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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
Taking over the former MEZZE space is The NICE GUY, a project from h.wood.group (Bootsy Bellows, Hooray Henry's, SHOREbar) opening August 22, 2014. Chef John-Carlos Kuramoto, most recently of Michael's, has crafted an Italian-influenced menu that includes several pizzas. The NICE GUY, 401 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310-360-9500.
Chef Phillip Frankland Lee (Scratch Bar) will open The Gadarene Swine in Studio City in September. Lee will offer a chef’s counter with an innovative all-vegetable omakase menu; an a la carte menu (also all vegetables, despite the restaurant's moniker, which is a Biblical allusion) will be available at tables. Expect beer and wine. The Gadarene Swine, 11266 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-508-5500.
Sherman Oaks’ Hamburger Hamlet will reopen in late August, revived by new owners. Longtime Hamlet fans can expect the same burgers, fries and shakes as in days of yore. Hamburger Hamlet, 4419 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, no phone.
Tsujita LA owner Takehiro Tsujita has partnered with veteran sushi chef Shigeru Kato on Sushi Tsujita, now open on Sawtelle. Expect upscale classic Japanese omakase, with Edomae-style sushi, along with cocktails, sake and Japanese beer. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Sushi Tsujita, 2006 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 310-231-1177.
David Cooley (The Abbey Food & Bar) and sbe have announced that they are under construction with Cooley’s, a 10,000-square-foot gastropub in West Hollywood, with a large patio that abuts West Hollywood Park. Cooley's, 8936 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Nightlife impresario Johnny Zander (Green Door, Teddy’s) has opened Grandpa Johnson’s, a glamorous deco-styled cocktail bar on Cahuenga. Signature cocktails created by Alex Straus (Bon Vivant) include the Crockard (Atlantico Reserva, Cardamaro, Cognac, curacao and black walnut bitters) and the T-Bizz (Angel's Envy Bourbon, ginger syrup, apple cider, amaro, lemon juice and bitters). Grandpa Johnson's, 1638 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
On Ocean Park in Santa Monica, Carvery Kitchen brings together traditional deli fare with a healthy, farmers' market twist. Roman Shishalovsky (Roman’s) offers a menu with a variety of French dip sandwiches including chicken, roast beef, pulled pork and fish sandwiches, as well as wraps, plates and “farm salads” like the “new Mediterranean” with quinoa pilaf, falafel puff, greens, flax seeds and tahini-basil dressing. Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat. Carvery Kitchen, 3101 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-450-0880.
Spacecraft Group and designer Kris Keith announce their latest project Trejos Tacos, a new modern Mexican cantina and restaurant that will open this fall in an old Taco Bell location. The 1,000-square-foot space will feature Mexican-themed murals made from custom tiles and will include outdoor seating. Trejos Tacos, 1048 S La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019, no phone.
The Sunset Strip’s former XIV space has become sbe’s glamorous new Hollywood nightlife hot spot, HYDE Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails, with former "Top Chef" contestant Chris Crary (formerly of Whist) helming the stoves. Dishes include sweetbread caponata, bone marrow with uni and pistachio on brioche toast, squid ink linguine, local black cod and braised beef cheek with celery root purée. Signature cocktails, courtesy of Ryan Magarian, run from a whisky ginger to a raspberry maple sour; the boutique wine list is global, but leans towards Napa; and a long list of bubbles is crowned with a $1600 Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades rosé. Dinner nightly. HYDE Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails, 8117 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-940-1650.
Known for its California "comfort food," chef Alan Jackson's Lemonade, which has other locations around Southern California and beyond, will open on August 25, 2014, inside a remodeled Burbank building. On offer will be the signature marketplace salads, slow-cooked braises, artisan sandwiches and soups. All menu items, including the various flavors of lemonade, rely on seasonal ingredients. Lemonade, 4400 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505, No phone.
Sprinkles Americana has opened at The Americana at Brand, serving up its popular cupcakes, and now features cookies and ice cream, too. A cupcake ATM provides a sugar fix 24/7. Ice cream comes in red velvet waffle cones or sundaes, with house-made sauces and toppings. Lunch & Dinner daily. Sprinkles Americana, The Americana at Brand, 889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210, 888-220-2210.
