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Heroic Italian’s Beverly Hills Kiosk Destroyed by Alleged Drunk Driver

Plus, a review for Korean gastropub HanEuem and a new Monty’s location in Culver City

Heroic Italian’s Beverly Hill kiosk after van destroyed the structure
Heroic Italian’s Beverly Hills kiosk after van destroyed the structure
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

On Thursday morning at 1 a.m., a van crashed through Heroic Italian’s kiosk on the corner of La Cienega and Wilshire, nearly destroying the structure. Co-owner Jerry Merrihue says an alleged drunk driver was at fault. No one was hurt in the crash.

Merrihue tells Eater LA the van headed south on La Cienega and through the intersection, swerved across the northbound lane and right through the building. “If the van — straight out of Cheech and Chong — hadn’t hit one of the structural barriers, it would surely have driven right through the back of the restaurant,” says Merrihue. “The driver was taken into custody. Hilariously, when the fire department arrived, they issued a citation against Heroic because the sprinkler tubes (which had been approved in multiple past inspections) were too small.”

The Beverly Hills restaurant will need extensive repairs before reopening.

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Review for Korean gastropub HanEuem

LA Times reviewer Bill Addison reviewed Koreatown’s HanEuem and labeled the “homey” pan-fried jeon as a must-try dish.

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