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Tiny Escuela Taqueria Opens Friday on Stanley at Beverly

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Escuela Taqueria, the latest labor of love by Los Angeles Restaurateur Steven Arroyo, will open tomorrow, June 17 for dinner with breakfast and lunch to follow in the coming weeks. This tiny jewel box of a restaurant with only twenty-five seats will serve a small, ever-changing menu of about a dozen tacos influenced by the markets and local ranchers.

Guests can expect to enjoy tacos with fillings ranging from duck and pork to birria and some traditionally low-end cuts like tongue and cheek, all served with inspired accompaniments like pickled cactus and onions, habanero cole slaw, and pumpkin seed gremolata. Two tacos are served per order and range from $6 to $8.

Side dishes to complement the tacos will include calabacita (summer squash) and elotes (Mexican-style corn on the cob), and customary rice and beans. Churros, and Palletas (popsicles) and Raspadas (Mexican shaved ice) made with fresh fruit juices, herbs, and spices, will provide a sweet ending.

Mexican breakfasts will vary between Migas, Chilaquiles, or Pozole and will be served Monday through Friday until noon, and Saturday and Sunday until 3pm.

Escuela will not serve beer, wine, or liquor. Guests, instead, will have their choice of Agua Frescas made fresh daily and a selection of imported soft drinks.

“I call my taqueria Escuela, which translates to school, because everything that I’ve learned about life has been poured into this restaurant” shares Arroyo.

Arroyo’s upbringing was centered around food-focused celebrations with a special love affair with tacos. His grandmother owned a small taqueria in East L.A. and Escuela Taqueria is a result of the passion for “really great food” shared by the generations in his family.

In addition to the great pride Arroyo takes in the food served at his restaurants, he also meticulously designs each space to create a playful, provocative, and inviting setting for a memorable meal. At Escuela Taqueria this style is punctuated by a ceiling full of old chairs jauntily hanging overhead to provoke memories of times gone by. This charming setting provides an intimate and nostalgic stage for traditional tile work and whimsical details.

Steven Arroyo’s restaurant accomplishments include such notable eateries as Cobras & Matadors (which soon celebrates its 10th Anniversary) and Potato Chips on Beverly Boulevard. Arroyo is also the co-founder of Malo in Silver Lake (which was sold in 2008), and sole-founder of Church & State (sold in 2010).

Escuela Taqueria pledges honest pricing, warm and inviting service, and affectionately prepared meals, or in the words of Arroyo, “love for sale”.

Located at 308 North Stanley Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036, just steps from Beverly Boulevard, Escuela Taqueria will be open for dinner from 6pm to 11pm. The restaurant may be reached at (323) 939-TACO or (323) 939-8226.

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Byredo Store and Gucci Rooftop Restaurant Open in Bev Hills

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BEVERLY HILLS (the Hollywood Reporter) — The Hollywood Reporter ‘s Shop Talk guide covers retail openings and boutique news in Los Angeles.

It now reports that Gucci’s Rooftop Restaurant is now serving Beverly Hills High-fashion foodies on Rodeo Drive and can match their sartorial tastes with luxurious dining.

The Italian fashion house’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, has once again tapped culinary collaborator Massimo Bottura to open Gucci Osteria, the Michelin three-star chef’s second outpost for the brand and his first U.S. location.

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Still Raucous & Rockin’: WeHo’s Landmark Barney’s Beanery Turns 100

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (High Brow Magazine) — Call it a recipe for success 100 years in the making.

Take the freewheeling Americana spirit of Route 66; mix in some classic, old school Hollywood performers; add a bunch of pool tables; sprinkle in some pop art; throw in a few episodes of “Columbo”; blend in the mold-breaking attitude of The Doors, Janis Joplin, and “Easy Rider”; introduce a healthy serving of Beatniks, authors, screenwriters, architects and artists.

Stir in a delectable menu of comfort foods like chili, waffles, pancakes, burgers, pizza, burritos, and onion soup; pour on dozens of beers from around the world; create the most raucous, free-wheeling, game-playing and hard-rocking atmosphere imaginable and then heat the whole concoction up with a killer soundtrack from the iconic rock scene of the defining 1960s Sunset Strip/Laurel Canyon music era.

And that’s how you would design the one and only Barney’s Beanery, the legendary West Hollywood restaurant and bar that’s turning 100 this […]

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Gucci Osteria: Rodeo Drive’s New Rooftop Restaurant Opens Feb 17

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BEVERLY HILLS (Timeout) — Pablo Enriquez High fashion meets haute cuisine when Gucci opens its first—and only— Gucci Osteria in the U.S., with a little help from one of the world’s most acclaimed chefs.

Starting Monday, February 17, you can perch atop the iconic Rodeo Drive (and the Gucci store) in the fashion house’s new Italian gem, a breezy alfresco 50-seat number from three–Michelin-starred chef Mossimo Bottura, and dine on pizza-inspired risotto, delicate tortellini in parmigiano reggiano cream, and even a few dishes inspired by Los Angeles: a departure from the original Osteria’s outpost in Florence, and the forthcoming location in Ginza, Tokyo.

Bottura himself won’t be relocating to our sunny city, but he has moved much of his team from Florence. “They’re all here to live the dream […]

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