Los Angeles Restaurant News
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The third location of Mercado will open on October 22, 2014. The contemporary Mexican menu will feature tamales, slow-cooked carnitas and jumbo scallops crusted with pumpkin seeds, along with specials unique to this outpost. Mercado, 3413 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles, CA 90068, 323-512-2500.
After shuttering BierBeisl in Beverly Hills, chef Bernhard Mairinger will open BierBeisl Imbiss in the Spring Arcade Building in downtown Los Angeles. The concept will be modern Austrian street food. BierBeisl Imbiss, Spring Arcade Building, 541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, No phone.
Bowery Bungalow, the latest restaurant from George Abou-Daoud (The Bowery, Delancey, etc.), will feature farm-to-table cuisine inspired by the flavors of the Middle East. The opening is scheduled for late October 2014. Bowery Bungalow, 4156 Santa Monica Blvd., Sunset Junction, Los Angeles, CA 90029, No phone.
In Malibu Tra Di Noi owner Antonio Alessi has opened an Italian countryside eatery, Mangia, serving wood-fired pizzas, casual Italian fare, wine and cocktails. Mangia, 30745 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265, 310-457-4500.
Restaurateur Jonathan Chu (Buddha’s Belly, Copa d’Oro) and mixologist Vincenzo Marianella (Copa d’Oro, Providence) have enlisted Chef David Bartnes (b.o.s.) and General Manager Tatia Oshidari (Orris) to establish The Independence, a modern tavern in Santa Monica’s former Buddha’s Belly space. The neighborhood restaurant and bar will feature market-driven food and cocktails, and plans to open in late November. The Independence, 205 Broadway Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-458-2500.
Replacing the former Barney Greengrass atop Barneys New York in Beverly Hills is Freds. Chef Mark Straussman tips his toque to the former haunt with New York classics like matzo ball soup and a fine list of smoked fish options ranging from nova to sturgeon and whitefish (flown in from NYC and served with bagel, eggs or appetizer). The Cali side of the menu kicks in with an ahi tuna spinach wrap, salmon burger, quinoa salad, truffle fries and breakfast burrito. Cocktails include an Apricot Julep, and there’s plenty of bubbly by the glass or bottle. Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun. Freds, Barney's New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-777-5877.
Japan’s popular curry house franchise CoCo Ichibanya, which has more than 1,400 locations worldwide, has opened another L.A. location in Koreatown in the City Center Plaza. Expect house specialty spicy curry donkatsu with chicken, pork and seafood, omelet with curry, fried chicken salad, and tropical fruit milk shakes. Lunch & Dinner daily. CoCo Ichibanya, City Center Plaza, 3500 W. 6th Street, #110, Los Angeles, CA 90020, no phone.
Kelly Chapman’s popular food truck has become a brick-and-mortar spot in Valley Village, Mac-O-licious, serving up a panoply of gourmet mac and cheese. Pick from 10 versions ranging from signature Southern mac to Maine mac (cheddar and Gruyère cheeses melted over Maine lobster) and bacon mac casserole. There’s even a gluten-free rice noodle variety. Also, find orange mango salad, lobser bisque, corn and squash chowder, barbecue chicken, and red velvet cake. Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sat, Brunch Sun. Mac-O-Licious, 5217 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village, CA 91607, 818-814-6220.
Chef Akasha Richmond (Akasha) has taken over the former Ford’s Filling Station space in Culver City and plans to open a modern Cal-Indian restaurant, tentatively called Spice Box Kitchen, in 2015. Spice Box Kitchen, 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 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.
Move over Umami Burger, there’s a new savory burger franchise fresh out of Las Vegas in town. Bachi Burger has now opened its third location, this time on Sawtelle, serving Asian-style burgers (“bachi” is short for hibachi) and other signature dishes including oxtail cheese fries, grilled Kurubota and Arabiki sausages, a house-made pickle assortment, and Peking-style duck steamed buns. The banh mi burger combines Angus beef (or substitute Wagyu) with shrimp, lemongrass, pork pâté and fresh herbs; the Ronin burger is topped with caramelized onions, fried egg and yuzu aioli. To drink, expect specialty sake cocktails, premium hot and cold sake, craft beer, boutique wines and hard ciders. Lunch & Dinner daily. Bachi Burger, 2030 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 702-242-2244.
Tipple & Brine and Tunnel Bar owner Richard DiSisto has replaced Mad Bull’s Tavern with a new gastropub, Murph’s, in what is becoming known as “downtown” Sherman Oaks. The self-described “casual Americana dining station and watering hole” features design elements of polished concrete, leather and steel, with an old car motif and patio. Expect nearly two dozen craft beers on tap and elegant craft cocktails. A menu from chef Mike Williams (Tipple & Brine, The Parish) spotlights house-made charcuterie, fried pig ears, pastrami short ribs on rye spaetzle, a fried chicken sandwich with pickled jalapenos and several gourmet burgers. Dinner nightly, Lunch Sat.-Sun. Murph's, 14649 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, 818-986-9999.
