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13-Year-Old Los Feliz Restaurant Farfalla Vinoteca e Birreria Closed Permanently This Week

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Plus, Pharrell features LA’s Black-owned restaurants in a new music video, brunch in Santa Monica, and HomeState’s annual Margarita Showdown goes virtual

Farfalla Vinoteca e Birreria in Los Angeles, California
Farfalla Vinoteca e Birreria
Courtesy of Farfalla Vinoteca e Birreria

Farfalla Vinoteca e Birreria, the 13-year-old Italian/Brazilian restaurant in Los Feliz, closed permanently on Monday. Owner John Borghetti cited coronavirus mandates and guidelines as the reason, but will focus on a new restaurant that can be more adaptable to the current climate.

Borghetti will continue to operate the remaining three Farfalla Trattorias in Los Feliz, Westlake Village, and Encino. The Los Feliz Farfalla opened in 1988, and Borghetti opened Farvalla Vinoteca e Birreria in 2007, only a few steps away from his original restaurant.

In other news:

  • Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn opened a vegan delivery-only restaurant last month called VitaBowl.
  • Howlin’ Ray’s is back after all staff tested negative for coronavirus, and is available for delivery on Postmates.
  • Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken’s Santa Monica restaurant Socalo is now open for brunch on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • After a four month temporary closure, Santa Monica’s 26-year-old Buffalo Club reopened last week with two outdoor courtyards for socially-distant dining. They also launched Sunday Supper.
  • L.A. Taco profiled Hawthorne’s Chubby Rice. It’s a challenge to operate any restaurant during a pandemic, though Chubby Rice’s multi-generational, family-run Chinese restaurant in the South Bay has a whole set of challenges.
  • HomeState will host its Margarita Showdown on September 5, showcasing the classic cocktail from El Compadre, El Condor, Gold Line, Gracias Madre, Las Perlas, Petty Cash, and last year’s winner, El Carmen. There’s also a killer musical lineup with Questlove, Spoon, and Chicano Batman making appearances. All proceeds go to charity, and pre-order margarita flight tickets go on sale today. Anyone can stream the live event on

A Running List of LA Restaurants That Have Permanently Closed During the COVID-19 Crisis [ELA]