One of LA’s most popular burger pop-ups will open its first brick-and-mortar restaurant this fall. Heavy Handed, which operates first as a sidewalk sandwich operation, then as a food truck that travels around breweries and events in the LA area, will head to Santa Monica. Owners Danny Gordon and Max Miller’s first restaurant will continue to offer Heavy Handed short rib burgers topped with American cheese, grilled onions and homemade pickles with sides of French fries. lard, but the restaurant – which will take over the former Edobox by Makoto space – will expand its menu to serve snacks, craft beers and natural wines bottled and glassed. Heavy Handed’s goal of opening the first restaurant in early October; Additional brick-and-mortar sites are planned, while the food truck will continue to operate as a catering vehicle.
2912 Main St., Santa Monica, heavyhanded.la
Plant-based restaurant Seabirds Kitchen, which already has locations in Costa Mesa and Long Beach, is now serving its vegan dishes in Los Feliz. Owner Stephanie Morgan’s local chain (“Great Food Truck Race”) serves items like jackfruit nachos, grilled mushroom tacos, homemade burgers, vegetarian bibimbap, and kombucha floats. At its latest local, Seabirds showcased Los Feliz-exclusive treats like blackened radish tacos and caponata with cashew burrata. Seabirds is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with brunch expected after that.
2138 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 407-6034, seabirdskitchen.com
Chef Cameron Slaugh (Osteria La Buca, The Attic) has opened the first phase of his long-planned Nonna Mercato in Long Beach. The cafe offers croissants, cookies, loaves, bagels, hand-baked cakes, tarts, espresso bars and takeaways, as well as cabinet staples food that dates back to Slaugh’s Pandemic Nonna at Home business. It is expected to expand with the dining menu in the future. Inspired by its French and Italian heritage, Slaugh’s menu now includes French pastries, freshly made pasta, jars of home preserves, salad dressings and fresh ricotta, plus lunch and dinner service. . Nonna Mercato is open Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 6pm
3722 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, (562) 595-1100, nonnamercato.com
Lotus Dim Sum Duum House
A new dim sum spot from a thriving group of restaurants is opening in Santa Monica. Lotus Dim Sum Dumpling House – part of the team behind Wokcano, Big Catch Seafood House and EMC Seafood and Raw Bar – is open daily and offers homemade xiao long bao, rice rolls, shumai, kebabs, and dumplings and other classics in the space of the former PF Chang. Complementary dishes, including pan-fried noodles, other side dishes and sushi are also available, as well as beer, wine, sake and cocktails such as martinis. Lotus Dim Sum Dulings House is open Monday through Wednesday from noon to 9:30pm, Thursday and Sunday from 11:30am to 9:30pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11:30am to 10:30pm: 30 pm
326 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (424) 380-5500, Lotusdimsum.com
Featuring chirashi, teriyaki, bulgogi, shumai and more, Beverly Grove’s new fast and casual restaurant, Bop, serves a wide range of Asian appetizers and rice bowls with a focus on Japanese and Korean cuisine. Country. The menu offers kaisen-don dishes like chirashi and tuna cake, as well as tortillas, karaage, Spam musubi, garlic noodles, katsu plates, gyoza, and garlic noodles. The Bop is open daily from 11:30am to 8:45pm
8234 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323) 592-3565, instagram.com/the_bop_on_3rd
https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2022-08-03/popular-smash-burger-pop-up-heavy-handed-first-restaurant Burger pop-up Heavy Handed to launch first restaurant