Kalbis Grill Disappears On Olympic

An eagle-eyed reader (Thanks Jennifer!) noticed that something was missing from the strip mall on the corner of Sepulveda and Olympic, so I went by to check it out.  Sure enough, longtime resident and local go-to for Korean, Kalbis Grill has disappeared from their space at 11102 W Olympic.  A sign of the times: the space has been quickly converted into a COVID-19 test center.

Update:  Thanks J for keeping me straight, Kalbis turned into Poke Republic, Subway turned into the COVID testing center.

Balconi Coffee Quits Sawtelle Japantown

I heard from a deeply saddened reader (Sorry RK…) that innovative java shop  Balconi Coffee Company had permanently closed its doors at 11301 W Olympic Blvd. #124.  Sure enough, the space is gutted and there’s a gracious note affixed to the front (that you can also read here) explaining their reasoning.  Apparently, Balconi was a pioneer in the use of the siphon method for making coffee.  All is not lost though, the note promises that they are looking for a “safe time and location to reopen” and in the mean time they will be doing pop-ups and event collaborations.  We wish them the best of luck…

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Mogu Mogu Taking Over The Dosanko Space On Olympic

The address at 11555 Olympic Blvd. in LA is proving itself to be a tricky one.  It used to be popular Ramenya, then Dosanko Ramen tried its luck, which sadly ran out.  Now a plucky new ramen and mazemen (no-broth ramen) joint named Mogu Mogu is poised to move in, at least according to a rather small announcement taped to the front door.  We wish them the best of luck.

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