Founder of Magic Hat Brewing, Alan Newman and Boston Beer Co. acquires L.A. microbrewery

After yesterday’s unconfirmed report on by Redditor djolliebaba about Magic Hat Brewing to open up a brewery in L.A. Today the Boston Herald reports that Alchemy & Science, a company launched by Boston Beer Co. and Alan Newman, founder of Magic Hat Brewing Co. is taking over Angel City Brewing‘s facility in downtown L.A. The report also states that it’s the first brewery for the portfolio in the newly formed company Alchemy & Science and the current owner of Angel City, Michael Bowe, will remain with Angel City for two years as an adviser. 216 South Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

See the full story Boston Beer Co. subsidiary buys L.A. microbrewer.


Handsome Coffee Roasters launching flagship location in L.A.

Coming February 15, Handsome Coffee Roasters will open their flagship coffee bar in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles. 2010 World Barista Champion Michael Phillips is joined by coffee pros Tyler Wells and Chris Owens as co-founders. Michael is the only American to ever win the title. Read More

Chef Celestino Drago to feature ‘Throwback’ dishes to say goodbye to Drago Santa Monica

After serving 21 years of authentic and modern Italian cuisine, Chef and Owner Celestino Drago will be closing Drago Santa Monica by the end of this month. In commemoration of Drago Santa Monica’s last 21 years, Chef Celestino is offering additional throwback menu items to the current menu featuring seven dishes from the original 1991 menu starting Monday, January 9th to the end of the month.

Although Drago Santa Monica will be missed, worry not, as you can still enjoy Chef Celestino’s other 3 restaurants Drago Centro in Downtown Los Angeles, Enoteca Drago and Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills. Chef Celestino also offers Drago Catering for private events at home as well as at Drago’s new event venue – Casa Bianca in Culver City. 2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403. 310-828-1585. Read More

Five-course Italian wine dinner at Prego Ristorante featuring seasonal ingredients

Prego Ristorante in Irvine, CA is hosting their first wine dinner of 2012 on Friday, January 27 at 7 PM. Executive Chef Ugo Allesina is featuring a five-course meal paired with wines from Italian winery Michele Chiarlo. “We want the first wine dinner of the year to set the tone for all future monthly events,” says chef Ugo. “Since our wine dinner menus are focused on seasonal ingredients, I will utilize the best produce available to me, and focus on winter comforts foods. This will be the first time we’ll be featuring Wild Boar at the restaurant, and I’m certain that guests will enjoy this stew.” Call 949-553-1333 for reservations. 18420 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, CA 92612. Read More


Urban Masala, casual Indian restaurant officially opens in Hollywood

Urban Masala has been soft opened since December and now is officially open on the touristy part of town serving up Indian dishes like: Chicken Tikka Masala bowl, Chana Masala (Indian chickpea stew with tomatoes) plates and Gulab Jamun (warm donuts floating in sweet syrup).

The fast casual restaurant will also serve beer and wine (waiting on liquor license) and lasis, masala tea and Indian sodas. Urban Masala will stay open late from Thursday to Saturday from 11 AM to 3 AM, and 11 AM to 11 PM from Sunday to Wednesday. 6554 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.