The Hollywood Reporter reports that Grill Concepts, the parents company of Daily Grill and Public School, as well as four Grill on the Alley locations, has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in an effort to reorganize its debt. Grill Concepts doesn’t operate the Grill on the Alley (pictured above) in Beverly Hills, or the Westlake Village outlet, as they were both sold off to a separate company called BH White Corp. Those two Grill on the Alley locations continue to operate and remain open.
As for Daily Grill and Public School, many locations have struggled during the pandemic, as they are often located near offices and cater to either the business lunch crowd or happy hour scene. Daily Grill Irvine closed permanently. Daily Grill in Burbank, Century City, and Palm Desert are open while Studio City and Santa Monica are temporarily closed. Public School in Downtown LA, Sherman Oaks, and Culver City are all open again. Grill Concepts still owns four Grill on the Alley restaurants, which offer more upscale steakhouse-type menus, and are located in Chicago, Dallas, San Jose, and Aventura, though only San Jose has reopened.
In other news:
- A new Black-owned food truck called Vegan A.F. has started rolling around LA as of a few days ago. Serving things like loaded Nashville hot fries, pizza eggrolls, and a vegan Philly roll, it’s got all the comfort with only plant ingredients in this gorgeous pink-painted truck.
- Manhattan Beach has invested heavily in making sure the outdoor dining situation would help its restaurants stay afloat during the pandemic. Now, the city is considering charging restaurants to keep the outdoor parkettes in operation, according to Easy Reader. The issue is that the city says they’re losing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential parking fees from the outdoor dining decks. And there’s the sticky situation of “public funds” being used as gifts to individuals or businesses. The proposed cost for the dining decks, which places like M.B. Post and Love and Salt use, would be $4 per square foot. At the moment, the use of the decks will continue until Labor Day.
- Paper City has a feature on Ronan’s wine lead and co-owner Caitlin Cutler, who worked at Alimento and Sotto before opening the Melrose restaurant with her husband and chef Daniel Moonman Cutler. Caitlin Cutler discusses the restaurant’s many great wine options, including a bold Austrian biodynamic Zweigelt from Claus Preisinger.
- Great White is opening a new location in West Hollywood, says What Now LA.
- LA coffee shop Go Get Em Tiger is taking their talents to Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue in the former Bluestone Lane, according to Toddrickallen.
- LA Magazine has a story on Ggiata Deli, founded by three Jersey guys who wanted to open a neighborhood deli on Melrose.