Culver City's Newest Bar & Barbershop:
NYC import Blind Barber, a combination barbershop and speakeasy located inside the Culver Center on Washington and Overland Boulevard, is hosting its soft opening -- starting next week and extending to the May 17 grand opening. Blind Barber's website bills itself as "a return to the 'Roaring Twenties,'" and promises "[a] concept [that] goes well beyond cuts, shaves and cocktails within a barbershop and lounge, but rather expands into all realms of the modern gentleman: Fashion, Music, Lifestyle, Grooming and others."
A door behind the retro barbershop leads to a full-on bar decked out in dark wood and red steel chairs, along with a small kitchen that will specialize in grilled cheese sandwiches. The coolest part? Each haircut will net you a free cocktail, such as the Sweeney Todd, made with Creole bitters, or the Smoke and Dagger, jalapeño-infused Cointreau.
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Korean Sausage Finds a Home:
Score another one for Little Osaka. Seoul Sausage Company, the Korean catering company that has gained a following for its kalbi and spicy pork sausages at several food festivals over the past year, announced it will be opening a brick-and-mortar location on Sawtelle Boulevard between Coffee Tomo and Blockheads Shaved Ice. Though the space is still under construction, the front window is plastered with pictures of the crew's meat-stuffing endeavors and trademark phrase "Make Sausage, Not War."
The Santa Monica location of Loteria Grill on Third Street Promenade is set to open for Cinco de Mayo, with plenty of tacos and margaritas for all. Meanwhile Echo Park pizzeria Two Boots will be expanding into a new downtown location on Broadway and Eighth that will officially open on April 30, but those in the know probably should wait until the May 2 launch party when complimentary pizza, live music and discounted drinks will be available.