Portland’s hippest darling for ice cream, Salt & Straw, has opened a sibling shop in Hancock Park on Larchmont. Ice creams are handmade locally, with local cream from Rockview Farms, using seasonal SoCal ingredients like sweet almonds from Kern county, peaches from Burkart Organic Farms, and Grand Poppy liqueur. Unexpected “classic” flavors served yearlong include single-origin Amadeus Vanilla, Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts, and Tomato Water and Ojai Olive Oil Sherbet. Salt & Straw, 240 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323-466-0485.
The team behind Black Market Liquor Bar and Scopa Italian Roots (including Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix) has a new hit cocktail bar in Santa Monica, The Chestnut Club. Lots of leather, brick and wood creates a sophisticated setting for craft cocktails like the Blackberry Honey Sour or “Brighton Racecourse,” a gin and tonic spiked with lavender and grapefruit. The large spirit selection includes a selection of more than 400 select spirits, liqueurs and fortified wines. The Chestnut Club, 1348 14th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404, 310-393-1348.
In Sherman Oaks, Tipsy Cow is serving up the magic combo of gourmet burgers, craft beers and handmade cocktails. Haute starters include eye-catching tarragon deviled eggs, blue crab dip and short-rib poutine fries, while plump burgers are made with free-range, sustainably raised Angus beef. There are also turkey, tuna and veggie options. The bar offers 32 rotating craft beers, as well as a dozen bottles, and a select wine list. Cocktails feature ingredients like roasted chipotle syrup.
The Little Door now has a sister location in Santa Monica in the former location of Villetta and Chez Mimi. Like the original, this branch also features a courtyard and a Mediterranean-inspired menu. The Little Door, 246 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402, 310-310-8064.
Slow-cooked, smoky meat has arrived in the L.A. area on a grand scale with the opening of HOLY COW BBQ. While the restaurant goes with the Texas roadhouse theme, serving meals on tin plates and drinks in Mason jars, the menu features barbecue styles from all around the United States. Carolina-, Memphis-, Kansas City- , Santa Maria- and Texas-style barbecue includes pork, beef, turkey, chicken and fish options. Among sides are regional favorites like mac and cheese, kettle beans, sweet potatoes, collard greens and cornbread. Brentwood vegan chili, chop-chop salad and a quinoa and farro side are available for the non-meat eaters in the bunch. California wines and beers round out the menu. Behind this enterprise are founder and barbecue aficionado Rob Serritella (MessHall), executive chef Michael Rosen (Pacific Dining Car, Zeke’s Smokehouse) and consulting chef Glenn Walton (Tillman’s Roadhouse and New York City’s North End Grill). HOLY COW BBQ, 264 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402, 310-883-6COW.
Chef Vic Casanova (Gusto) and general manager Seth Glassman have opened Pistola in the former a.o.c. space. This Italian restaurant serves up Prime steaks, seafood, pastas and classic cocktails. Pistola, 8022 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-951-9800.
Chef Phillip Frankland Lee (Scratch Bar) has opened The Gadarene Swine in Studio City. Lee offers a chef’s counter with an innovative all-vegetable omakase menu; an à la carte menu (also all vegetables, despite the restaurant's moniker, which is a Biblical allusion) is available at tables. Expect beer and wine. The Gadarene Swine, 11266 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-508-5500.
Hollywood spot FiveOFour will open a second location in downtown L.A. this fall in the former digs of The Parish. Open-air patios will highlight this split-level restaurant with a Cal-New Orleans menu from Michael Ruiz (Cobras & Matadors, The Morrison). Expect the likes of crispy frogs legs, Cajun grouper, short ribs, a raw bar and a frozen Daiquiri bar. FiveOFour, 840 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Bacari PDR, a sibling of downtown wine bar Bacaro L.A., has opened in Playa Del Rey. Chef Lior Hillel, an alum of Jean-Georges in New York, offers a menu of “cicchetti” Italian small plates and a wine list that focuses on lesser-known varietals from all over the world. There are also craft beers and cocktails. Weekend brunch is in the works. Bacari PDR, 6805 Vista Del Mar Ln., Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, 310-439-2100.
