Los Angeles Restaurant News
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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
Matthew Kenney’s Plant Food and Wine is slated to open June 4, 2015. It will offer a selection of locally sourced, plant-based fare, accompanied by an extensive wine list of organic and biodynamic varietals. The 65-seat restaurant includes an open-air courtyard, fireplace and a wine room. Plant Food and Wine, 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
Tender Greens, the fast-casual, sustainable dining concept from Erik Oberholtzer, Matt Lyman and David Dressler, opens its 18th branch in Glendale with executive chef Daniel Schaffhauser. The restaurant has become known for salads and grilled proteins, and the Glendale outpost sticks with what works, though you’ll also find new dishes like duck confit salad with kale, frisée, fried egg, roasted shallots and sherry vinaigrette. Crispy falafel is available with plant-based sides like roasted Weiser Farms potato salad or roasted carrots with toasted fennel seeds. Schaffhauser, who hails from France, also plans to rotate specials like grilled ocean trout with beurre blanc. The space, which Hatch Design Group designed, features an outdoor patio, wood panels and polished concrete. Lunch & Dinner daily. Tender Greens, 145 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203, 818-459-4850.
Estrella on the Sunset Strip will feature globally influenced California cuisine from executive chef Dakota Weiss ("Top Chef"). The restaurant, which is named after the "circus girl" mentioned in the Joni Mitchell song "Ladies of the Canyon," will have a bohemian vibe. The opening is scheduled for July 2015. Estrella, 8800 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Inglewood’s popular Orleans & York Deli has opened a sister spot in downtown L.A. near Pershing Square, serving up shrimp, catfish and oyster po’ boys, muffulettas, gumbo and other Big Easy favorites, alongside New York classic deli sandwiches. Lunch & Dinner daily. Orleans & York Deli, 333 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 310-671-6200.
Chef Eric Greenspan has transformed the shuttered patio of his former restaurant The Foundry into Maré, with a focus on Mediterranean seafood. The front of the restaurant remains the Melrose Umbrella Co. bar, and the entrance to the new eatery is through Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese. Dinner nightly. Maré, 7465 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-592-3226.
Silver Lake now has a New England-style seafood shack to call its own, Knuckle & Claw, located on Sunset Boulevard. The star of the short menu is the classic lobster roll, made with solely knuckle and claw meat, served on a split roll with mayo and butter. There’s a Dungeness crab and blue crab version as well, one with Maine shrimp, and chipotle corn or bacon clam chowder served as sides. Find limited seated in the airy storefront, and a few patio seats outside. Lunch & Dinner daily. Knuckle & Claw, 3112 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-407-6142.
Chef Jason Neroni and Bill Chait have launched Catch & Release in Marina del Rey, in the former Paiche space. Expect inspired seasonal seafood ranging from fresh oysters, Nantucket Bay scallops, and a baja shrimp cocktail to mussels with a mustard-cider broth, fried haddock with green goddess slaw, and Sausalito trout with pea and pistachio velouté. Catch & Release, 13488 Maxella Ave., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, 310-893-6100.
Ixta Cocina and Mercado partners Jesse Gomez and chef Jose Acevedo have opened their third concept, a Mexican seafood restaurant called Maradentro in Studio City. Designed by Ana Henton with nautical inspiration, two dining rooms lined in wood allude to the hull and cabin of a ship. Menu items include lobster guacamole, oysters “Rajafeller,” ceviche tostadas, and chile relleno de siete mares; also expect versions of favorites from the sister restaurants like "dos gringas" shrimp tacos and slow-cooked carnitas. To drink, find Mexican-inspired craft cocktails, a good selection of tequilas and mezcals, and a short beer and wine list. Dinner nightly. Maradentro, 11929 Ventura Blvd. , Studio City, CA 91604, 818-358-3423.
Downtown Johnny's is a Sherman Oaks sports bar/lounge serving up casual fare like the "Downtown Burger" topped with caramelized shallots, blue cheese and mushrooms. The space boasts six TVs behind the bar and two on the patio, plus a pair of 9-foot drop-down screens that will show games. Downtown Johnny's, 14649 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, 818-205-1616.
