Alex Stratta Joining Scarpetta Beverly Hills; 50-Cent Drinks Tomorrow at Coffee Bean

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Atwater Village: A Puerto Rican restaurant named Old San Juan is opening on January 18 under chef Luis Castro. [Eater]
Beverly Hills: Las Vegas chef Alex Stratta is taking up the executive chef role at Scarpetta, while chef de cuisine Freddy Vargas is going to work for Mercato di Vetro. [Eater]
Citywide: Participating locations of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will celebrate its 50th year anniversary tomorrow with 50-cent hot drinks like English toffee lattes and Ice Blendeds and Chai Tea Lattes. [GS]
Culver City: Sang Yoon flew all the way to Hong Kong and all he got is a bag of green Sichuan peppercorns and memories. [Food Republic]
Downtown: Zach Brooks gives early praise to Oleego by Park's BBQ and Juicy Lucy at Figat7th, even if he doesn't give much of a damn who Paul Shoemaker is. [Midtown Lunch]

Los Feliz: Brandon Boudet is holding a dinner based on his copy of vintage Italian cookbook In Bocca on Thursday night at Little Dom's. A la carte dishes from the book will be served until closing. [Squid Ink]
Mid-City: Jar chef Suzanne Tracht is teaming up with Huntington Meats on January 20 at The O.G. Farmers Market for a demo exploring pork. $100 entry buys dishes from Tracht like pork belly, pork tenderloin salad with arugula and crisp lardo, and braised pork shank. Full info. At 323-938-538. [LAT]
Pasadena: John Mackey, the founder of Whole Foods, will sign copies of his book Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business on two dates in late January. [Digest]
Sierra Madre: Mother Moo Creamery is using the rare fruit medlar to make a new ice cream flavor. [LAT]
Studio City: Joan's on Third acquires the keys to its forthcoming Valley space. [Zagat]
West Hollywood: Rumors have the rent at Irv's Burgers going up from $4,500 to $10,000 a month. [LAW]