Cassell’s Hamburgers’ excellent patty melts come to downtown L.A. on Oct. 29

The patty melt at Cassell's Hamburgers in Koreatown. The restaurant is opening a new location in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 29.
The patty melt at Cassell’s Hamburgers in Koreatown. The restaurant is opening a new location in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 29.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Cassell’s Hamburgers

Christian Page revived the Koreatown burger restaurant in 2015, and has been making some of the best patty melts in the city ever since. He’s bringing those patty melts and house-ground burgers to a new location downtown beginning Oct. 29. The downtown Cassell’s will serve an expanded selection of sandwiches and to-go deli platters.Beer and wine are coming shortly, but in the meantime you can have drinks next door at Golden Gopher. 421 W 8th St., Los Angeles, (213) 372-5601,

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For the record:

11:00 a.m. Oct. 23, 2018A previous version of this post misspelled the name of the Cassell’s Hamburgers chef. He is Christian Page.

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DFC Ghost Kitchen

After cooking on the Ride or Fry food truck and at pop-up parties around town, Dante’s Fried Chicken chef Dante Gonzalez is running a new pickup-and-delivery business called DFC Ghost Kitchen out of Hotel Normandie in Koreatown. Order granola-and cereal-crusted chicken tenders and Sunday-only, bone-in fried chicken along with dishes such as chocolate-rubbed brisket and pimento mac-and-cheese. Delivery is available within a five-mile radius via Ubereats, GrubHub, Caviar, Chownow, Postmates or through Facebook, Instagram, phone or text, (323) 813-1424. Pickups at Cassell‘s Burgers, 3600 W. 6th St., Los Angeles. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, Lunch hours are coming soon.