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After 12 Good Years, a South Pasadena Restaurant Legend Moves On

Plus, a deal on patty melts, a new restaurant in Ventura, and more

A daytime cafe with lots of greenery and outdoor seating against a white building.
Fiore Market Cafe in South Pasadena
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.

South Pasadena lunchtime staple Fiore Market Cafe is in new hands, with owner Bill Disselhorst announcing on social media that he has sold his beloved 12-year-old restaurant to Linda Grace, who owns the nearby San Marino Cafe. Grace has been a longtime local operator herself, and Disselhorst — whose wife and co-owner died in 2017 — says that the place will be in great hands moving forward. “I am so grateful that she is the one to carry on the tradition,” says Disselhorst on Instagram. “It’s been an amazing run.”

Patty melt deals

Looking for a deal? Goldburger is selling its patty melts for $3 off all week long at both the Highland Park and Los Feliz locations, so now’s a good time to get over to score some even-more-inexpensive eats from one of Los Angeles’s best burger makers.

Openings and returns

  • The group behind Brophy Bros. in Ventura has expanded, adding On the Alley as a casual new spot at Ventura Harbor Village. While this outlet still offers harbor-view seating and a patio, expect more walk-up, casual vibes and a menu that leans into basics like breakfast burritos, smoothies, burgers, and some staple seafood dishes like fish and chips, oysters, and ceviche. On the Alley is open now at 1559 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura.
  • Go Get Em Tiger is returning to the Music Center in Downtown LA after a long time away during the pandemic. The small standalone shop is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, as well as for ongoing Music Center events.
  • Sweetgreen is now open in Beverly Hills at 251 N. Beverly Drive. The 3,100-square-foot space has room for two dozen diners inside and another 10 outside, though it’ll mostly be used for by the app-heavy pickup crowds in the immediate area.

Dumpling talk

This season’s first episode of the Los Angeles Times food series the Bucket List is up and running. This go-round will focus on the wide world of dumplings, beginning with soup dumplings from the San Gabriel Valley.