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One of LA’s Best Pizzerias Is Expanding Again, This Time to the Busy Westside

Plus, where to eat in Chinatown, Tiki Ti support, and anti-maskers at the mall

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Prime Pizza
Prime Pizza
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 folks from Prime Pizza continue to expand across the city, this time landing a new location in West Los Angeles. Signage went up for the new outlet at 12219 Santa Monica Boulevard (formerly a Pizza Hut) over the weekend, and co-owner James Starr tells Eater that the plan is to open this fourth outlet by spring. Given the current times, the West LA version of Prime Pizza will focus heavily on takeout and delivery, but will have a small indoor area for inside dining (once appropriate to do so), much like the original Prime on Fairfax. The restaurant will also carry some pizza options that are exclusive to the Westside; the company currently has other locations including Downtown and in Burbank, which opened in January of last year.

In other news:

  • The LA Times has been following Bone Kettle in Pasadena, checking in on them throughout the pandemic to see how they continue to operate. The latest story came on New Years Eve, and features some haunting black and white images and lots of heartbreaking quotes from inside the chaos.
  • LA Magazine has a list of non-traditional restaurant takeout from the year that was, including spots like Korean pop-up Perilla L.A. and Bridgetown Roti. The LA Times, meanwhile, has compiled a compact map of Chinatown restaurants on the paper’s 101 restaurants list from 2020.
  • Want to help keep one of LA’s best (and oldest) tiki bars alive while also walking home with some cool stuff? Check out this mug sale at Los Feliz’s Tiki Ti, going down on Saturday.
  • A new spot called Federal Coffee is now open in West LA at 11600 W. Pico Boulevard, reports Toddrickallen.
  • Here’s TimeOut Los Angeles’s take on the best cookbooks from last year, including Alvin Cailan’s Amboy and plant-based Mexican cooking from Todo Verde.
  • LAist spoke with a ton of front and back of house workers about what it’s like to serve and cook in a restaurant (or be unemployed) right now. In short, as everyone already knows: It’s mostly bad, but does cross a pretty wide spectrum of opinions and perspectives.
  • A group of anti-maskers stormed into a grocery store and several other retail outlets, including an open food court area, at the Westfield Century City over the weekend, echoing a previous mask-less protest at Erewhon next to the Grove. The whole thing was caught on video by multiple bystanders, but a warning: It gets pretty ugly, pretty quickly.