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  • Remember Han Cholo? It’s been about  two years since Han Cholo closed its barrio-fabulous jewelry store in Echo Park (the storefront is now home to CookbookLA). But Han Cholo owners and designers – Brandon Schoolhouse and Guillaume Pajolec – are still going strong, reports L.A. Weekly.  Says the story: “Snoop Dogg has donned Cholo’s Star Wars–inspired rings on every finger, while Gwen Stefani has rocked singular classics, including a ghetto-blaster ring and belt buckle.”
  • Vegan Carnitas: Highland Park’s Plant Food for People will be serving up tacos filled with vegan carnitas – made from jackfruit -and other favorites at an all-vegan barbecue this Saturday at Figueroa Produce, according to Patch.  Chef and co-owner Genise Castaneda announced plans last month to open a vegan-drive-thru on York Boulevard but don’t expect that open until next year.
  • Young Brewers: Meet the pair of twentysomethings that will be running Golden Road Brewing,  the large craft-brewery and restaurant proposed for the industrial north end of Atwater Village.  Meg Gill, 26, and Jon Carpenter, 29, will operate what will be L.A.’s largest craft brewery, says the L.A. Weekly (The Eastsider reported on the brewery plans back in May). Tony Yanow, who is opening Mohawk Bend in Echo Park, is one of the owners.
  • Open, Already: Speaking of Mohawk Bend …  The Echo Park  bar and restaurant had announced it would open June 28. That never happened and reports and rumors spread last week that the 234- seat restaurant could open this past Monday.  That date also came and went without an opening, disappointing the many diners and drinkers ready to patronize what has been dubbed “The Bend.”  In a post on Tuesday on the Mohawk Bend Facebook page:  one person said “When do you open? GoDaddy said you opened Monday, and I made big date plans to come in on Wednesday – now it appears you are not open. PLEASE ADVISE ASAP! Thank you.”  In reply, Mohawk Bend said it would “not be open for at least a few more days, maybe another week.”

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