Internet personality and chef Matty Matheson is hosting a pop-up at Animal restaurant today. On Instagram, Matheson says the chili cheeseburgers are free and is totally for a purpose: Matheson will tape an episode of his self-produced, self-directed YouTube series where he’ll sell a business centered around chili and champagne to a star-studded group, including comedian Eric André, EDM DJ Diplo, pop icon Madonna, and recording artist Finneas. This isn’t the first time Matheson worked with the Jon and Vinny crew to shoot an episode.
Jon and Vinny dinner with Don Angie founders (update)
Speaking of the Jon and Vinny crew, Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli — who own Don Angie in New York’s West Village — are hosting a multi-course dinner at Jon and Vinny’s Fairfax to celebrate their new cookbook, Italian American. The cost is $85 per person and if in the mood for Helen Johanessen’s wine pairings, the cost is an additional $45. Snag a reservation on Resy. (NOTE: This dinner has been postponed)
McDonald’s plant-based burger
Jumping in on the plant-based burger train is McDonald’s, which will test its new vegan burger — co-developed with Beyond Meat — in Southern California markets this November, including locations in El Segundo and Manhattan Beach, reports CBS.
Uplifters Kitchen closing
Uplifters Kitchen held its final day of service on Sunday. The Santa Monica-based vegan and vegetarian restaurant announced its closure via Instagram after reopening in February. The restaurant originally opened in 2014.
Anajak Thai Food
Anajak Thai Cuisine is no longer open for lunch, as it will now open for dinner at 4 p.m. indoors, with alley dining starting at 6:15 p.m. Resy helps secure a table.
A new location for Guacamaya Oasis
Plant-based Mexican restaurant Guacamaya Oasis changed locations to the Promenade at Downey. The restaurant’s new spot is bigger with a huge patio.