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Dave’s Hot Chicken Opens This Weekend in Hype-Riddled Fairfax District

Plus a new “community” Starbucks will open in Watts, and the longtime diner Long Beach Cafe has closed

Dave’s Hot Chicken Fairfax District exterior with red signage and outdoor tables.
Dave’s Hot Chicken Fairfax District
Dave’s Hot Chicken [Official photo]

Dave’s Hot Chicken, spicy Nashville-style chicken tender purveyor, has been on a tear lately, inking franchise deals and expanding basically...anywhere it can. But there’s probably no more desirable spot in LA for the burgeoning chicken shop than Fairfax District, amid all the skate and sneaker retailers (and some very good restaurants). Dave’s opens its prime new location on Sunday with hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and until midnight on weekends. Expect a similar menu of hot chicken tenders, sliders, cole slaw, mac and cheese, and fries, with ample outdoor seating plus delivery on every major app. 465 N. Fairfax Avenue.

In other news:

—Starbucks, which closed its big Ladera Heights location a few years ago, has decided it wants to return back to an underserved South LA neighborhood, with a “community store” in Watts. The idea is to help provide jobs in the area and foster economic development in the neighborhood.

—It’s always a good time celebrate the delicious creations of Taco Mell:

—Long Beach Cafe, with its kooky vibes and amazing retro look, has closed after 32 years in business due to the pandemic.

—Silver Lake’s Mediterranean restaurant Bowery Bungalow has also reopened for patio dining this week.

—Resy has a nice personal memoir of Taiwanese breakfast at Huge Tree Pastry in SGV from food writer Esther Tseng: “The fan tuan [is] just a tad more salty than sweet, with a thin fried egg, pickled mustard greens, dried pork hay, and yes, another you tiao swaddled inside the layer of sticky rice and made portable thanks to its plastic casing. The interplay of crunchy with sticky textures over the sweet and salty notes makes eating the entire roll a delight.”

—Sourdough pizza spot Gra is reopening after a temporary closure in Historic Filipinotown. Be sure to make a reservation before heading over.

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