LGO Hospitality has replaced Callahan's, a Santa Monica staple since 1946, with Ingo's Tasty Diner. The space now features cushioned black booths, a curved wood bar and paintings from local artist Sara Abbott. Executive chef Shaun Werth and baker/pastry chef Sarah Shifrin have teamed together on a farm-to-table, comfort food menu that typically includes burgers with grass-fed Strauss beef, rotisserie chicken with stewed chickpeas and Tuscan kale, and pan-roasted Campbell River salmon with herbed corona beans. However, the chefs shop at the Santa Monica Farmers Market every Wednesday and Saturday, so dishes are subject to change. Ingo's Tasty Diner, 1213 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-395-4646.
April 30th marked the debut of Shatila Sweets in North Hollywood. Mike Shatila, whose family has achieved considerable success with Lebanese pastries and ice cream in Dearborn, Michigan, teams with Mike Haddad to replace a convenience store called G. Store & Gifts. The duo is making all baklava, mamoul, kashta, cookies and ice cream in a production kitchen in the same strip mall. Hayat Shatila, Mike's sister, co-owns popular Hayat's Kitchen with her husband in the same mall. Shatila Sweets, 11009 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, 818-505-8852.
Short Order had a four-year run at The Original Farmers Market. Now, the two-story space makes way for Moruno, a Spanish restaurant from chef Chris Feldmeier and front of house partner David Rosoff, who worked together at Osteria Mozza and Campanile, along with the Sprout LA restaurant group. The ground floor will center on the pintxo Moruno, a Moorish-influenced kebab cooked over wood. Upstairs, guests will find Bar Vermut, devoted to Spain's spirit of choice, vermouth, plus drink-friendly conservas --- small bites built with preserved or canned ingredients. Moruno, The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., 110, Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
The Hollywood & Highland Center is the site of the second California location for Grom. (The other branch can be found at Malibu Country Mart.) The Italian gelato company takes pride in using high-quality, natural ingredients and no added flavorings, colors or preservatives. Grom, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-873-2990.
New York-based Shake Shack has announced plans for its first location in the Los Angeles area. The chain is known for its burgers, hot dogs, crinkle cut fries and "concretes" (frozen custard). The opening is scheduled for 2016. Shake Shack, 8520 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Neal and Amy Knoll Fraser, along with pastry chef Mariah Swan, have opened icdc, an ice cream, doughnut and coffee shop next to BLD. icdc, 7450 1/2 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-930-9744.
Restaurateur/chef partners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) have opened another Fairfax restaurant called Jon & Vinny’s. The concept also features a wine store overseen by Helen Johannesen. Jon & Vinny's, 412 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-334-3369.
The upscale modern cantina, Toca Madera, is open in West Hollywood. It serves shared Mexican plates and fresh craft cocktails. Executive chef Raymond Alvarez’s “barrio-style fine dining” marries sustainable, locally sourced ingredients with traditional Latin flavors in dishes like cochinita pibil, tableside hot stone Wagyu, Ensenada-style fish tacos, Oaxaca empanadas and seared Chilean sea bass. The 4,500-square-foot restaurant includes a retractable roof and an interior patio. The 100-foot crystal quartz bar offers a large selection of tequilas and mezcals. Dinner Tues.-Sun.
Wilde Wine Bar and Restaurant has replaced the old 3Twenty Wine Lounge on La Brea, and is focusing on boutique wines. Chef Nader Naderi dishes up a Mediterranean menu featuring wild mushroom ragu with polenta, skate with capers and brown butter, taglioni with fresh pine and pistachio pesto, and steak frites. Dinner Tues.-Sun.. Wilde Wine Bar and Restaurant, 320 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-932-9500.
In Malibu, Nando Silvestri (Il Piccolo Ritrovo) has opened Tramonto in the former Giovanni’s Ristorante space. Expect pasta made tableside, house-made ravioli and lasagna, a gnocchi bar and probably more than a few celebs. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Tramonto, 22235 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265, 310-317-6769.
Pasadena poke fans are excited about Spinfish Poke House, which serves a variety of Hawaiian raw fish bowls in signature styles (think ahi tuna with limu, Hawaiian sea salt, chili and green onion), and others that you can customize yourself. Spinfish Poke House, 36 W. Colorado Blvd. #7, Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-585-0988.
Andrew Kirschner and partner Johnnie Jenkins (Tar & Roses) have opened SMYC (Santa Monica Yacht Club.) Housed in the former La Botte space, yachty décor accompanies chef Walter El Nagar’s focus on seafood. Expect fresh oysters with yuzu mignonette, swordfish carpaccio and salt cod brandade fritters. Beyond seafood, there’s also lamb kebab and bone-in New York steak. Dinner nightly. SMYC, 620 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-587-3330.
