Koreatown’s Here’s Looking At You closed in mid-2020, an early and significant restaurant accident as a result of the ongoing global pandemic. The reactions to the closure were quick and sad, with many words of love for one of the city’s most imaginative culinary experiences. And now, in a surprising twist of fate, co-owner Lien Ta has announced a plan to likely return to the exact same corner restaurant, saying via Instagram that HLAY supporters could fund his return through a newly created GoFundMe page.
In less than 24 hours, the crowdfunding effort brought over $ 25,000 to the $ 100,000 goal, all in hopes of bringing staff, equipment, and even some favorite dishes back to the restaurant by December. It will be a welcome return as HLAY was a prominent LA favorite during his tenure, receiving awards like 2017 Restaurant of the Year from Food & Wine, a lot of love from the late food writer Jonathan Gold, and a placement on the national Eater 38 Essentielle Restaurant list. See Ta’s full statement below.
LA’s mandate for vaccine evidence begins today
It’s officially November 8th, which means LA vaccination mandate verification begins today. Officials won’t enforce the new law until Nov. 29 to give businesses a chance to prepare. However, locals should prepare to show proof of full vaccination to enter restaurants, bars, or indoor public spaces.
LA food writer brings talent north
A native of Lynwood and an LA food writer, Cesar Hernandez signed up as an associate restaurant reviewer with the San Francisco Chronicle this month. Hernandez has bylines in LAist, Thrillist, and LA Taco while serving as the head of the LA Taco app, which maintains a database of more than 700 tacos across Southland. He will make the trip north towards the end of November to cover the Bay Area.
Love for Santa Monica’s Le Petit Chez Mimi
The Santa Monica Daily Press portrayed legendary restaurant owner Madame Mimi, who began her dining trip on Abbott Kinney in 1976 before opening other projects in Pacific Palisades and beyond. She now runs Le Petit Chez Mimi in Colorado and Yale Avenue in Santa Monica.
LA restaurants are becoming viral TikTok sensations
Los Angeles restaurants are getting serious attention with TikTok, reports Thrillist. A video for Downtown’s The Red Chickz got 1.7 million views on the app, while restaurants like Veronica’s Kitchen and Fatima’s Halal Grill also got a lot of attention.
Wrap up bagus at the woon in historic Filipinotown
Popular Indonesian pop-up Bungkus Bagus announced a collaboration with Woon this Tuesday, November 9th, which will run from 6pm to 10pm. Visit the famous noodle maker’s historic Filipinotown spot and order Mie Goreng noodles, desserts, woons sake, beer and wines from Pinkies Up. No pre-orders this time; It is to eat or take away.