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Elysian Valley: How do you go viral? Rick’s Drive In & Out restaurant at Riverside and Fletcher drives stumbled into it by proclaiming “SPAGHETTI IS BACK” on its marquee. Ever since, the sign has been referenced by photos, memes, tourists, social media posts, even Halloween costumes, the L.A. Times said. It's all because Rick’s stopped selling spaghetti when indoor dining shut down during the pandemic. Then the owners brought it back, and they sincerely just wanted people to know. Now they sell out of spaghetti twice a week. “It’s crazy, you know?” a manager told the Times. “We run out; we’ve gotta make sure we have it.”
Congressman Adam Schiff has launched his re-election campaign. Schiff represents California's 28th congressional district. But, because of redistricting, Schiff will run in the race to represent the 30th congressional district, which includes most of the area he has long represented. The primary will be held June 7 before the Nov. 8 election.
The intersection of Sunset and Alvarado is riddled with potholes - or did you already know that? After the Eastsider posted a video from that intersection, ABC 7 followed up, saying residents have been complaining about potholes for years. But don't try complaining to the city about it. That part of Alvarado is part of a state highway, which is the responsibility of CalTrans. Crews were out there this week patching things up, but the crossing is still pretty lumpy.
Echo Park: Slow Burn, which describes itself as an Asian smokehouse, will replace the former Bar Avalon in the Mohawk Collective shopping center, 2112 Sunset Blvd. A menu has not been posted, but Slow Burn's Instagram includes photos of lamb ribs and purple sticky rice with mango.
El Ruso, which operates taco trucks in Silver Lake and Boyle Heights, is spotlighted in the Los Angeles Times. Columnist Gustavo Arellano uses El Ruso to advocate easing the bureaucratic pressure and rules on street food vendors. “Forget about legalizing them — just let them do their thing,” Arellano wrote, “and let customers decide whether they survive or naturally shut down.” El Ruso landed in the Times recent list of the 101 best restaurants in Southern California.
East LA: A pop-up testing site will operate every Thursday during this month at Centro Estrella, 4701 East Cesar E Chavez Ave, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment or I.D. is required.
East LA: The L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk has temporarily closed its Cesar Chavez Avenue office amid the COVID surge. Go here for available office and online services.
Before you trash your Christmas tree, the L.A. Bureau of Sanitation and the L.A. County Department of Public Works are offering to recycle your tree instead through the middle of January (we're talking real trees, not the artificial ones).
The rules are slightly different if you live in the City or unincorporated East L.A. But generally, you need to remove ornaments, lights and stand. Then place the tree next to your trash bins on collection day (small trees can be cut up and placed in the green bin). Sorry, flocked trees can't be recycled.