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Looking for a Guide to L.A.'s Coffee Scene? There's an App for That

By Eric Richardson — August 26, 2011 — 2 Comments

Los Angeles isn't traditionally known as a coffee city, but that's changing. A new app tries to catalogue that growth and offer a guide to where to find it.

Downtown's Two Nickels

By Eric Richardson — August 11, 2011 — 5 Comments

Main Street's Nickel Diner is about to celebrate its third birthday, but look back through old photos and you may just find the Big Nickel, its 1940s doppelgänger.

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Perch Debuts Far Above Pershing Square

By Eric Richardson — July 28, 2011 — 10 Comments

13 months after the closure of The Must, Rachel Thomas and Coly Den Haan are back to Downtown nightlife with the opening of Perch, a lounge far above Pershing Square.

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Roasting Big Plans in the Arts District

By Eric Richardson — July 14, 2011 — 9 Comments

Tyler Wells, Chris Owens and Mike Phillips are coffee nerds, and not afraid to admit it. Their Handsome Coffee Roasters is ready to get to know its neighbors in the Arts District.

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Hooters Putting on Final Touches for Monday Opening

By Eric Richardson — July 08, 2011 — 7 Comments

Waitresses in bright orange hot pants will make their Downtown debut on Monday, as Hooters opens its new restaurant across the street from the Convention Center.

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Success of Express Program Touted for Restaurants

By Eric Richardson — June 30, 2011 — 1 Comment

The city's year-old effort to cut in half the time to open a restaurant is a success say those who ask to see it as a model for cutting planning times in other sectors.

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Green Distiller Moving to Southeast Arts District

By Eric Richardson — June 21, 2011 — 2 Comments

Green distiller GreenBar Collective is planning a move that will bring its organic spirit production to the southern edge of the Arts District.

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Homeboy Diner Debuts Inside City Hall

By Eric Richardson — June 10, 2011 — 1 Comment

City Hall got a smartly designed new eatery on Thursday as the Homeboy Diner opened its doors on the iconic structure's second floor.

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A Bevy of Food Updates

By Eric Richardson — May 25, 2011 — 32 Comments

Downtown's residential development may have slowed, but food and nightlife continues to explode. We've fallen behind on coverage, but here are 18 bites of catch-up news.

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The Must Lands at Pershing Square

By Eric Richardson — March 22, 2011 — 34 Comments

Coly Den Haan and Rachel Thomas of The Must plan to reopen their popular wine bar at 5th and Hill this fall, but first they're at work on Perch, a rooftop lounge with 360-degree views.

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Little 'Semi Sweet' Has Big Plans

By Pamela Rouse — March 07, 2011 — 10 Comments

A small space on 6th marks the end of a long search for the pair of Historic Core residents who are working to open Semi Sweet Bakery this summer.