebot has closed after a devastating fire. Now, chef AC Boral and crew will try to rebuild, says the Long Beach Post.
  • Kitchen 24 has closed in Hollywood after 12 long years. The restaurant’s West Hollywood location remains open for takeout and delivery, and the closed space is already listed again on Loopnet.
  • Library Bar is open once again in Downtown LA. The ABC group’s other projects, Mohawk Bend and Broxton Brewery, are also open again with patio dining.
  • Daniel Shemtob is reopening the Spot and the Lime Truck, two former restaurant concepts he used to run around Los Angeles. The duo is set for a small mostly commissary kitchen space at 1936 W. Glenoaks Boulevard in Glendale, with limited outdoor seating and options for takeout and delivery. Expect dishes like lemon artichoke half chicken from the Spot and the spicy steak fry burrito from the Lime Truck.
  • Orange County dive bar Mutt Lynch’s is recreating the decadent foods from the OC Fair, now that the annual festival has been closed because of coronavirus. Expect deep-fried Oreos, turkey legs, and more.