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Wolfgang Puck is opening two new restaurants on Sunset Boulevard

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • September 25, 2020
The last few weeks have seen a barrage of restaurant closures, from the beloved Beverly Soon Tofu, the Bellwether and the Pacific Dining Car. But on a recent morning, on the ground floor of the new Pendry West Hollywood hotel on Sunset Boulevard,...

Pacific Dining Car As We Knew it Is Gone

Chris Nichols • Los Angeles Magazine • September 25, 2020
The end of the Pacific Dining Car came with a few mouse clicks this week as the final bids were entered on the leather booths, fine china, and crystal goblets inside the landmark restaurant. Ninety nine years ago, Fred and Grace “Lovey” Cook...

Up and Go!

Samantha Brooks • Los Angeles Magazine • September 24, 2020
Vibrant, eclectic, and perfect for the young—and young at heart—Long Beach has come to life with a plethora of activities, restaurants, and shops, making it ideal for a romantic getaway or weekend retreat with friends, including your four-legged...

Tres Leches Lovers Rejoice: Beloved Bakery Porto’s Will Now Ship Cakes Nationwide

Andy Wang • Los Angeles Magazine • September 23, 2020
One of L.A.’s biggest immigrant-food success stories started in the 1960s, when Rosa Porto supported her family by baking cakes at her home in Manzanillo, Cuba, and selling them to neighbors. After moving to L.A. in 1971, Rosa continued to sell...

Review: Never mind the weather, the soup’s ready

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • September 23, 2020
Summer might not seem like the best time to open a soup restaurant. But soup makes everything better, even when it’s hot outside, perhaps especially during a pandemic. I guess that’s what Yuk Dae Jang is counting on because this upscale Korean...

David Chang on restaurants and his own life: 'The old ways just don’t work anymore'

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • September 19, 2020
When journalists analyze David Chang’s influence on American dining, we tend to focus on how his first two New York restaurants — Momofuku Noodle Bar, opened in 2004, and Ssäm Bar, which followed in 2006 — crumpled divides between formal and...

USC grad is designing L.A.'s first solar community fridge

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • September 18, 2020
In early June, my colleague Sam Dean sent me an enthusiastic yet slightly cryptic Slack message: “The fridges are spreading!” He attached a link to an Instagram post of a refrigerator in front of what looked like a machine repair shop, the words...

There's no "back to normal" for the restaurant industry

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • September 17, 2020
Monica Lee opened Beverly Soon Tofu in 1986, and over three decades it became one of Koreatown’s bedrocks for nourishment. But earlier this month, the tofu house announced on Instagram that it was closing permanently as of Sept. 20 — yet another...

L.A.’s Servers Say Tipping Is Way Down During the Pandemic

Steven Blum • Los Angeles Magazine • September 17, 2020
Working as a server in L.A. was an unstable gig before toxic air choked the skies and a deadly respiratory disease threatened dining rooms. Now, many say the job has become impossible. One obvious reason: tips are down. Significantly so. After...

What happens when a restaurant can't pay the rent?

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • September 16, 2020
Greg Morena owes the city of Santa Monica about $31,000 each month in rent. The former City Council member owns and operates two restaurants on the Santa Monica Pier, the Albright and Rusty’s. When the city shut down the tourist attraction in...