Valentino Opening Primi Al Mercato at S.M. Place; Villains Throws Trivia Tuesdays in Downtown

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Piero Selvaggio Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

Beverly Hills: M Cafe chef Lee Gross is holding a $35 cooking demo and dinner this Thursday from 7:00-9:00 P.M. The chef will demonstrate how to make two soup and one salad recipe, to be eaten after its prepared. [Grub Street]
Despite some speculation about a rumored closing-to-come on Eater, La Bottega Marino is doing just fine, thanks for asking. [Squid Ink]
Culver City: This May, Jin Yamada is opening a location of his Ramen Yamadaya at the former location of Hoagies and Wings on Washington. [Feast]
Downtown: Villains Tavern is starting a Trivia Tuesday event tomorrow evening at 7:30 P.M. with L.A.'s King Trivia. Winners get credit at the bar, while Great Balls on Tires' Michael David introduces a new burger. Those with Downtown zip codes on their IDs get $2 off cocktails and beer. [Grub Street]
The Belasco opened Downtown to serve wine along with art performances in an restored theater built in 1926. Only just open, Deadmau5 has already played the joint. [Urban Daddy]

Pasadena: The Raymond is doing some construction work to revitalize its patio spaces. [Eater]
Santa Monica: This May, Piero Selvaggio's Valentino Restaurant Group will help open Primi Al Mercato at Santa Monica Place. On one side, it will be a restaurant serving unique pasta creations with noodles made on the spot, while on the other, you'll find a retail market. [Grub Street]
Monarca Bakery is giving 20% of its cake revenue to support the ECOLife Foundation's efforts to preserve Monarch butterfly habitats. [LAW/Squid Ink]
West Hollywood: Authentic German Currywurst of Los Angeles has put up "coming soon" signage at 109 N. Fairfax, continuing the city's craze for all things 'wursty. Expect an opening this spring. [Mondette]
8 Oz. Burger has closed for a month for a refresh of its space. [Eater]