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A Casual New Takeaway Restaurant Opens Inside One of LA’s Busiest Parks

Plus, a new spot for Hatchet Hall’s Martin Draluck, collaboration merch from Swingers, and lots of reopenings to know about

A company funded by former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has proposed a $125 million gondola lift that would fly customers over Los Angeles State Historic Park from Union Station to Dodger Stadium and activists are weighing in.
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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.

During lockdowns, the sprawling LA State Historic Park in Chinatown became a hub of daytime activity, filled with distanced family hangouts, picnics, and all manner of outdoor activity. Now, the park is pushing to keep it that way, adding a new fast-casual restaurant to the property called the Cargo Snack Shack, right in the heart of the park.

The menu is ideal park fare, including options like burgers, a pulled pork sandwich, or a fried chicken sandwich, plus hot dogs, loaded fries, salads, and more. The restaurant will also serve beer and wine soon, plus milkshakes for those warm summer afternoons. Cargo Snack Shack is open now, keeping daily daytime hours.

In other news:

  • East Hollywood/Thai Town wine bar Tabula Rasa is reopening for on-site sit-down service, beginning this Wednesday, March 31. Meanwhile Savoca at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live is on-site brunch and indoor dining service at limited capacity starting April 4.
  • The Parm Boyz residency at the Corner Door in Culver City is back. Expect lots of pasta and cutlets and cocktails Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Meanwhile, Shibumi in Downtown LA returns for on-site dining starting April 7, which means no more to-go bento boxes for now.
  • Feel like scoring some sweet restaurant merch while also helping to keep one of LA’s most famous Googie diners in business? Check out this new Swingers x Cherry LA collaboration drop below.
  • The Los Angeles Sentinel finds a lot to love at Perry’s Joint in Altadena, the decades-old sandwich staple on Lincoln Avenue that continues to feed its community.
  • Huntington Park restaurant Ariya Thai Kitchen was vandalized two days in a row last week, says LA Taco, and ownership isn’t ruling out the possibility of the attack being considered a hate crime.
  • Rincon Reservation Road Brewery is Southern California’s first tribal-owned brewery, reports Indian Country Today. The San Diego-area brewery will feature “the tribe’s language, story, [and] landmarks” on its packaging, the paper reports, while helping to bring more awareness to tribal-owned businesses and lands across the region.
  • Baldwin Hills restaurant Post & Beam has appointed Martin Draluck as the new chef de cuisine and has plans to open again for on-site dining April 4. Draluck previously spent years cooking at Hatchet Hall.