Just off Venice Beach, The Anchor has thrown open its doors, bringing a seaside vibe to well ... the seaside. With a bright nautical theme and a menu filled with lobster rolls, oysters, scallops and braised octopus, plus wine and craft beer, it's a quick stroll from Ocean Front Walk. Billed as “New York City meets Venice,” and helmed by Sandy Ames and Kristen Ciccolella, this casual, friendly place is a nice stopover when the sun starts to dip. The Anchor, 235 Main St., Venice, CA 90291, 310-664-9696.
Adjacent to the Hollywood Farmers’ Market is Field Trip at the Farmers Kitchen, offering brunch and lunch built around whatever is fresh and in season. Chefs Minh Phan (Beachwood Café, Gaji) and Sarah Lange (The Hart & the Hunter, Flores) have put their heads together and come up with a distinctly California twist. Their menu is an intriguing blend of Asian and Amish, featuring items as diverse as smoked sesame chicken banh mi and croque "monster," on a housemade English muffin with Amish bologna, egg, roasted tomatoes, béchamel and jack cheese. There are decadent pastries (sausage stuffed pretzel, anyone?) and a cold-brew coffee bar. Brunch & Lunch Tues.-Sun. Field Trip at the Farmers Kitchen, 1555 Vine St., Ste. 119, Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-467-7600.
New on the nightlife scene is the Gatsby-themed nightclub and cocktail den at The Argyle. Relive those halcyon days of decadence, dancing and drinking as you take a turn on the 1920s-inspired boutique dance floor to DJ-curated songs, and then descend below the club into an underground den for craft cocktails (some served in marshmallows) and small plates. Upscale, fashionable attire is required. The cocktail den is open nightly, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., while the nightclub is open Tues. and Sat., 10 pm.-2 a.m. For reservations, text 310-905-4793 or e-mail reservations@ArgyleHotel.com. The Argyle, 1600 Argyle Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028, 310-905-4793 (text only).
The Cardiff Giant hospitality group (The Churchill, Clover Juice, The Hudson) and executive chef Joshua Drew (Farmshop) plan to open Cordoba in Los Feliz. The restaurant will be designed by Sam Marshall of Marshall Projects (Gjelina, Laurel Hardware), and will feature natural wood accents and textures, South American ceramics, along with a traditional Argentinean grill as the focal point of the room. Drew’s Argentinean-inspired menu will also highlight seasonal, local ingredients. Cordoba, 1816 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, no phone.
Quinn and Karen Hatfield (Hatfield's, The Sycamore Kitchen) will open Odys & Penelope in late 2014. The meat-centric concept will be influenced by the cooking methods of grilling and smoking. Odys & Penelope, 127 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
If you were a fan of the ice cream truck last year, soon you can find awesome “Salty Pimp” and “Bea Arthur” soft-serve at the upcoming Big Gay Ice Cream Shop in downtown L.A., set to open in late 2014. Expect shakes in flavors like ginger-curry, and offbeat ice cream toppings including wasabi pea dust, Sriracha and Key lime curd.
Oyster chef extraordinaire Christophe Happillon will open The Oyster Gourmet at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. later this fall. Expect oysters paired with wines, and likely other shellfish, too. The Oyster Gourmet, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
Restaurateur/chef partners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) are rumored to have another Fairfax restaurant coming down the pike this winter, tentatively called Jon & Vinny’s, with a wine program by Helen Johannesen. Jon & Vinny’s, 412 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
In conjunction with the upcoming opening of their sophomore restaurant, Mexicano in Baldwin Hills, Jaime and Ramiro will also debut Flautas, their adjacent fast-casual ode to the traditional Mexican dish of crisp-fried Mexican rolled tacos. Not to be confused with the ubiquitous taquito, flautas are larger in size, and as is traditional in the chefs’ native Jalisco, are topped with various sauces, salsas and moles. Look for shrimp with tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, topped with roasted tomatillo sauce; cochinita pibil filled with roasted pork shoulder meat marinated with orange juice and spices; and fish flautas filled with tomato, onion, cilantro and a touch of chipotle chile. Beverages will include a selection of aguas frescas and signature lemonades. Flautas will be located inside the food court at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw, adjacent to Mexicano. Flautas, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008, no phone.
Joan’s on Third has introduced a second location in Studio City, on the site of an old post office on Ventura Place. The 4,000-square-foot site shares the original location’s airy feel, with marble counters and accented with Joan’s signature Holstein black and white cows, alongside antique community-dining tables. The kitchen offers comfort food ranging from omelets to turkey meatloaf and Chinese chicken salad. Gourmet items found in the marketplace include jams, Champagne, barrel-aged balsamic vinegar, cheeses, olives and smoked nuts. Joan's on Third, 12059 Ventura Pl., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-201-3900.
