Silver Lake’s Casita del Campo celebrates 60 years with margaritas
Silver Lake’s treasured Casita Del Campo has reached the milestone of 60 years. The iconic Mexican restaurant known for its pink decor, stiff drinks and long LGBTQ history will celebrate with an all-out party on Sunday, May 15. Expect a special anniversary menu for lunch and dinner.
Meanwhile, West Third Street staple El Carmen (which has been serving tacos and cocktails since 1997), nods at 25 this week. To celebrate the continued greatness of one of LA’s best laid-back Mexican bars and restaurants, the Sean MacPherson-owned hotspot is hosting two different party nights, starting with Cinco de Mayo on Thursday. Expect $10 homemade margaritas and beer and shot combos that day, followed Friday by the arrival of Mariachi Amigos from Los Angeles. The party will go on until 2am on both nights.
In other Cinco de Mayo news, there’s a Family Style party happening Thursday at the Hollywood Roosevelt with Topo Chico hard seltzers and food from El Ruso.
At 9433 Brighton Way in Beverly Hills, the Croft Alley crew is also hosting a free Happy Hour taco and drink party on Thursday, starting at 4 p.m.
Drink for a cause
Author Natasha David celebrates the release of a new book Drink lightly at Death & Co. in the Arts District on Tuesday, May 10 in the standing room of the bar. Tickets ($25) come with a copy of the book as well as cocktails and food, and 100% of proceeds go to the nonprofit Another Round Another Rally, which provides direct financial support to workers hospitality industry affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. .
A loss of Chinatown
Chef “Lupe” Yening Liang of Chinatown’s Hop Woo has died, reports LA Taco, which profiled the chef in 2019. The Los Angeles Times has its own tribute on Liang, as well as a full retelling of the chef’s very personal story. The family set up a GoFundMe page to help offset the cost of Liang’s funeral. We will miss him.
Some shiny newcomers are coming
In Orange County, caviar specialist Petrossian has opened at South Coast Plaza, keeping only lunch hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, for now. The French-influenced menu is inside the Tiffany & Co. store, which means collaborative cocktails, side dishes, and a very stylish dining room.
And downtown, a new tenant has emerged for the former Cafe Pinot space, which closed its doors after a quarter century as a mainstay of the Los Angeles dining scene. The new tenant of the former space belonging to Patina is none other than Global Dining Inc. (La Boheme, 1212 Santa Monica), which plans to revamp the airy space of the restaurant and its 250 seats (including 200 outside ), located directly in front of the Los Angeles Central Library at Maguire Gardens. Real estate company Silverstein Properties was behind the acquisition of the new tenant.