Located in a poolside greenhouse on the second floor of The Line Los Angeles in Koreatown, COMMISSARY is a vegetable-centric concept from chef Roy Choi (POT, Kogi Korean BBQ-To-Go, Chego, A-Frame, Sunny Spot). COMMISSARY, The Line Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010, 213-368-3030.
Venice Whaler has been reopened with a chic new design from Kelly Patry (Seven Grand) and a revamped menu from chef Nick Liberato. Food offerings include homemade corn and clam chowder with bacon, tuna poke with microgreens, Kobe-style beef sliders, and asparagus and burrata. NYC’s Balthazar alum Anthony Settecase has debuted a new cocktail program, and there’s more than a dozen craft beers on tap. Lunch & Dinner daily. Venice Whaler, 10 W. Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292, 310-821-8737.
Look for an August opening of Lou Wine Shop & Tastings on Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz. Lou Amdur, former owner of LOU wine bar and current owner of Lou Wine and Provisions on Virgil Ave., will offer tastings each week and possible pop-ups at his new haunt. Lou Wine Shop & Tastings, 1911 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, no phone.
Korean eatery Tang is now open in Little Tokyo on the third floor of Weller Court, serving up rice bowls, noodles, tempura and traditional items like bulgogi and a variety of savory Korean soups. Lunch & Dinner daily. Tang, Weller Court, 123 Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka St. Ste. 302, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-346-9709.
In Atwater Village, Alex Sarkissian has opened a second location of his popular Beverly Hills Mediterranean eatery Momed. Set in the Atwater Crossing complex, the 7,000-square-foot restaurant encompasses an indoor Moroccan-styled dining room and a sprawling courtyard patio dotted with olive trees. Consulting chef Jeremy Strubel (formerly of Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen) offers a menu with many of the flagship’s favorites, but also an expanding menu of small plates. Expect duck schwarma, kebabs, a lamb burger, kale tabbouleh and golden beet tzatziki, alongside pide flatbreads and tagines. To drink, find Mediterranean wines and craft beers. Momed, 3245 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-522-3488.
The Southern California chain Burger Lounge has set up shop in Larchmont Village. The menu is short but satisfying: beef, turkey, albacore and veggie burgers, salads, fries, onion rings and milk shakes. Burger Lounge, 217 Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323-462-2310.
The charming neighborhood café Poppy + Rose has sprung up in the downtown L.A. Flower District, serving classic American comfort food for breakfast and lunch. Expect eggs with biscuits and gravy, a ribs tips breakfast burrito and pulled pork hash. Lighter fare includes a chopped salad and steel-cut oats with seasonal fruit. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Poppy + Rose, 765 Wall St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-995-7799.
L'Amande Bakery & Café is open in Beverly Hills, with traditional French pastries, breads, salads and sandwiches. Look for quiche, croque madame, a smoked salmon plate, and prosciutto on a buttered baguette. A dozen kinds of croissants include chocolate, pistachio and Portobello and ham, and there's a large selection of fresh fruit tarts, galettes and pies. Breakfast & Lunch daily. L'Amande, 9530 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-326-8980.
Modern American supper club Ocean Prime will open its 11th location in Fall 2014, this time at the apex of Wilshire Boulevard, Dayton Way and Camden Drive. The menu will feature signature items including ahi tuna tartare, Oscar-style filet mignon and Chilean sea bass, alongside hand-rolled sushi. Spanning 11,400 square feet, including a sprawling terrace, the space will seat 350 guests and will feature three private dining rooms. The lounge and bar will offer craft cocktails and higher-end wines. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Ocean Prime, 9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, no phone.
Rise-N-Grind is a new late-night coffee house by Playhouse Nightclub owner Robert Vinokur. A hip décor features concrete, steel and more than 150 skateboards, as well as local artwork on the walls. Expect Stumptown Coffee Roasters coffees, tea by Art of Tea, and juices from Pressed Juicery. Homeboy Bakery provides the pastries, and there's also a selection of sandwiches, panini and yogurt parfaits. The plan is to operate 24/7 in the near future. Rise-N-Grind, 6501 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-464-4100.
