After two years at Bell Gardens, beloved Los Angeles Afro-Mexican restaurant Tamales Elena y Antojitos has announced on its website that the two-year-old restaurant is permanently closed. The family food trailer remains open for business in Wilmington and 109 Street in Watts.
Chef Maria Elena Lorenzo and her family opened the drive-through and sit-down restaurant in July 2020, where she caused a stir by serving regional Afro-Latino specialties from La Costa Chica in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Guerrerens are known for their pozoles, moles, pescado a la talla (grilled fish on stakes) and tamales wrapped in banana leaves. Lorenzo started his business over 20 years ago as a street food vendor in Watts, eventually operating from a moving trailer before opening this first full-time location. The Watts trailer is open daily from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m., except Wednesdays.
The big resignation, but for LA restaurateurs
The Los Angeles Times took a close look at the mass of restaurant and hospitality workers who have left the industry since the early days of the pandemic.
Demonstration in Smorgasburg
As Smorgasburg fans walked through the weekly market on Sunday, May 22, the Chinese Fair Development Community staged a protest. CCED cites a number of reasons for the protest via Instagram, but the effort was directed at developer Atlas Capital and Smorgasburg operators, declaring its fight for housing and economic justice in Chinatown, and “disturbing” Atlas Capital. to take advantage of the AAPI month.
Santa Monica extends outdoor dining park permits through fall
Originally launched as a pilot ordinance during the pandemic, Santa Monica officials announced its extension along with fee waivers for temporary use permits that allow curbside dining through September 30.
Cinque Terre West does brunch
Cinque Terre West has launched an almost daily brunch menu from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Make a reservation and head to this cozy patio for omelettes and baked eggs with arrabbiata sauce.