Waste not, want not. That’s what the holidays are all about this year for Silver Lake restaurateur Christina Rivera. The co-owner of Gobi Mongolian BBQ House is keeping a watchful eye on the excess food her restaurant does not use. As the LA Times reports, Rivera and other restaurant industry insiders are looking to combat the 30% annual rise in food waste in the last 30 years. Rivera is doing her part, and recently changed restaurant policy on all-you-can-eat-nights. Any plate with leftover food is now charged an extra fee. The policy has left some patrons with a bad taste in their mouths, but Gobi Mongolian BBQ House is looking to be more than just another lopsided statistic.
In other Shopper & Diner News:
- Highland Park shoppers will be able to get all their one of a kind, handmade gifts this weekend as Eastside Handmade market pops up on Sunday, December 8. Racked LA says the market will be operating from 12 pm to 5 pm at vintage furniture store, Shopclass, and will include over 40 local artisans.
- Eater LA reports that Barbrix owners Claudio Blotta and wife Adria are eyeing a new Italian restaurant for the Atwater Village space recently vacated by Acapulco.
- Changes are flowing in Atwater faster than the Scottish Stout on tap at Morrison. Eater LA notes that the Scottish gastropub has brought on a new food and beverage team. Stave Calabro of Red O, Craig’s has signed on as cocktail director, and Michael Ruiz of Cobras & Matadors is the new executive chef.
- Lemongrass looks to appeal to hungry co-eds, as the Eagle Rock mainstay opens up a third location closer to the Occidental College campus. Eater LA says, the low-key Vietnamese eatery plans to sprout up in small, empty strip mall on the corner of Eagle Rock and York Blvd.
Marni Epstein is a freelance writer and music journalist who has also worked in both the film and digital media industries.