Gentaro Soba is now open downtown at TASTE FIGat7th on the plaza level. This noodle eatery has its flagship in Tokyo, and features cold and hot buckwheat soba dishes including Hiyashi soba, Zaur soba, Vurry soba and Kake soba, as well as a variety of rice bowls ranging from tempura and spicy tuna to beef and curry. All soba noodles are handmade on site. Refreshing drinks include iced green tea and yuzu lemonade. Lunch & Dinner daily. Gentaro Soba, TASTE FIGat7th, 735 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-622-0020.
The Trois Mec team --- Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) and Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites) --- have opened a sister establishment next door called Petit Trois. The concept is a bar with classic French fare. Whereas Trois Mec only accommodates guests who have purchased "dining tickets" in advance, Petit Trois welcomes walk-in diners exclusively. Petit Trois, 718 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
Nick's Manhattan Beach will open in the former Chez Soi space. The restaurant will offer a menu of classic American fare. Nick's also has locations in Laguna Beach, San Clemente and Long Beach. Nick's Manhattan Beach, Metlox Plaza, 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, no phone.
The owners of Silver Lake Ramen have opened Kush Sake Bar in the former Cortez space on Allison Avenue in Echo Park. The small, izakaya-style restaurant serves up a variety of sake, yakitori and small plates featuring black cod, roast duck, pork belly, beef carpaccio and Japanese pumpkin. Dinner nightly. Kush Sake Bar, 1356 Allison Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-265-7609.
Pasadena’s stylish Argentinean eatery 1810 Restaurant has opened a sister spot in downtown L.A. on West 9th Street. Expect empanadas, sautéed sweetbreads, morcilla, a long list of steaks, as well as pastas, chicken and fish. Platters of grilled meats and vegetables are festive for larger groups. The wine list highlights Malbecs and other Argentinean varietals. Lunch & Dinner daily. 1810 Restaurant, 105 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-623-1810.
Bacari PDR, a sibling of downtown wine bar Bacaro L.A., will open in Playa Del Rey in late August/early September 2014. Chef Lior Hillel, an alum of Jean-Georges in New York, will offer a menu of “cicchetti” Italian small plates such as lamb stuffed eggplant; oven-roasted bone marrow with caper panko and sea salt; and glazed pork belly skewers. The wine list will focus on lesser-known varietals from all over the world, and there will also be craft beers and cocktails. Bacari PDR, 6805 Vista Del Mar Ln., Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, no phone.
Loteria Grill has opened at The Original Farmers Market at Los Angeles International Airport’s Delta Terminal 5. Travelers can expect regional Mexican cuisine including Acapulco-style ceviche, red pozole pork and hominy chile, and chicken in mole poblano, as well as specialty margaritas from a full-service bar. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Loteria Grill LAX, Los Angeles International Airport, 550 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045, no phone.
Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s successful New York City Italian market and food court, Eataly, will be opening an L.A. location at the Westfield Century City mall in 2017. Eataly, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, no phone.
Contemporary Korean restaurant Gaji has soft opened for lunch in downtown, with chef Minh Phan (Beachwood Café) at the helm. Gaji means "tree branch" in Korean. The modern space features subdued hues; a patio will open later this summer. Expect “Asian soul food” dishes like kimchi-stuffed dates, duck rillettes with a ginger-satsuma marmalade, ravioli filled with beef cheeks in pho broth, and a whole allium-stuffed loup de mer. Gaji, 523 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-243-0780.
Adam Cole (ink.) and The Bazaar by José Andrés’ chef de cuisine Holly Jivan, his wife, will open Maple Block Meat Company in Culver City. It’s expected to launch towards the end of the year, and the menu will spotlight Texas barbecue. Maple Block Meat Company, 3973 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230, no phone.
Hotel MdR has debuted its new Italian eatery, Barbianca Local Kitchen. Expect a daily bruschetta board, roasted polenta cakes, house-made pizzas with the likes of prosciutto and béchamel, shrimp garganelli and Pinot Noir-braised short ribs. Happy hour features specials on wine, beer and cocktails, and 50 percent off appetizers. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Barbianca, Hotel MdR, 13480 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey, CA 90292, 310-577-6039.