Josh Goldman (Church & State) and Julian Cox (Rivera) are the masterminds behind Brilliantshine, Santa Monica’s latest entrant in the cocktail-and-small-plate arena. The drink menu features not only craft cocktails and spirits, but also wine, sherry and beer, while edibles include short ribs, shrimp tartare and lamb sausage. Paiche veteran executive chef Richie Lopez has developed a menu that pairs with the bar’s offerings. Brilliantshine also has a late-night menu and serves weekend brunch on its spacious patio and cozy interior space. Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat. & Sun. Brilliantshine, 522 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-451-0045.
Taking over the former MEZZE space is The NICE GUY, a project from h.wood.group (Bootsy Bellows, Hooray Henry's, SHOREbar). 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.
Sherman Oaks’ Hamburger Hamlet has reopened, 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, 818-784-1183.
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, opened inside a remodeled Burbank building. On offer are 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.
Lou Amdur, former owner of LOU wine bar and current owner of Lou Wine and Provisions on Virgil Ave., has opened Lou Wine Shop & Tastings. Lou Wine Shop & Tastings, 1911 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-305-7004.
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 on October 28, 2014, 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, 323-468-8916.
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.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT HEADLINES
Frites Grill Menu at Mimi's Cafe
Chef Katie Sutton, the head of the culinary team at Mimi’s Cafe restaurants, spent two months in France perfecting her version of the French frite that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The results can now be found on the Frites Grill menu, offering steak frites, grilled salmon & frites, grilled chicken & frites, mussels & frites, and roasted chicken & frites. For more information and locations, visit www.mimiscafe.com
Pok Pok Expansion
Andy Ricker, chef of the perpetually buzzworthy Pok Pok Ny, has announced he’s not only opening one Pok Pok in Los Angeles, but two. There will be a Pok Pok LA and a Pok Pok Phat Thai in Chinatown.
The Club Room at BOA Steakhouse Debuts New Bar and Happy Hour Menu
BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood has debuted a new lounge space and bar menu at The Club Room, now located adjacent to the restaurant’s bar area. The new space features sophisticated décor and plush seating around a big-screen TV, ready for NFL game days. Revamped libations range from the ginger and honey-tinged “Islay Elixir” to the “BOA 405” made with Beluga vodka, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, lemon and cracked pepper. New Club Room “bites” include blue crab toasts, crispy stuffed squash blossoms, yellowtail crudo, sliders and burgers, and truffled cheese nachos. Boa Steakhouse, Luckman Plaza, 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-278-2050.
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.
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.
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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
UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS
Charles Olalia, formerly of Patina, is now chef de cuisine at Terranea Resort's signature restaurant mar'sel. mar'sel, Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, 310-265-2701.
Chef Dakota Weiss announced via Facebook that she's leaving the W Los Angeles - Westwood, which includes NINETHIRTY, Whiskey Blue and The Backyard. We hear there may be new dining concepts in the works. W Los Angeles - Westwood, 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-208-8765, 888-627-7135.
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.
Upscale French restaurant Patina at the Walt Disney Concert Hall has reopened with a new executive chef. Expect dishes like crispy scale black sea bass, mushroom, violet potato, savoy cabbage and a citrus chamomile broth. Patina, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-972-3331.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
Stefan's at LA Farm, which was opened by "Top Chef" contestant Stefan Richter, has been replaced by The Roost at LA Farm, featuring a seasonal American menu from chef John Keenan. Stefan's at LA Farm, 3000 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404, no phone.
In Beverly Hills, the iconic New York-style deli Barney Greengrass has closed to make way for a new restaurant concept atop Barney’s department store. Barney Greengrass, Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, no phone.
Italian trattoria Girasole in Larchmont Village is closed temporarily. It is scheduled to re-open in the same location in January 2015. Girasole, 225 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323-464-6978.
The Palm in West Hollywood closed 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, no phone.
Jordan Kahn’s Red Medicine will close at the end of October 2014, due to conflicts with the building’s owner and rising costs. Kahn will move on to yet unnamed projects. Red Medicine, 8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 323-651-5500.
Rare by Drai's, a modern and sexy take on the steakhouse from Victor Drai and ESquared Hospitality, has closed after less than a year in business. Rare by Drai's, 8720 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
George Abou-Daoud’s Hollywood wine and cheese spot, The Mercantile, has closed, but plans to reopen in a different location sometime next year. The Mercantile, 6600 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
Hollywood’s bourbon-centric sports bar and casual restaurant Township Saloon has closed. Township Saloon, 6612 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
Jun Isogai’s unique Little Tokyo nose-to-tail restaurnt B.o.s. closed September 27 due to high costs and expenses. B.o.s., Honda Plaza, 424 E. Second St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
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.
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.
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