Mobile vegans and Holy Cow arrive in Redondo, Belt becomes Spot in Hermosa, Brazilian BBQ in ES

There’s been a flurry of openings and announcements over the past week, some of which appear to have been rushed as landlords scramble to get that precious summer tourist traffic. I will pass by city from south to north, then I will tell you the events to come…

BBQ by the sea: Ruby’s by the Redondo Pier closed a year and a half ago, and there has been speculation about who might move into this prime marina-view location. Carnivores will celebrate the answer – it’s a new location for the famous Holy Cow barbecue chain. I visited their location in Culver City and found the meats and sides to be excellent. I’m not the only one – Texas Monthly Magazine has raved about the place, and Texans are notoriously picky about this stuff. This will be the fourth slot in the chain. The opening is scheduled for mid-June…

The vegan alternative: Those who prefer plant-based foods don’t have to wait for another option to become available. Lil’ Vegerie recently opened in a mall on PCH, replacing the never-to-be-successful Taqueria Supremex. Lil’ Vegerie offers a short menu of surprisingly multicultural bowls and salads, with cauliflower shawarma, pumpkin curry and even a Philly cheesesteak with mushrooms. If you’ve ever wondered what vegetarians eat in Pennsylvania, you might want to order this when you visit. It’s takeout only, so whatever you get, you’ll eat it elsewhere (800S. PCH, Suite A, RB)…

Crafting a mystery: A sign at the old Party House Liquor in Riviera Village has been up for months announcing “Something awesome is coming,” and now we know what it is. The new business will be called The Craftsman and is not affiliated with a location of the same name in Santa Monica. It’s owned by local businessman John Safar, who owns two other restaurants in Torrance, and will offer American cuisine paired with wine and beer in a casual atmosphere. The opening is scheduled for late 2022 or early 2023…

Other things of note in Redondo are the arrival of Pure Bean Coffee on the corner of PCH and Artesia, and the construction of another El Tarasco on Artesia near Inglewood. The El Tarasco is notable because there are already seven places serving Mexican food between Hawthorne and PCH, a distance of just over two miles. It seems like a curious move to build another one, but the Tarasco chain pulled it off, so we assume they know what they’re doing. Prospects for another Artesia spot seem less certain, as Slider Stop still hasn’t reopened after what was supposed to be a brief shutdown. The restaurant had odd hours when it was open, scheduled for Thursday to Sunday but not always followed. I thought their made to order fried chicken was the best in South Bay, but it seems I have to look for a new favorite locally… Finally,

And in Hermosa: The former Greenbelt restaurant at 36 Pier Plaza has just changed ownership and concept, but a very similar name – it’s now Greenspot. Contrary to some rumours, this is not a vegetarian restaurant, but a modern and relaxed cafe that will be open from brunch to dinner. The ownership is the same as the nearby Café Bonaparte, so if you ask them for recommendations for a place to grab a pastry after your meal, I can predict the answer. Bonaparte has been working to open a partner restaurant in Redondo, but it will take a little longer than expected. They are waiting for the permits, so probably not before the beginning of July…

El Segundo Updates: Manhattan Beach has been eerily quiet with one exception: the reopening of Marine Ramen. This restaurant closed for three months due to staffing difficulties, and at one point people at their sister restaurant in Culver City said it would not reopen. However, they are once again giving out ramen, sushi and simple entrees at the corner of Marine and Highland… There’s a lot going on just across the line in El Segundo. The famous chain Fogo de Chao has opened a Brazilian barbecue on Rosecrans in the former Grimaldi’s. I’ve been to their locations in Beverly Hills and downtown LA, and a rodizio meal is always an experience. Waiters in gaucho-inspired uniforms bring skewers to your table and slice to order, a style of dining they pioneered in the United States. Even those who don’t like barbecued meat can enjoy the place, as their “table du marché” buffet is richly stocked with hot and cold dishes. The reduced number of people in the Rosecrans offices led many, including me, to predict a crash for restaurants in the area, but the downturn was milder than expected. Many local restaurants had a strong enough clientele to keep them open even though the businesses surrounding them were operating with reduced staff. Fogo is enough of a destination restaurant that I expect they will tap into a wide radius (2121 Rosecrans, ES)… Another restaurant that opened recently has an unusual location and price structure. Each table is inside a corporate building and invisible from the street, and despite their address on Aviation, they are only accessible from Utah Street. While the menu at each location is the same, the prices are not — the mission-driven company sets them based on prevailing wages in the neighborhood. It’s an unusual approach to food justice issues, but it obviously works because they have 26 locations around Los Angeles (555 S. Aviation, ES)… Finally, the new occupant of the former Second City space has been announced, and by the name of “Porterhouse: Bourbon and Bones” one guesses what they will be used for. News about the new American barbecue, the Brazilian barbecue and a steakhouse in the same edition of this column seem to indicate that despite a general consensus on the decline meat consumption, South Bay is bucking the trend…

Event alerts!… Most of the food and wine events that usually liven up the summer have been canceled, but some restaurants have stepped up to offer their own. Mama Terano at Rolling Hills Estates will host an event on June 5 featuring winemaker Greg Allen of the Quattro Dias winery. There will be five courses and six wines for $70 and up. T&T – call the restaurant at 310-377-5757 to reserve… Radici in Hermosa will be hosting an event featuring Battaglini wines on June 9 – price is $95, and reservation can be made by phone or via the form of contact via email on their website at radicihermosabeach.com…

And in closing: I’ve heard about several of these restaurants from readers like you, and I like every one of them. If you know of a restaurant opening I might have missed, or a culinary event that should be covered, please send me the information. I am at [email protected] And while you’re on the internet, check out past restaurant reviews on our website at Easyeadernews.com. Emergency room

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