A new location of the JINYA Ramen Bar chain has opened on Main Street in Santa Monica, with an outdoor patio. Expect the signature tonkotsu ramen, as well as spicy chicken ramen, gyoza, sushi rolls and tempura Brussels sprouts. JINYA Ramen Bar, 2400 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-392-4466.
Belcampo Meat Co.'s second Los Angeles area location has opened in Santa Monica. (The company also operates a butcher shop and restaurant in downtown L.A.'s Grand Central Market.) Belcampo Meat Co., 1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-451-5750.
Sweetfin Poké serves up Hawaiian raw fish bowls at the corner of Eighth and Broadway in Santa Monica. The menu, created by chef Dakota Weiss, features “designer bowls” of the beloved Hawaiian seafood dish including classic tuna, kale snapper, spicy yuzu salmon and mango albacore. You can also build your own bowl. Find sides like taro chips and house-infused teas. Sweetfin Poké, 829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-395-1097.
B.S. Taqueria, a project from chef Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish) in the former Mo-Chica space in downtown Los Angeles, is open for lunch weekdays and dinner nightly. B.S. Taqueria, 514 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-622-3744.
Ox & Son in Santa Monica is a modern American restaurant from the FNA (Fork n' Awesome) Hospitality Group (The OP Cafe, Ashland Hill, Art's Table). Executive chef/partner Brad Miller presents twists on classics, such as chicken fried duck confit. Ox & Son, 1534 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-829-3990.
In Hancock Park, the former Girasole is reopening as Vernetti. Chef Steve Vernetti will dish up Italian-American classics such as house-made pastas including tagliatelle, rigatoni, penne, papperdelle and ravioli. Other dishes will include fried polenta with yam and sage, whole-roasted branzino, and passionfruit cheesecake. Vernetti, 225 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323-464-6978.
Ari Kahan and executive chef Kayson Chong (BOA Steakhouse) have opened the Mainland Poke Shop on West Third Street, featuring bowls of Hawaii’s iconic marinated raw fish dish. There's takeout and a small number of indoor/outdoor seats. Mainland Poke Shop, 8318 ½ W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-452-9904.
In Brentwood, the contemporary steakhouse Baltaire has opened, featuring a spacious dining room, an intimate fireside lounge with a baby grand piano, and al fresco dining on the sprawling 2,500-square-foot outdoor terrace. Executive chef Travis Strickland (Chicago Cut Steakhouse) showcases Prime meats cooked on imported French Montague broilers at a radiant heat of 1,600°F. Highlights include A5 Japanese Wagyu, a porterhouse for two, and a dry-aged côte de boeuf. Tableside preparations including sautéed dover sole fileted and deboned in French copper pans, and a Greek salad completely prepared on the spot. Beverage director David Vaughn (Osteria Mozza) offers a New and Old World wine list, and the cocktail menu features contemporary interpretations of Prohibition-era classics. Lunch & Dinner daily. Baltaire, 11647 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, CA 90049, 424-273-1660.
Pure by Michèle La Porta in Beverly Hills aims to be a healthier alternative to fast food. The seasonal menu has a local, sustainable focus. Pure by Michèle La Porta, 252 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 424-248-7424.
Bombo, from chef Mark Peel (Campanile, The Tar Pit), is a "broth-based seafood concept" at Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. Expect dishes like curried shrimp, steamed mussels and seared yellowtail. Bombo, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
Spacecraft Group and designer Kris Keith are designing Trejo's Tacos, a new modern Mexican cantina and restaurant from actor Danny Trejo. The 1,000-square-foot space will feature Mexican-themed murals made from custom tiles and will include outdoor seating. Trejo's Tacos, 1048 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019, no phone.
Barrel Down will open in downtown Los Angeles in May 2015. This bar/restaurant will feature 40 taps of American craft beers plus cocktails. Chef Derrick de Jesus will offer modern takes on "Americana food" designed to pair well with the brews. Barrel Down, 525 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-232-8657.
Chef Scott Zwiezen of Elf Café has opened Dune, a Mediterranean counter service spot (with sidewalk seating) in Atwater Village on Glendale Boulevard. Find organic falafel on made-to-order pita, a beet sandwich and a lamb sandwich. There are sides like rosewater dates and taboulleh, and iced tea and ginger kombucha to drink. Dune, 3143 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, no phone.
