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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...

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...

Why restaurant critics can't ignore the pandemic

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • September 12, 2020
“What a lot of noise!” a reader named John M. wrote concerning my recent call for more food journalism oriented toward the stories of restaurant workers. "Food critics can continue to be distracted by all the noise enumerated in your article...

SalviSoul's Karla Vasquez celebrates Salvadoran cuisine

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • September 11, 2020
Six years ago Karla Vasquez was a budding home cook learning to make one of her favorite Salvadoran dishes — the minced beef dish called salpicón salvadoreño — when she made a sobering discovery: There are almost no Salvadoran cookbooks currently...

Meet the future babka king of Los Angeles

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • September 5, 2020
A couple of months back, while working on a feature about Palestinian culture through the lens of cookbooks, I was watching Instagram stories posted by London-based chef Joudie Kalla, one of the authors interviewed for the story. In one slide she...

Curtis Stone is opening a temporary restaurant at the Grove

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • September 4, 2020
Curtis Stone will open a new restaurant and market at the Grove called Picnic Society by Gwen, inspired by his Hollywood butcher shop. The restaurant, located in the former Dominique Ansel Bakery space, is scheduled to open on Sept. 14. The...

Best thing I ate: Bucket of crawfish, shrimp and crabs to-go

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • September 2, 2020
If not for the pandemic, I don’t think it ever would have occurred to me to order takeout from a place like The Kickin’ Crab. Cajun-inspired crawfish restaurants like this local chain and countless others are ubiquitous in Orange County. And at...

These Restaurant Patios Are L.A.’s Best Places to Dine Outdoors Right Now

Brittany Martin • Los Angeles Magazine • September 1, 2020
As COVID-19 hospitalizations appear to slow and the region shows signs of inching toward recovery, more and more Angelenos are deciding they feel comfortable experimenting with outdoor dining, served on-site at local restaurants. Many restaurants...

Vartan Abgaryan will open Post Script restaurant in Venice

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • August 31, 2020
Vartan Abgaryan, chef-owner of Yours Truly in Venice, is opening an outdoor-only restaurant called Post Script. He plans to open the restaurant in the lot next to the Brig bar across the street from Yours Truly in September. “We just had to be...

In Need of Space for Outdoor Dining, These Local Restaurants Got Creative

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • August 31, 2020
With COVID-19 restrictions and precautions creating demand for more outdoor dining, restaurateurs are getting very creative. At Mozza and Chi Spacca in Hancock Park, an area previously used for staff parking has been converted into “Piazza Mozza”...