Two closings sure to be felt by their respective neighborhoods. Singapore Express, a rare and dependable Malay, Singaporean, and Indonesian quick-serve and takeout joint on the Westside, has vacated the premises in Marina del Rey, right around the corner from Ricardo Zarate's forthcoming Paiche. This leaves a fairly large hole in the seaside community's needs the next time cravings for beef satay, curry puffs, and laksa lemak strike.
In other farewells, North Hollywood's Otis Jackson's Soul Dog, acclaimed for free-range fried chicken and nitrate-free franks with toppings like collard relish and fried okra, is no longer serving the city's Arts District, as of the start of the year. Through Facebook, owners announce, "It has been a great journey but we were just not ringing up enough checks to keep the soul rolling."