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Ronnie Muñoz, the owner of the highly successful pop-up Ronnie’s Kickin’, is opening four new projects in Hollywood, located at 5936 W. Sunset Blvd.
The former fine-dining chef is starting the new year with a bang by opening four new restaurants in early-to-mid 2022. First to go is Twin Sliders, replaced with Besties, a fast-food-inspired burger joint. Soon after, a Mexican restaurant called Todos Santos will take over the former Mission Cantina space. In March, Muñoz will fill in the area of Delancey with Ronnie’s Kickin’s first stand-alone restaurant, called Ronnie’s. Last, the Tamarind Ave. Deli will turn into a small takeaway store.
Besties and Todos Santos are expected to open in January or February of the new year. Following this, Ronnie’s is scheduled to open in March 2022. Last on the list, with the least amount of details, is the unnamed takeaway store, which is opening in the second quarter of the year, according to Muñoz.
Besties will serve everything from french fries to fried seasonal hand pies, and of course, burgers, including Impossible meat options. The new restaurant will also have ice cream shakes and soft-serve options for dessert.
Todo Santos will be another fast-casual restaurant will a sit-down dinner menu. Jason Eisner of Party Beer Co will oversee the agave-focused cocktails and drinks. To accommodate everyone’s dietary restrictions, the restaurant will offer a variety of plant-based menu items.
Most exciting is Ronnie’s, which comes from the success of Muñoz’s food truck Ronnie’s Kickin’. The chef-driven comfort food truck has served Los Angeles since 2019. The new brick-and-mortar will use its larger space to add more comfort food dishes and a full lineup of cocktails. Followers of Ronnie’s Kickin can expect the same delicious food from the food truck, such as fried chicken, cheddar biscuits, pizookies, plus more.
Muñoz has served Los Angeles for several years in every position in a restaurant. The East Hollywood native has cooked at Paley in Hollywood, Mixed Company in Silver Lake, Testa in downtown L.A. and Yardbird in the Beverly Center. The chef took every opportunity presented to him and worked his way up from cook to pastry chef, and, before embarking on his own venture, sous chef at Craft in Century City. Munoz opened Ronnie’s Kickin in early 2021 and described it as “an elevated take on Buffalo Wild Wings.”
“I’m excited, I’ve never been not nervous,” Muñoz tells What Now Los Angeles. “This is the first time I’m not nervous about a project. I’ve opened quite a few restaurants. If anything, I’m just excited to open.”