West Third Street’s latest chic eatery is ToC, a French-style bistro and pâtisserie with an outdoor patio from Food Network contestant Penny Davidi (executive chef, PUMP Lounge). At this, Davidi’s first restaurant, pastry chef Stephane Treand creates elegant Viennoiseries and pastries. The menu features omelets, tartines, sweet and savory crêpes, escargots, salade Niçoise and quiche Lorraine. Catering and pastry classes will be coming soon. Breakfast & Lunch daily. ToC, 8556 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-275-4235.
Restaurateurs Steven Arroyo (Escuela Taqueria) and Bruce Marder (Capo) have opened a French bistro, Marvin, on Beverly Boulevard, in the former House Café. Expect fresh oysters, fine cheeses and charcuterie, steak tartare, cassoulet, steak frites and chocolate soufflé. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Marvin, 8114 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-655-5553.
The San Francisco/Bay Area café chain La Boulange has brought a location to Los Angeles. The menu offers breakfast items (served all day), soups, salads, sandwiches and build-your-own burgers. La Boulange, 359 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-525-0164.
Mastro's Ocean Club in Malibu has opened in the the former Chart House location. Seafood takes a starring role but the menu also features steaks, à la carte sides (creamed spinach, lobster mashed potatoes) and desserts including Mastro's signature warm butter cake. Mastro's Ocean Club, 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265, 310-454-4357.
The Acme Bar Group (Library Bar, Laurel Tavern) has unveiled the new Beelman’s Pub in the Historic Core at 6th and Spring Streets in Downtown L.A. A dramatic garden sports ivy, moss, brick walls and cobblestone patio steps lit by European wall sconces and candlelight. Inside, there are large communal tables, classic leather Pullman booths and walls of dark wood veneer. Expect a high-end, European-inspired cocktail list featuring Spanish sherry, Italian bitters and French bubbles, and a food menu with elevated pub fare and charcuterie. Beelman’s Pub, 600 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-622-1022.
In Malibu Tra Di Noi owner Antonio Alessi will open an Italian countryside eatery, Mangia, in September, serving wood fire pizzas, casual Italian fare, wine and cocktails. Mangia, 30745 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265, no phone.
Manifesto Café is a social enterprise market and café located in Hermon (off the 110 near Montecito Heights and Mt. Washington). The "social cafénterprise" features an original menu of Los Angelino-themed artisan sandwiches, salads and beverages, as well as fair trade coffee, teas, produce and healthy snacks all sourced from local, socially-conscious small businesses. Breakfast, lunch and dinner features dishes like a Portuguese burrito with zesty papaya slaw, salmon wrap with creamy curry sauce, and grilled cheese with organic kale and bacon. Also find a host of fresh juices and smoothies. Manifesto Cafe, 5526 Monterey Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-739-9525.
Chef/owners Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts (Hudson House, The Tripel) have opened Playa Provisions in Playa del Rey. The multi-purpose establishment encompasses the King Beach Cafe, Small Batch Ice Cream and Dockside Seafood Restaurant and Grain Whisky Bar. Playa Provisions, 119 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey, CA 90293, 310-683-5019.
Innovative restaurateur Adam Fleischman (Umami Burger, 800 Degrees) is at it again, with a concept that sounds completely weird but strangely delicious. ChocoChicken, serving fried chicken infused with chocolate, has opened in the downtown space previously occupied by Corkbar. House-made biscuits are among the side dishes, and a full bar is offered. A second ChocoChicken location is slated for Santa Monica. ChocoChicken, 403 W. 12th St. , Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-403-1786.
Renowned Miami restaurateur Barton G. Weiss (Barton G. The Restaurant) has brought a dramatic 3,200-square-foot outpost of Barton G. The Restaurant to La Cienega in West Hollywood. The kitchen offers stylized, iconic American dishes including lobster pop tarts, Samurai tuna, and Voodoo shrimp rolls. Avant-garde cocktails feature herbal-based recipes of fruit and vegetable bouillons, infusions, purées and extractions. Barton G. The Restaurant, 861 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069, 310-388-1888.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT HEADLINES
New Rosé Happy Hour at Delphine
Delphine at the W Hollywood hotel has introduced a new Rosé Happy Hour menu available in the bar and lounge Mon.-Fri. from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. On offer are $6 glasses of rosé wines from France, Italy and California, plus $7 mixed rosé drinks like rosé sangria. There’s also a selection of $7 market-inspired small plates like carrot “tartare” and duck rillettes. This happy hour will be offered through October 31, 2014, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the fight against breast cancer. Delphine, W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-798-1355.
