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New Cannabis Consumption Lounge Wants to Open in West Hollywood’s Shuttered Flaming Saddles

Plus, the Brig reopens in Venice, Broken Spanish extends its Neuehouse residency, and Pride-themed pie holes

An Original Cannabis Cafe customer rolling a joint at the U.S.’s first cannabis restaurant.
Original Cannabis Cafe, formerly Lowell Cafe
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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.

As California races towards a June 15 reopening, West Hollywood’s cannabis consumption lounges are coming back into the fold. A new consumption lounge by a group called Where Eagles Fly/Fanton Flower could open in the former Flaming Saddles, which closed in 2020.

Remember cannabis consumption lounges? West Hollywood was on track to open a handful of them by now. But that was before pandemic shifted focus to less socialized activities, like openly sharing a joint at the Original Cannabis Cafe, where it was perfectly legal to consume a burger with a side of edibles with friends.

WeHo Times reports the West Hollywood License Commission will host a teleconference hearing for Where Eagles Fly/Fanton Flower at 6 p.m. on June 1. A few familiar names are on the application including actress Patricia Arquette, and her son Enzo Rossi. Their entity already received an approval and license by the City of West Hollywood as an edibles lounge in 2018.

In other news:

  • Venice’s longstanding Abbot Kinney bar the Brig reopens today. Owners Dave and Patti Reiss revamped the interior, outdoor patio, and the cocktail menu for the occasion, along with inviting Uncle Paulie’s to serve sandwiches.
  • Chef Ray Garcia extended his Broken Spanish residency at Neuehouse until the end of July.
  • Fast-casual chain Sweetgreen opens a new location in Burbank on Tuesday, June 1 at 4320 W. Riverside Drive.
  • West LA’s Peruvian restaurant Qusqo Bistro & Gallery turns 14 this month, and owner Lucy Haro’s bringing in a band to go with the food this Saturday from 830 p.m. -11 p.m. For a table, RSVP at (310) 312-3800 or DM on Qusqo Bistro & Gallery’s Instagram.
  • Throughout June, The Pie Hole partnered with Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Liberation Coffee House. It’s a cafe and community space operated and staffed by graduates from the Center’s intergenerational Culinary Arts program. They’ll serve pie holes topped with pride flags priced from $10 to $30 at all Pie Hole locations, with proceeds to the Los Angeles LGBT Center to further support the Culinary Arts program. Advance orders can be placed online for pick-up or delivery.
  • The Dave’s Grillin & Chillin pop-up hit a snag with the LA County Health Department this week. According to a Facebook post, operations are shut down for the moment due to permitting issues.
Dave’s Grillin N Chillin
Dave’s Grillin N Chillin
Facebook screenshot of Dave’s Grillin N Chillin