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A New Taco Tenant Takes Over at the Former Kogi Taqueria Space in Palms

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Plus Goldburger in Highland Park signs a multi-year deal, and the real, difficult numbers behind one restaurant’s attempt at takeout

A white box with colorful logo shows two tacos and chips and guac inside.
A takeaway box from El Barrio
El Barrio

There’s a new tenant in the former Kogi Taqueria space in Palms: El Barrio Neighborhood Tacos. The Redondo Beach restaurant quietly got up and running over the weekend, and is now live on the usual delivery apps. The newcomer works a pretty straightforward menu of tacos, burritos, mulitas, and more, with other options like a roasted cauliflower version of esquites available too. Kogi Taqueria, meanwhile, acted as an offshoot of the popular Kogi BBQ trucks, complete with kimchi quesadillas and short rib tacos. Choi closed Kogi Taqueria in June after a four-year run, but like the still-closed Chego says that he has plans to reopen the restaurant elsewhere someday.

And in other news:

  • The mobile Coffee Cube folks say that their bright red trailer was stolen in Burbank a few days ago, and they’re hoping for a safe return if anyone has any leads.
  • Meanwhile further south, Black Ring Coffee and others are leading a small restaurant renaissance in north Long Beach says the Long Beach Post.
  • Goldburger, the longtime burger pop-up around town, has gone permanent at its Highland Park space on York. In an Instagram post this morning, owner Allen Yelent says that he’ll be at his tiny blue takeaway for the long haul.
  • Resy has a new collection of classic restaurant stories to dive into, from the folks at El Tepayec to El Coyote Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles. You can check them all out here.
  • Tactile Coffee has formally closed in Historic Filipinotown, saying that COVID-19 “served more to expedite the process of our closure rather than to determine this decision.”
  • Patty’s Cakes in Fullerton is turning ten years young, no small feat for a shop that opened during the height of the cupcake craze. The popular spot also does birthday and wedding cakes, cookies, ice cream, and the like.
  • Want to know what it’s really like to run a restaurant that is doing takeout and delivery only, but still has all the same costs as before? Andrea Borgen of Barcito breaks it down in a new Instagram post below, and the numbers are... difficult.

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