Fifty Seven Debuts Brunch
Fifty Seven, the downtown Arts District restaurant that presents a rotating roster of chefs from around the country, has started brunch with signature items from chef Josh Drew. Bakery items featuring a rosemary sticky bun with pine nuts and plum preserves; brunch dishes include smoked king salmon with pickled red onion, Drake Family Farm goat cheese and cucumbers, and steak and eggs served with two sunny side up eggs, tomato persillade, watercress and salsa criolla. Bottomless rosé is available for $16 per person, and there’s also a build-your-own michelada kit that serves two people and includes Pacifico, tomato juice, Sal de Gusano, Worcestershire, fish sauce and house-made hot sauce. Fifty Seven, 712 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-816-8157.
New Dishes & Cocktails at Acabar
Acabar chef de cuisine Kevin Luzande has added new dishes to the Mediterranean-inspired menu, including northern halibut with verbena broth, pistachios, forbidden rice and summer squash. In addition, mixologists Josh Goldman and Julian Cox have also created new seasonal cocktails like the Tequila Por Mi Amante made with strawberry infused tequila, Vermouth di Torino, lemon and acid phosphate. Acabar, 1510 N. Stanley Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-876-1400.
$1.31 Scoops at Baskin-Robbins on the 31st of Each Month Through 2014
As part of its "Celebrate 31" Program, Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops in the Los Angeles area will offer $1.31 four-ounce scoops on the 31st of each month, from July 31 until the end of the year (August 31, October 31, December 31). This offer is available on all Baskin-Robbins flavors, including seasonal specialties like State Fair Fried Dough, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Tropical Vacation Frozen Yogurt and S'More the Merrier. For more information, visit www.baskinrobbins.com
Summer Cocktails and New Pastis Service at Big Bar in Los Feliz
Big Bar, the chic Los Feliz mixology hot spot adjacent to Alcove, announces Aaron Alvarez, Los Angeles-based craft cocktail engineer, as its new manager. Also making its debut is a summer list of libations featuring beguiling sips like the "Cockney Sparrow" (Beefeater 24, rose tea, lemon, cucumber and Champagne), served prettily with rose petals. Additionally, traditional Pastis service is now available at the bar and café; the French aperitif is served four different ways. Big Bar, 1929 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-644-0100.
More Next Door?
Rumor has it that a secret club is being built in the back of Next Door Lounge, the speakeasy-inspired restaurant/lounge in Hollywood. Next Door Lounge, 1154 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-465-5505.
Order Ahead, Pay Online & More with BJ’s Mobile App
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse has launched a mobile app that gives diners the ability to place food orders in advance (Dine-In Order Ahead), settle the bill online (Mobile Pay) and move up in the seating line (Preferred Waitlist). The family-friendly restaurant chain estimates that this functionality will save guests an average of 20 minutes per visit. First-time BJ's app users can get $5 off an order of $20 or more using the Dine-In Order Ahead or Mobile Pay features through the app. For more information, visit www.bjsrestaurants.com
Stafford + Mathis Kitchen Debuts Outdoor Dining
Stafford + Mathis Kitchen debuts its expansive outdoor patio. Perched on the second floor of the Luxe City Center Hotel, directly across from L.A. Live, the restaurant now offers al fresco dining and panoramic views of downtown. Featuring an array of seating, the outdoor patio has private cabanas, a fire pit, water features and heaters for chilly Southern California nights. Stafford + Mathis Kitchen, Luxe City Center Hotel, 1020 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-743-7600.
Salvatore Marino, chef-owner of Il Grano, is once again offering special tomato dishes on Wednesdays at lunch and dinner. In previous years, he's offered small plates like a "PBT" sandwich made with prosciutto, burrata and tomato. Il Grano, 11359 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 310-477-7886.
