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Celebrity Chef Todd English Finds a Way to Invade Los Angeles Next

Plus, a protest after the closure of the Avenue 26 Night Market, and the Boy and the Bear expands to Pasadena

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Celebrity chef Todd English, who opened Olives inside Virgin Hotels in Vegas, told Eater Vegas that he plans to open his flagship restaurant sometime in Los Angeles in the future. English opened Olives in Boston in 1989, expanding to the Bellagio in 1998 before it closed permanently there in 2018. Olives currently operates its new location in Vegas, plus outlets in Abu Dhabi and Bahamas, with plans to open new restaurants in New York City and Dallas. English also operates the Beast Food Hall at Area15 west of the Vegas Strip. Olives specializes in wood-fired dishes and Italian fare like veal parmesan, wood-fired half chicken, pappardelle with rabbit ragu, and flatbreads, which will fit into Los Angeles’s current Cal-Italian revival moment.

In other news:

  • Echo Park’s Mexico City-inspired mezcal bar Bar Caló is now open on Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m., which works as a great post-Dodger game hangout, or nice coda to the weekend.
  • The LA Times has a guide on what kind of takeout to get at parks around Los Angeles.
  • Supporters of the Lincoln Heights Avenue 26 Night Market gathered late yesterday to protest the swift closure of the area, demanding that it be reopened for vendors and visitors, writes Brittny Mejia of the Times.
  • Did you know that B Sweet hosts live music every weekend just outside its bakery along Sawtelle every weekend? Yo Venice has a fun video of the scene.
  • The city of Palm Springs will require vaccinations or negative tests from patrons before entering indoor dining rooms at restaurants. [LA Times]
  • Redondo Beach and Culver City coffee shop the Boy and the Bear looks to expand to Pasadena along east Green Street, according to What Now LA.
  • Mírame in Beverly Hills has a new $40 three-course Sunday Supper served family-style starting this weekend. Get tickets on Tock.
  • Deep-fried chimichangas are the thing to get at Margi, which is next to Afuri, Yess, and Guerrilla in Arts District. Josh Lurie writes about the venture from Marco Castelli and Jessica Rodriguez, which serves out of a truck along Mateo Street, in LA Magazine.

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