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Budding Coffee Shop Goodboybob Opens in Caffeine-Heavy Manhattan Beach Next Week

Plus, Alimento reopens in Silver Lake, and Thunderbolt does an homage to Waffle House

Chapati and cappuccino from Goodboybob.
Chapati and cappuccino from Goodboybob.
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

In a bit of exciting cafe news for Manhattan Beach, Goodboybob, which has locations in Santa Monica and Culver City, is debuting a shop in the South Bay on Monday, November 1 with hours from 6:30 to 2:30 p.m. The shop is one of LA’s rising Third Wave coffee roasters and cafes, making a terrific set of breakfast and lunch fare as well, including a very tasty egg-filled chapati. As a bit of a bonus, since those are the first few days of operation and will be primarily for staff training, the coffee will be free from Monday until Wednesday, November 3. Then they’ll close Thursday and Friday before reopening for good on Saturday and Sunday. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. The location on 1300 Highland Avenue right across from Uncle Bill’s Pancake House in the heart of Manhattan Beach gives surfers and beach visitors the ideal coffee kick just steps from the pier.

Goodboybob’s new Manhattan Beach location.
Goodboybob’s new Manhattan Beach location.

Eagle Rock’s Lucky Bird flies the coop

Lucky Bird, the popular Grand Central Market fried chicken shop, opened an Eagle Rock outlet earlier this year with a substantial build-out, only to close permanently as of last week. No word on what will take over the space. Despite being fairly accessible from Pasadena, Glendale, and Highland Park, operating a restaurant in Eagle Rock always seems to be a challenge.

Sanctified fritters in Larchmont

A brand of shops from Hawai’i is opening in Larchmont called Holey Grail Donuts, first starting as a food truck in Kauai then expanding across the islands. Debuting in Larchmont sometime later this year as its first LA location, the chain will add another spot in Santa Monica next year as well. Holey Grail serves slightly chewy taro donuts with a crisp exterior served with Hawaiian flavors and ingredients.

Thunderbolt pays homage to the South’s most famous all-day diner

Historic Filipinotown bar and lounge Thunderbolt does a Waffle House-inspired pop-up this weekend for Halloween celebrating the South’s famous all-day and all-night diner with breakfast favorites and cocktails to match. Expect to see chicken and waffles and lots of hash browns. The pop-up runs until Sunday.

Santa Monica’s new food hall and ghost kitchen

The former Gallery, which had everything from Michael Voltaggio’s STRFSH, Dave Beran’s Dialogue, and David Chang’s Fuku, has permanently closed and will turn into Kitchen United MIX, a combination food hall and ghost kitchen, according to Toddrickallen. Diners will be able to order takeaway food from upwards of 10 restaurant concepts from a single location. Kitchen United plans to open more locations of this ghost kitchen-food hall situation on the Westside and Torrance in coming months.

Silver Lake’s pasta spot is back

Alimento has reopened after a hiatus: