Ralphs in Westwood now serves fast food while shopping
The largest grocery chain in the United States has just launched a new business model designed to marry the process of buying groceries while ordering a quick meal. It’s over in Westwood called Kitchen United MIX – by Ralphs and Kitchen United – with a combination of 10 local and national restaurants, including bushi by JINYA, Dog Haus, the Impossible Shop, Fresh Brothers Pizza and SAJJ Mediterranean.
Customers can enter the Westwood Ralphs at 10850 Le Conte Avenue, place a food order at a kiosk, and continue shopping while the order is fulfilled at the offsite location just 400 feet away for pickup or delivery. See the full list of restaurants here.
Ralphs’ parent company is Kroger, which closed five Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores in Southern California in 2021 after local governments ordered a $5 pay raise for essential grocery store workers.
Herbal in the New Year
Many of us are selecting plant-based foods in the new year – “vegan” is actually one thing – but it’s also a chance to experience LA’s abundance of vegan restaurants. the Los Angeles Times selected options in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Orange County.
Grand Central Market Cheese Shop
Lydia Clarke opened DTLA cheese eight years ago, but his last two years have been trying. Market of Kai Ryssdal ventured into Grand Central Market to document a candid conversation with Clarke about longevity, supply chain issues and staying the course.
Tiki Ti closes temporarily
After a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, Los Angeles’ most famous tiki bar has temporarily closed. This is an unfortunate but fairly common practice in late 2021 and 2022 as bars and restaurants figure out how to navigate the growing numbers of the omicron variant.
The Santa Monica Vaccination Mandate
The Santa Monica City Council yesterday elected to delay a vote that would require restaurants, gyms and salons to require proof of a COVID-19 vaccine for employees and customers inside. The decision came after a marathon meeting that ended earlier this morning. the Santa Monica Daily Press has the whole story.
A hard seltzer festival in Long Beach
Seltzerland hit the road in the summer of 2021, covering 22 cities. The next stop? Long Beach, reports Longbeachize.
First-generation immigrant restaurateurs
It’s not uncommon for first-generation immigrants to open a restaurant in the United States, with a potential path to fulfilling their dreams and earning a good income. But it comes with significant risks, reports the counter.