Los Angeles Openings: ROFL Cafe, 54Twenty
Luckily for all of us, the staff of ROFL Café, the new Govind Armstrong (formerly of Post & Beam), aren’t rolling around the floor laughing, but we will say they do seem super jazzed to be there. The "Republic of Laughter" Cafe is apparently inspired by Dr. Madan Kataria, a laughing yoga guru, and the self-help author Tony "Fire-Walker" Robbins. There honestly is a certain feel-good vibe going on here, and the food is worthy of the atmosphere: beer-brined chicken, mussels and fries, Liege waffles, and Armstrong’s infamous short rib grilled cheese sandwich.
Also opening yesterday was 54Twenty, a mod-1960s diner located at 5420 Hollywood Blvd., that serves coffee-spiked fries, purple mashed potatoes, and brunch and lunch alllllll day long. We’re guessing that the Silver Lake and Los Feliz crowd will happily walk a few blocks for these modern twists on the BLT or the steak and eggs.