Beloved Westwood donut shop Stan’s had an incredible 55-year run before it closed in 2020. Stan’s expanded into multiple locations through a franchiser in the Chicagoland area in the past few years, but its LA original never found traction beyond its original college town outlet. West LA’s Primo’s Donuts, which was founded in 1964, has been keen on adapting to recent trends, social media, and customer tastes. Primo’s finalized its takeover of the former Stan’s in Westwood, with plans to give away free buttermilk donuts as a part of its September 18 opening from noon to 1 p.m., reports the Los Angeles Times. The family business was founded by Ralph Sr. and Celine Primo, with grandson Nick Primo (UCLA grad) and son Ralph Primo Jr. also involved in operations.
In other news:
- Heritage Barbecue in San Juan Capistrano has received a Michelin Plate designation, making it one of the notable new places to eat in Southern California. The guide heaped praise onto the barbecue shop: “His [Daniel Castillo’s] creations draw inspiration from central Texas, so when that sweet scent of California white oak gets going, find yourself transported on a riotous journey, starting with slices of glistening brisket—correctly charred and deliciously rich.”
- In a new award designation called Heads of the Table, Bon Appétit has honored various restaurants, operators, and organizations around the country, including No Us Without You, which recently debuted its garden and events space in the Arts District.
- Roving Westside reporter Toddrickallen says a new macaron specialist called Le Macaron is headed to the Westfield Century City mall. The Florida-based brand has a shop in Santa Monica as well.
- Sky’s Taco owner Barbara “Sky” Burrell gets a feature in the Times from reporter Stephanie Breijo, where the restaurant operator prepares to open a new place inside the massive 300-acre Hollywood Park development: “Burrell has always hoped that the Sky’s brand — and her empire — would go international, and the new location is her springboard. It just took a number of years — and hardships — to get here.”
- L.A. Taco reports on an incident where a 75-year-old flower vendor was attacked and robbed on the street. After generating support through local activists, vendor Miguel Angel Gonzalez was offered a job at Mexihanas Hibachi Grill in Long Beach.
- Ceviche Stop in Culver City held its grand opening last night in Culver City: