Serving Larchmont Village, Hancock Park, and the Greater Wilshire neighborhoods of Los Angeles since 2011.

March Restaurant Tidbits


We’ve recently reported on the new Umeda restaurant, the coming of Jeni’s ice cream and the re-opening of Jamba Juice on Larchmont, and the possible departure of Pinches Tacos…but there has been a lot of other local restaurant news this month, which you also might want to be aware of.

  • The prestigious James Beard Awards has announced its 2017 finalists, and – as usual – several locals made the cut.  In the nation-wide categories, Margarita Manzke, from République, is among the five finalists for Outstanding Pastry Chef, and Caroline Styne, from The Lucques Group (Lucques, a.o.c., Tavern, and others) is among the finalists for Outstanding Restaurateur. In the regional categories, both Michael Cimarusti of Providence, and Ludo Lefebvre, Trois Mec, are in the running for Best Chef: West.  And finally, former Beard Award-Winning Chef Suzanne Goin (also of the Lucques Group) has been named a 2017 inductee to the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America.
  • Just down the street half a block, LA Press Organic Pressed Juice and Coffee recently opened at 824 S. La Brea.  They’re serving fresh certified organic cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies, “wellness shots & cleanses,” direct trade coffee, and organic vegan-friendly foods…from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.
  • The Larchmont Bungalow won another continuance last week in its latest criminal court appearance (the city is prosecuting the restaurant for operating without a certificate of occupancy, ignoring orders to comply, and violating a covenant signed by late owner Albert Mizrahi to be a take-out only business).  The next court date for the case is scheduled for late April.
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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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