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It’s Officially Norms Day in LA, and That Means 72-Cent Breakfast

Plus, big changes at well-known spaces in Downtown, Chinatown, and Hollywood

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A pre-pandemic service at Norms on La Cienega
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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.

Diner icon Norms is celebrating 72 years in business in a rather special way today. For starts, the city of Los Angeles has formally declared today as Norms Day, which is a birthday gift in itself. As for the restaurants, they’ll be doing 72-cent breakfasts at all locations between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. For the iconic La Cienega Norms location, known for its historically-preserved Googie architecture, the company will also be giving away free hotcakes starting at 8 a.m. to the first 500 customers in line; the doughnuts are being made in collaboration with fellow legacy restaurant Randy’s Donuts.

The same faces, fresh places

Daniel Hernandez is taking over as interim food editor for the Los Angeles Times. The paper has not announced a permanent hire for the position yet, but did add Stephanie Breijo (formerly of TimeOut) as reporter earlier this year. Meanwhile Claudia Peschiutta, formerly of KNX radio, is now overseeing daily news coverage at KPCC/LAist.

Chinatown deli moves

Chinatown restaurant Pearl River Deli, lauded by the New York Times, is closing at Far East Plaza on October 31. The restaurant isn’t going far (just moving to a new location nearby with more room and a bigger focus), but in the interim diners can expect some throwback dishes and new menu items at the original storefront next door to the original Howlin’ Ray’s.

More eggs for everyone

Orange County pop-up Paragon Cafe has expanded into a permanent restaurant at SOCO + the OC Mix in Costa Mesa. Expect breakfast through dinner service, with options from bananas foster French toast to dinner entrees to live music on weekends.

A classic diner is coming back

Things are shaping up nicely for Clark Street Diner, soon to take over the former 101 Coffee Shop space on Franklin Avenue in Hollywood. Check out the retro signage going up soon.

But this Downtown bar is not

Bernadette’s is closing forever in Downtown after five years. The throwback hangout spot known for its frosé, Garfield phone, and great vibes is throwing one last hurrah on October 30, affectionately known as a final Dumb-o-Ween party. Flyer below.