Musso & Frank Grill has unveiled four brand new private dining rooms with special access entrances. The growth marks the first time since 1955 that the restaurant has added new dining space to its historic Hollywood Boulevard footprint. The new private dining rooms include one intimate room that offers a six to eight-person dining experience. The three other new rooms can be converted for larger receptions accommodating up to 50 people and a red-carpet entrance to the new rooms will also be available via Hollywood Blvd.

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Musso and Frank large private dining room (Tina Whatcott Echeverria)

On Friday, November 5 the Black women-owned Sip & Sonder will open its second location as an outpost in front of the Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, serving its house-roasted coffees and signature bites and pastries. Also coming soon, adjacent to the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion overlooking Grand Avenue, is Carney’s, the family-owned restaurant chain known for its iconic train on Sunset Blvd. and famous burgers and dogs. 

Neal Fraser’s annual Garden Party to benefit L.A.’s BEST takes place in the Redbird garden on Wednesday, November 10, and has invited chef friends from Agnes, Badmaash and Shibumi to participate including Nakul and Arjun Mahendro, David Schlosser, Aarón Sánchez, Johnny Sánchez and Stephen Kalt. L.A.’s BEST free Afterschool Enrichment Program aids elementary school students who attend close to 200 schools in neighborhoods with the fewest resources yet the greatest needs. Book here:

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Neal Fraser, Alex Weiser and L.A.’s BEST (Courtesy Redbird)

Acapulco and El Torito restaurants will be honoring veterans and active military with a free meal on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11. They can enjoy a complimentary 3-item combination plate from any of the chains’ locations. The offer is available all-day and is open to all military personnel with uniformed services identification. 

Also on Veterans Day from 5 a.m. to noon, active and inactive military personnel are invited to participate in Build Your Own Grand Slam, at Denny’s, which includes a choice of four items like buttermilk pancakes, eggs cooked to order, bacon strips, buttermilk biscuits and hash browns. Denny’s will also be taking its Mobile Relief Diner on the company’s second annual “Heroes Tour” to deliver free, hot meals to veterans and active military. Dates and locations will be announced here. The offer is valid for dine-in only at participating locations with a valid military ID or DD 214.

Strings of Life is transforming into a seasonal “S.O.L. Pie Shop” from Monday, November 15 through Thanksgiving Day. Holiday pies available by the slice or whole include:

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Fairy Bread Slice (Courtesy S.O.L.)


  • Fairy Bread Cream Pie with moist coconut cake, raspberry jam, coconut cream, topped with rainbow sprinkles (gluten-free and dairy-free).
  • Caramel Cream Pie with graham cracker base, baked caramel custard, vanilla cream and caramel pecan crunch.
  • Lemon Meringue Pie: sweet crust pie with baked lemon curd and toasted meringue. 
  • Basque Cheesecake: signature baked goat cheesecake scented with Meyer lemon and vanilla (gf).


Messhall Kitchen is kicking off the holiday season by hosting a prix-fixe California Coastal Wine Dinner on Tuesday, November 16. Executive Chef Charbel Adaimy is preparing a four-course menu for $85 per person that includes Brioche Uni Toast, Red Oak Tri-Tip, Spot Prawns, and Lava Cake, with biodynamic wines from Verdad Wine Cellars to pair each course. Tickets can be purchased at or by giving the restaurant a call at (323)-660-6377. 

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