A rally in support of president Donald Trump snarled traffic along already-busy Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley this weekend, with supporters and counter-protesters mixing it up in front of Jerry’s Famous Deli in Studio City at the end. The 100-car caravan started in Woodland Hills and made its way to Studio City, with many vehicles showing large flags and honking horns along the way.
Apparently the ad hoc meet-up was coordinated via social media, with no advanced warning to Jerry’s Famous Deli in Studio City. The result was a lot of back-and-forth shouting between different groups, the arrival of nearly a dozen LAPD officers, and several calls about possible gunfire or a brandished firearm at the event, though that remains unconfirmed and no one was hurt. Jerry’s was forced to make a statement on social media claiming no knowledge of the event, stating unequivocally that they “did not support this rally.” Eventually both groups dispersed without further incident.
And in other news:
- The LA Times reports that a Central Valley chicken processing plant owned by Foster Farms has closed temporarily after eight workers died from COVID-19.
- Belle’s Bagels is moving across the street in Highland Park. The popular breakfast shop has become a staple for the area, selling from a window out of the Hi Hat music venue, but with an uncertain future there the team decided to make for a new space. Now they’ll be selling from the former Cote Est address right across the street; expect the same long lines as ever.
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Today marks the end of an era. Monday will be our last day of service out of the Hi Hat. Before you get too sad I’d like to make it clear that WE WILL BE MOVING ACROSS THE STREET - at least for the time being - to 5022 YORK BLVD, the old Cote Est space. We can’t be grateful enough to @cote.est for giving us a chance to keep the bagel window open as we figure out what to do next. We had hoped that with all the uncertainty around music venues and bars that we could have remained at the Hi Hat at least for a little while longer but unfortunately that would not have been possible without the building owner effectively tripling our rent as well as imposing a myriad of contingencies that for us were just too risky for an uncertain time. That being said we are extremely lucky to have had such wonderful “co-tenants”/pseudo landlords as Ross, Mike and Dustin of @thehihat and @thehermosillo. 4 years ago they took a risk on us when we pitched them on doing breakfast service out of their music venue and gave us a shot that no one else would. For the advice, comradery and that first leap of faith we owe everything to them. We’d also like to thank Fred and Max of @burgerlords, our old @thehihat co-inhabitants who have fielded endless questions from us, Saul aka @thenewyorkblvd for your support and friendship, Lacey and Philip at @bigbudpress who answer our phone calls more than they should, Michael and Jillian @rosiebunnybean for their guidance and the greatest (or maybe worst) dog-food-for-bagels trade agreement ever, Kevin @collagecoffee for fueling our staff, Raul and the family @jugos_azteca for providing us the only non bagel food we eat, and the inimitable and dearly missed bar tending crew @thehermosillo for being perfect therapists. And lastly a Sunday holiday bagel load of love to Claudio of Cote Est as well as Ashley from Slappy Cakes for helping facilitate this move. We would have been a boiled bagel in hot water without them. Don’t get me wrong, this is sad. We’re gonna miss the window so damn much. But during a time when it feels like the world is crumbling around us we can only feel uplifted by the supportive people who frequent...
- 1802 Roasters in Cypress Park is hanging on, says the Eastsider, having transformed its parking lot into a drive-thru coffee and roasted beans pickup.
- Triniti in Echo Park has apparently flipped into Super Rich, an onigiri takeaway doing daytime hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- A new book called Abandoned and Historic Los Angeles explores the forgotten and very, very old places hiding in plain sight around the city, including several restaurants.
- Sycamore Kitchen on La Brea reopens tomorrow. The breakfast and lunch spot, which has been closed since the beginning of the pandemic and shut-down orders back in March, has a new outdoor dining setup and all the necessary COVID-19 protocols in place. Expect extended breakfast timing, and hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.