New Haute Street Food Happy Hour Menu
Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant is now offering an haute street food happy hour menu, Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Patrons can indulge in a caviar burger slider with pressed caviar, lettuce, fried egg, caviar aioli and french fries. There is also a playful smoked trout taco that comes with tequila-infused trout roe, cucumber ginger salsa and grapefruit. Select dishes for two are available as well, such as Petrossian caviar or hand-sliced smoked salmon, while drink specials include a caviar martini and the signature CaviarCube. Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant, 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310-271-6300.
Toscana Celebrates 25 Years
To celebrate Toscana’s Silver Anniversary in 2014, the Brentwood restaurant will present a “Toscana Classics” menu, showcasing some of its most popular dishes, from June 15 to August 15. Featured favorites will include insalata carciofi, Toscana’s original pollo al mattone, ravioli radicchio and others at their original 1989 prices. Pricing will be à la carte, available Sundays through Thursdays. Toscana, 11633 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-820-2448.
Café Röckenwagner Offers New $5 Pretzel "Happy Hour" Menu
Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Café Röckenwagner offers a "pretzel (happy) hour" menu of $5 items, including pretzel burgers, pretzel pizza, pretzel grilled cheese, pretzel dogs and pretzel twists with dip. There are also $6 beer and $7 wine specials. Café Röckenwagner, 1168 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-478-6313.
Redesign for Providence
Providence in Los Angeles has a reimagined interior by House of Honey that draws inspiration from the ocean and an Art Deco aesthetic, featuring dark blue velvet chairs, driftwood chandeliers and custom damask wallpaper painted in gold, rose, pearl and lapis hues. In addition, the patio has been enclosed and decorated in a similar style. Providence, 5955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-460-4170.
UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS
Firefly in Studio City welcomes executive chef Paul Shoemaker, whose culinary résumé includes Water Grill, Alain Ducasse, The French Laundry, Providence, Bastide and Savory. Expect seasonal creations like "Chilled Maine Lobster Bloody Mary Salad" with heirloom tomatoes, celery sorbet and caviar. Firefly, 11720 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-762-1833.
Patina at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles is closed for three weeks of renovations. The upscale French restaurant is scheduled to return on September 11, 2014, with a replacement for current executive chef Charles Olalia. Patina, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-972-3331.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
Chef Paul Shoemaker's Juicy Lucy, a burger joint at TASTE at FIGat7th in downtown, has closed. Juicy Lucy, TASTE at FIGat7th, 735 S. Figueroa St., Ste. #120, Los Angeles, CA 91107, no phone.
The Palm in West Hollywood will close its doors on September 30, 2014, after nearly 40 years in business. The steakhouse chain will open a new location of The Palm in Beverly Hills at 267 North Canon Drive in November 2014. The Palm, 9001 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-550-8811.
Chef Fabio Viviani's North Hollywood restaurant Firenze Osteria closed after service on July 31, 2014. The restaurant will undergo renovations and re-open with new ownership in late fall 2014. Viviani will create a new menu of seasonally focused Italian cuisine, and there will be a focus on live music. Firenze Osteria, 4212 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602, 818-760-7081.
Allumette in Echo Park has closed. Owners Charles Kelly and Bill DiDonna will likely open a new concept in the space, and wunderkind chef Miles Thompson has future projects in the works. Allumette, 1320 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
Popular Beverly Hills haunt Kate Mantilini closed June 14, 2014, after 27 years, due to a lease dispute. The location of Kate Mantilini in Woodland Hills remains open. Kate Mantilini, 9101 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
In Brentwood, the elegant Italian eatery Villetta has closed. It’s rumored that the folks behind AGO will reopen it with a new Italian concept. Villetta, 246 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402, no phone.
Near Studio City, Spoonful has closed and will be replaced by a third location of Mercado. Spoonful, 3413 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles, CA 90068, no phone.
Haven Gastropub, a Pasadena favorite, has closed. The Orange County flagship in Old Towne Orange remains open. Haven Gastropub, 42 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105, no phone.
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