NSYNC’s Lance Bass to Open America’s Largest Gay Nightclub in West Hollywood
The Santa Monica corridor between San Vicente and Robertson will soon have another club to add in West Hollywood. A new club called Heart – replacing the historic Rage club – opens February 11 from the owners of the popular Rocco’s, which is just across the street.
Another partner in this venture is Lance Bass from NSYNC. WeHoville writes that advertisements for Heart bill it as “the biggest gay nightclub in the United States”. The 37-year-old Rage closed in September 2020 after a dispute with the owner and COVID-19 restrictions that prevented people from congregating inside. West Hollywood clubs have taken a beating since the onset of COVID-19, but Heart and the upcoming Or Bar could help turn the tide.
An incident between taqueros in Whittier
A taco truck driver has been arrested after allegedly vandalizing a competitor’s booth last Thursday. Whittier Sheriffs arrested Carlos Plascencia after he poured water on Tacos La Guera’s cooking drums and doused his wares with a fire extinguisher. There are a lot of details, and the Los Angeles Times has the whole story.
Holey Grail Donuts in Santa Monica
Holey Grail Donuts will move permanently to former Main Street Ben & Jerry’s in Santa Monica, writes Toddrickallen.
A new Cal-French Bistro at South Coast Plaza
Chefs Ross Pangilinan and Nick Weber have announced they will be opening Populaire at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa in late April/early May. Both are proteges of influential Los Angeles chef Joachim Splichal, who recently parted ways with the Patina band.
A new facelift for the Queen Mary in Long Beach
The Queen Mary has struggled in recent years with delinquent operators, broken leases and the threat of flooding. Last week, Long Beach officials announced that a $5 million repair project will begin in February to repair the historic ship and former hotel, writes the Los Angeles Time.
An Argentina-powered pop-up at the Gran Blanco
Great White – owned by the same crew as Great White – will host an Amigos pop-up at the Gran Blanco tonight from 6-10 p.m. Tato Giovannoni who founded the popular speakeasy in Buenos Aires Floreria Atlanticowith dishes from Max Chow of Mr. Chow’s of Beverly Hills and the Argentinian chef Leo Lanussol, who was previously with Varro in Venice. Book a seat at Resy.
A Zoom oenology class at Vinovore
The famous wine merchant Vinovore has brought back his Zoom Wine Course this month. The remaining two classes on February 3 and 10 still have room, and each WINEesplaining class includes the two women who made wines for tasting during each session. Each course is $60 each and you can register here.
The History of the Highland Park Chicken Boy Statue
If you drove down Figueroa near Avenue 56, you saw the Chicken Boy statue. Check out Norberto Briceño’s TikTok, who shares his restaurant experience on this historic LA landmark.