Alex Chu’s (Dim Sum Truck) brick-and-mortar takeout shop, New School Kitchen, has opened on Sawtelle in West L.A. Find dim sum-like pork and shrimp dumplings, curried chicken buns, Taiwanese pork belly buns and Hainan chicken rice. Lunch daily. New School Kitchen, 11301 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064, 424-832-3445.
Chef Brendan Collins (Waterloo & City) has opened his new restaurant, Birch, in Hollywood on Cahuenga Boulevard. Expect a modern, Scandinavian look with a back patio, and a sophisticated menu of rotating small plates including duck confit, monkfish with cucumber salad and quince, foie gras and charcuterie, as well as a tasting menu. There's beer on tap, a small wine selection and barrel-aged cocktails. Birch, 1634 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-960-3369.
Echo Park’s stylish new British pub, The Lost Knight, is now open for lunch and dinner, with classics like sausage rolls, Welsh rarebit, and fish and chips, as well as more ambitious fare including a trout pie in puff pastry, duck confit and “beet” Wellington. To drink, expect loads of British and local draught beers, but also a select wine list and classic cocktails like the Vesper and the Bramble. Lunch & Dinner daily. The Lost Knight, 1538 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-278-0408.
Asa Meza has opened in the former Lexington Social House space, where a large patio garden with Japanese lanterns beckons summer. Chef Joey Lopez dishes up an Asian-Latin menu of small and large plates, ranging from piquillo peppers with crab stuffing and saffron emulsion sauce and seabass ceviche to braised pear and marinated short ribs. Craft cocktails include the “Oaxacan Sunshine,” featuring roasted red pepper, cherry tomatoes, sage, lemon, agave and Vida mezcal. Lunch & Dinner daily. Asa Meza, 1718 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-538-2700.
Fifteen years after the opening of La Casita Mexicana, chefs Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu bring their much-loved Mexican flavors and heirloom recipes to South Los Angeles at Mexicano, located in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw shopping center. Menu highlights include a cooked-to-order tamale, Nayarit cod ceviche, and guavas marinated in a Mexican-style eggnog. Mezcal-based cocktails include the "Placero," made with cactus, lime and chicharrón salt. Lunch & Dinner daily. Mexicano, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Shopping Center, 3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008, 323-296-0798.
The former Mo's space has been turned into Continental. Executive chef Jesse Genovese presents a contemporary menu with global influences, including dishes like Moroccan chicken, Vietnamese-style banh mi and an Angus beef burger with crispy pancetta, tempura-fried dill pickles and white cheddar cheese. Continental, 4301 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505, 818-845-3009.
Goodbye to Lola’s and hello to Ysabel, a new restaurant in the former martini bar’s digs, revamped by the Laurel Hardware folks with mid-century stylings and a concise contemporary American menu. The large patio is host to creative craft cocktails made with the likes of seasonal produce and sea beans, bamboo, Middlebar pickle brine and saffron bitters. To eat, look for fresh oysters, octopus with turnip mash, beets with burrata, and agnolotti with poblano and oxtail. Dinner nightly. Ysabel, 945 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-366-2940.
Ashland Hill has supplanted the former Wildflour Pizza on Main Street in Santa Monica, with a beachy beer/wine garden that features 16 artisanal taps and select craft wines. A seasonal menu of gourmet bites and entrees includes red curry deviled eggs, kale salad, lamb and pork meatballs with confit lemon rind, Niman Ranch pork belly tacos, charred shishito mac and cheese, and a cast-iron blonde brownie. Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun. Ashland Hill, 2807 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90404, 310-392-3300.
Clutch, a Cali-Mex barbecue restaurant, is the newest Venice spot from restaurateur Oscar Hermosillo (Venice Beach Wines, Cerveteca). Local designers Landlocd Design pay homage to the motor using décor elements like car exhaust tubing and train track tie bolts. Bringing a SoCal influence to his Mexican and Baja California roots, Hermosillo crafted the menu with his mother and chef Nikolai Trigueros (Blue Plate Taco) to offer more local produce and seafood. Featured dishes include periwinkles with salsa verde, Santa Maria tri tip, smoked duck, carne asada and different kinds of fish cooked over a wood-burning grill. Beer and wine. Clutch, 427 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-396-8749.
North Hollywood’s newly opened Idle Hour looms large on Vineland in the shape of a giant whiskey barrel (it was built as a tap room in the 1941, and has been empty for 44 years). It’s lined with plenty of wood, and features a big tree-shaded patio in back. There’s even a private party room shaped like a bulldog. The cocktail program was created by Chris Amirault (Harlowe) with fresh, housemade twists on American classics. Expect two dozen beers on tap. To eat, find the likes of steak frites, fish and chips, pulled pork sliders, mac and cheese and bourbon-braised sloppy Joe. Idle Hour, 4824 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91601, 818-980-5600.
