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Elixir G expands to new flavor offerings

Elixir G, the ginger syrup best known as a top shelf cocktail mix, has expanded to two new flavors. Elixir C, cranberry, and Elixir V, vanilla, join the lineup and keep with the brand’s motif of natural, quality ingredients. Real sugar and carefully sourced fresh ginger play a critical role in all three flavors. And while ginger takes a back seat in Elixirs C and V, it delivers an ever-so-subtle zip to add pizzazz to any cocktail.

Designed with the holidays in mind but more than equipped to offer year-round libation, Elixirs C and V go well with vodka, champagne and plain ol’ club soda. Restaurants looking to add pizzazz to their drink programs can utilize these mixers for a number of martinis, wine cocktails and other mixed drinks. For more information, visit ElixirG.com.

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L.A.’s Banc of California Stadium unveils food lineup

Banc of California Stadium officially opened in Exposition Park on April 29, and will play home to Los Angeles Football Club [that’s a soccer team, for those wondering]. And with the stadium’s opening, of course, comes an array of local dining options brought in-house. Chicas Tacos, Bludso’s BBQ and Beer Belly are just a few L.A. favorites serving some of their signatures inside. 

Seoul Sausage, The Crest [French bread-style pizza], The Roost [nacho-like pita and shawarma plates], The Press [sandwiches and grilled cheese] and LA Rotisserie join the list. Three Weavers craft beer and CVT soft serve round out the featured culinary names at Banc of California Stadium, but don’t forget about your traditional stadium food—Rest assured, hot dogs will be served. For more information, visit LAFC.com/Stadium.

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Mickey’s Deli celebrates 65th anniversary

Mickey’s Deli, the South Bay’s First Pizza spot, celebrated 65 years in Hermosa Beach on April 7. The iconic restaurant celebrated with the community by giving away some of its iconic items that have kept it in business for so long—the first 65 people in line were treated to a free Mickey’s Combo, Sauce Sandwich or slice of pizza. Each customer after that was able to get any of those three items for only 65 cents each. 

Mickey’s Deli opened in 1953, when Michael Angelo “Mickey” Mance saved up $2,000 and took out a loan from his father to open up a deli at the age of 22. The Deli quickly became a favorite among local surfers that loved Mickey’s infamous sauce sandwich for its flavor and affordability. After Mickey passed away in 2011, his son, Paul, still carries on the family tradition and continues to be a favorite among the locals. Mickey’s Deli is known for their authentic Italian food including a variety of sandwiches, pizza, pastas, salads, and calzones. For more information, visit MickeysDeli.com.

Chin Chin Founder’s “My Little Dumpling” to open in West Hollywood

My Little Dumpling, set to be an ‘upscale casual’ spot in West Hollywood near The Beverly Center, is the newest brainchild of Robert and Anthony Mandler, the father-son partnership that founded the upscale Chinese restaurant chain Chin Chin back in 1983. In the same way that Chin Chin took off as a see-and-be-seen spot for classic New York City-style Chinese food, My Little Dumpling aims to replicate the model with a bit of modernization.

My Little Dumpling is set to be a full-service restaurant, offering dumplings, of course, as well as a few other classic Far East specialties, plus beer and wine. The restaurant is under construction, with hopes of opening in the late summer or early fall. 

New food hall to open in Downtown L.A.

DTLA’s historic Dearden’s furniture store is set to become the Norton building food hall and rooftop restaurant. ESI Ventures and Urban Offerings, two local development firms, have purchased the iconic property and plan to transform the Norton building into what looks to be a new foodie attraction. 

Restaurants have not yet been named for the upcoming food hall. ESI Ventures and Urban Offerings presented plans for the Norton Building to the L.A. Neighborhood Council in 2017, and while the development is set to move forward, no news of the project’s timeline released. Norton’s five-story building is on Los Angeles Street between Seventh and Eighth.