Worldwide chef David Chang seemed to have the city at his fingertips in September 2019. Majordomo was a big hit in faraway Chinatown, his restaurants in Las Vegas were ready to open, and his quick casual deep-fried chicken sale Fuku was straight arrived at Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. And although major plans were quickly delayed by the onset of the pandemic, it appears that Fuku is back and ready to conquer again.
In partnership with ghost kitchen operator Family Style Kitchens, Chang’s Fuku will now grow across Los Angeles and beyond, moving from Santa Monica to Culver City, Glendale, West LA and more. The leap means more fried chicken for the whole of Los Angeles and probably more options for home delivery to compete with the Postmates dominance of Angeleno brand Howlin ‘Ray’s. The new Fuku locations will also expand Chang’s reach beyond Los Angeles, with planned locations coming soon to Anaheim and San Diego. Expect these new virtual kitchens to start arriving around town as soon as next month.
Sad days and broken doors
The original Phorage in Palms was robbed over the weekend, with owner Perry Cheung unofficially saying two people appeared to have escaped with “virtually empty safes” in smash and grab. The aftermath is still visible on Instagram.
A new kind of family-style dinner
The Yangban Society of the Arts District launches a new “Yangban-style” dinner event on Thursday, March 24th. The plan is to sit people down for a family-style party that includes larger evening specials like braised beef ribs made in galbi style, fried chicken and abalone pot pie for sharing and more – in addition to the existing menu of delicacy disc snacks and favorites. The option of ongoing group meals (available evenings) is intended for an audience, with tables reserved for $ 50 per person through OpenTable.
All brunch on Sundays
Pez Cantina brings back its weekend brunch buffet after a long hiatus. The all-you-can-eat experience costs $ 40 per person and can be expanded with all-you-can-drink options like margaritas and mimosas. The brunch runs only on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and can be booked at Tock.
Linedance is back
Do you want to line dance again? There’s a place for it right now in Hollywood, as the tag-breathtaking Desert 5 Spot looks set to bring the rural series back this season. Tickets are available for the dance night on March 30 at Ticketsauce.
A Beverly Glen bistro is no more
Beverly Glen’s Jolie Bistro + Bar is suddenly closed, with a little notice given to regulars in the hillside jewel box. The last day of service for the Beverly Glen Center restaurant was March 13th.