Chef Tin Vuong’s modern American steakhouse in downtown Hermosa Beach, Steak & Whisky, is now open. The restaurant is set in a 1920's historic brick building. Expect steakhouse classics ranging from a Prime, dry-aged rib eye and A5 Japanese Miyazaki Wagyu to Kurobuta pork short rib and roasted duck breast. Other luxe bites include a “croque caviar” with smoked salmon and crème fraiche. Find 200-plus wines on a list that features many Napa Valley & Bordeaux options; approximately 12 wines at a time rotate on the Coravin system. The bar also offers more than 80 whiskies and handcrafted cocktails. Dinner nightly. Steak & Whisky, 117 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, 310-318-5555 .
Rooftop supper club E.P. & L.P. (“extended play” and “long play”) will open on the corner of Melrose and La Cienega. Australian chef Louis Tikaram calls up his Fijian, Chinese and Indian roots at this self-styled “Asian eating house,” with dishes like grilled short rib with ginger and coriander root, Fijian ceviche with cilantro and coconut, and traditional Fijian lovo --- meat and vegetables wrapped in banana leaves and steamed in a pit of hot rocks. Designed by Projects of Imagination, the eatery will be on the first floor, while the 4,000-square-foot rooftop lounge will host several bars. E.P. & L.P., 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-855-9955.
Southern California’s Brouwerij West will open its craft brewery in Summer 2015. It will be located in San Pedro inside a wood truss-roofed warehouse that was originally built by the U.S. Navy in the 1940s, now part of the CRAFTED arts complex. This will house the beer production, as well as a restaurant with seating for more than 200 people, a bottle shop, a coffee bar, a retail outlet and large private event space. Brouwerij West, Warehouse No. 9, 110 East 22nd St., San Pedro, CA 90731, no phone.
Chef Ray Garcia (B.S. Taqueria) is teaming up with restaurateur Bill Chait on Broken Spanish, located in the former Rivera space in downtown Los Angeles. Garcia was the 2014 “King of Porc” (the winner of the Grand Cochon competition at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen) so pork will likely play a prominent part on the menu. Broken Spanish, Met Lofts, 1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, No phone.
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, called Sāmbār. Sāmbār, 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT DEALS & PROMOTIONS
"BBQ with a View" at The Roof Garden
The Roof Garden at The Peninsula Beverly Hills is bringing back its weekend bbq series featuring executive chef David Codney’s take on barbecue specialties. Dishes include Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can chicken with charred corn and cabbage cilantro slaw; chipotle and coffee rubbed tri-tip with house-made oak-aged sauce; and a banana split with cinnamon ice cream, tostones and rum-raisins. This à la carte barbecue menu is available from May 22 to September 5, 2015, on Saturday and Sunday evenings only. For reservations, please call 310-975 2855 or visit beverlyhills.peninsula.com. The Roof Garden, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-975-2855.
Cherry Season at Il Grano
Il Grano is celebrating cherry season with different varieties and preparations each week, such as cherry gazpacho with lobster. Il Grano, 11359 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 310-477-7886.
Brunch Service at The Larchmont
The Larchmont celebrates its two-year milestone by opening the doors of its Craftsman-style bungalow for brunch. Executive chef Kevin Kathman’s contemporary California menu includes deviled eggs with smoked whitefish, caviar and Meyer lemon; the “Stoner” with peanut butter crunch French toast, maple bacon and roasted banana --- with an option to add foie gras --- and “King Crab” with butter-poached crab, Béarnaise, crispy potato and poached eggs. Brunch hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The Larchmont, 5750 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-464-4277.
Redbird Opens for Lunch Tuesday-Friday
Neal Fraser’s Redbird is now serving lunch downtown, Tuesday through Friday, with dishes like Thai-style Dungeness crab soup, hangar steak and a cheddar cheeseburger. Redbird, Vibiana, 114 E. Second St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-788-1191.
Pez Cantina Debuts Sunday Brunch
Pez Cantina, the coastal Mexican spot from Patina alum Bret Thompson, now offers Sunday brunch. Expect traditional Mexican breakfast and some luxe offerings, alongside a Bloody Maria bar. The patio should be an ideal DTLA summer brunch spot. Pez Cantina, 401 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-258-2280.
Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson Team Up on Loco'L
Maverick chef Roy Choi’s upcoming healthy fast food spot in Watts, Loco’L, is projected to open in late summer or early fall. Choi (Kogi, POT) has teamed up with San Francisco chef Daniel Patterson (Coi), who will also open a Loco’L in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. The chefs share a goal of “revolutionizing” fast food. Healthy burgers will be made with grains and tofu, buns will be nutrient-dense, and they will be priced at only 99 cents. Choi insists there will be no sodas, only agua frescas.
Madera Kitchen’s Wine Room Opens
Chic Caheunga corridor haunt Madera Kitchen has debuted a new wine room, open nightly with a special tasting menu from chef Vanessa Lauren (Petit Trois, ABC’s "The Taste"). The wine room tasting menu ($50 per person) is a special project from Lauren, and features fresh oysters, bone marrow crostini, pappardelle with duck ragu and morels, braised oxtail over beet yogurt and roasted baby vegetables, and chef’s choice dessert. Wine pairings are also available. The room seats 20 people, and reservations are recommended. Madera Kitchen, 1835 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 213-261-3687.
Baja-inspired Brunch at solita Tacos & Margaritas
A Baja-inspired brunch menu is being served up on weekends at solita Tacos & Margaritas in the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Dishes include huevos rancheros, a fruit plate with Greek yogurt and agave, and a breakfast burrito. All entrées are offered with a small side of black or pinto beans, Spanish rice or signature slaw. There are also mimosas, sangria, Bloody Marys and more available. solita Tacos & Margaritas, Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Ste. 3470, Valencia, CA 91355, 661-291-1399.
UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS
Chef David Féau (ex-Patina and The Royce) has taken the reins of the kitchen at Wally's Beverly Hills. This spinoff location of the the iconic Los Angeles wine store Wally’s was originally more of a wine and gourmet store, but now the restaurant and bar part is the focus. Wally's Beverly Hills, 447 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-475-3540.
Kevin Kathman (The French Laundry) now governs the menus as executive chef at The Larchmont. He's presenting California-inspired menus influenced by European and Asian flavors. The Larchmont, 5750 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-464-4277.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
Lattitude Thai Restaurant in Santa Monica has been replaced by RIZE Thai & Sushi Infusion. Lattitude Thai Restaurant, 2906 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
After 30 years, rising rents on Abbot Kinney forced Venice neighborhood favorite Hal’s Bar & Grill to close. The owners of the restaurant hope to relocate nearby. Hal's Bar & Grill, 1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
Brilliantshine, the cocktail-and-small-plate spot in Santa Monica, has closed. Brilliantshine, 522 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
Murph's in Sherman Oaks has shuttered and has been replaced by Downtown Johnny's. Murph's, 14649 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, no phone.
Trendy WeHo steakhouse STK is closing its doors on La Cienega and moving to the W Los Angeles Westwood hotel later this summer. STK, 755 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-659-3535.
Pasadena’s Mediterranean burger (and belly dancing) spot, Burger Continental, has closed after 45 years of business. Burger Continental, 535 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, no phone.
The glamorous restaurant and lounge Acabar has closed. Acabar, 1510 N. Stanley Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90046, no phone.
In Venice, the iconic Rose Café has temporarily shut down for renovations as restaurateur Bill Chait takes over ownership. Jason Neroni (formerly of Superba Snack Bar) will helm the stoves once it reopens in Summer 2015. Owner and chef do not plan to change the basic concept of the long-beloved neighborhood café, and the mural will also remain. The Rose Cafe, 220 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310-399-0711.
Richard Sandoval’s Latin spots La Sandia and Zengo, located atop the third floor of Santa Monica Place, have closed to make way for a new location of The Cheesecake Factory. La Sandia, Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
RivaBella closed March 15, 2015, to make way for ROKU, a new Japanese restaurant from Innovative Dining Group. Expect favorites from the Sushi Roku menu as well as teppanyaki. RivaBella, 9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-278-2060.
Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood has officially closed due to the end of contractual agreements between Ramsay’s company and the hotel. The restaurant remains open, and is now renamed Boxwood. Chef Anthony Keene is still in charge the kitchen, and the menu remains the same for the moment. Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood, The London West Hollywood, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Santa Monica’s seasonal pioneer, JiRaffe, closed after Valentine’s Day 2015. Owner Raphael Lunetta opened the restaurant with Josiah Citrin (Mélisse) 18 years ago. JiRaffe, 502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
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