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SOUTH PARK: Cafe Dulce in Little Tokyo is staging an indefinite residency inside the Hold Up Art gallery at Eleventh and Hope, beginning on May 29. Cafe Dulce serves Stumptown Coffee, that delicious Portland brew. Eater believes this is the first stage of Stumptown's DTLA invasion, with their coffee shop inside the future Ace Hotel as the next step.

CULVER CITY: Fraiche has finally admitted they are shuttering their DTCC location, Eater reports. Long-rumored, the closing will make way for a new gastropub called Public School. The Santa Monica Fraiche is still running.

LOS ANGELES:The LA chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced their 16 finalists for the annual Restaurant Design Awards. Judged by architect Mark Rios, chef and KCRW host Evan Kleiman, and ink. chef Michael Voltaggio, restaurants like Take a Bao, Beachwood Cafe, and A-Frame got nods.

LOS ANGELES: Eater's compiled a list of their 12 most anticipated openings in 2012. Our favorites: The Parish filling in the old Angelique space in the Fashion District; the former Kung Pao Kitty reimagined by the guy behind Gjelina, and a new marketplace cafe on that increasingly hot stretch of La Brea near First Street.
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