Los Angeles Restaurant News
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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
Entrepreneur Andrew Meieran (The Edison) has resurrected Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles. Clifton's, 648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-627-1673.
Maia is now open in the former Mirabelle space on the Sunset Strip, and features a lush, twinkling patio, as well a sleek inside dining room and a lounge with post-dinner DJs. Expect oysters, a lobster quesadilla, ceviche and poke to start; larger plates include smoked chicken with chipotle cream, Alsakan halibut with squash blossoms, and filet mignon with a yuzu-sake glaze. There’s also a sushi and sashimi menu with specialty hand rolls, and handcrafted cocktails and “sangria kits” that come with fruits, wine and purées on a tray. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Maia, 8768 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-0366.
The owners of Silverlake Wine and two Everson Royce wine shops have teamed with chef Matt Molina (ex-Mozza) on the multi-faceted Arts District destination Everson Royce Bar. A fashionable bar with "My That's Better" in cursive neon gives way to a big back patio with picnic tables, a blue bocce court, wood and brick walls, colorful patchwork flooring, strings of lights and views of the sky. Matt Molina has created a comfort food menu that includes a burger, grilled chicken thighs marinated in Peruvian aji sauce, and biscuits with whipped butter. Co-owner Randy Clement has built an eclectic wine list with minimal mark-up. Bartender Chris Ojeda, previously with Soho House and The Varnish, is overseeing the cocktail program. Dinner nightly. Everson Royce Bar, 1936 E 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-335-6166.
Avenue 31, a new sibling of the chic Monaco restaurant of the same name, has opened in the former Le Clafoutis space. Expect a Mediterranean menu and a bar program from mixologist extraordinaire Matthew “Eat Your Drink” Biancaniello, which includes a selection of creative, boozy oysters. Avenue 31, 8630 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-5983.
Chef Tony Xu completes his Chengdu quartet with Chengdu Taste #4 (301 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel), slated to open in late autumn 2015, putting a focus on Sichuan noodles. Xu’s three other San Gabriel valley restaurants are popular for spicy Chengdu specialties and other dishes from China’s western region.
NorCal’s popular Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant concept Yalla is bringing a new location to the Burbank Empire Center this fall. The restaurant’s Mediterranean cuisine (spanning Greece, Morocco, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Tunisia and Egypt) utilizes locally sourced produce, hormone-free and responsibly raised meats, and wild-caught fish. The menu includes steak skewers with harissa, Turkish spiced ground lamb and beef, wild salmon marinated in Greek yogurt and chermoula, and Moroccan carrot salad. To drink, there will be wine and craft beer, and for dessert you'll find soft serve Greek yogurt with chopped baklava and honey. Yalla, Burbank Empire Center, 1781 N. Victory Pl., Burbank, CA 91502, no phone.
Restaurateur Stéphane Bombet (Terrine) and chef Michael Hung will launch Viviane, offering continental cuisine, at Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills. Kelly Wearstler is designing the space. Bombet Hospitality Group is assuming oversight of all food and beverage operations at the hip property at Olympic Boulevard and Canon Drive, with chef Hung crafting the fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Oliverio restaurant remains open at this time. Viviane, Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills, 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, No phone.
Opening in October 2015 in Venice is Charcoal, a neighborhood restaurant with fire pit-grilled cuisine from acclaimed chef Josiah Citrin (Mélisse). Dishes will include dry-aged New York steak, grilled chicken and smoked short ribs. House-made vinegars, mustards and sauces will accompany the meats; vegetables include baked Yukon potatoes with chives and Gouda. Charcoal, 425 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292, No phone.
Jesse Gomez and chef/partner Jose Acevedo are heading to Brentwood to open a sister location of popular Studio City Mexican seafood restaurant Maradentro. Maradentro Brentwood will debut in the former Café Rockenwagner (1168 S. Barrington Ave.). Designer Ana Henton will extend the flagship’s modern nautical aesthetic to both the dining room and the patio. Expect similar menu favorites, and an early 2016 opening date.
Chef Steve Samson (Sotto) will bring a new Italian restaurant, Rossoblù, to the Fashion District’s City Market South redevelopment project, due to open in 2016. Menus will focus on the regions of Bologna and Emilia-Romagna, with handmade pastas, pizza from wood-burning ovens and spit-roasted meats.
Celebrated San Francisco chef Charles Phan will open an L.A. outpost of his modern Vietnamese restaurant The Slanted Door in downtown’s new City Market South development, located in the Fashion District. The large restaurant will be designed by Olle Lundberg, with a late 2016 opening.
Starry Kitchen’s Nguyen and Thi Tran are pairing up with co-owners Jordan Weiss and Gabriel Fowlkes to open Button Mash in Echo Park in late September. Besides offering a motherlode of vintage arcade games, pinball machines and craft beers, the Tran’s menu will feature SK favorites including crispy tofu balls, garlic noodles and tamarind-chile chicken wings. Also, expect new items such as a Coca-Cola-braised jackfruit sandwich with mozzarella on a roll, and vegan specialties. The spot will be open for lunch and dinner, late on weekends, with Saturday and Sunday brunch to follow soon. Button Mash, 1391 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-250-9903.
Andre Guerrero (Maximiliano, The Oinkster) plans to open a bakery/salumeria/market in Highland Park (5930 York Blvd.) this fall called Sugar & Bone. Expect house-smoked meats, pastas, pastries and breads from pastry chef Jan Purdy, and Intelligentsia coffee.
Restaurateur Bill Chait and chef Walter Manzke have opened a second location of Petty Cash Taqueria in downtown L.A.'s Arts District. Petty Cash Taqueria, 712 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-624-0210.
Portland chef Andy Ricker’s anticipated Thai restaurant Pok Pok LA will open in Chinatown in October. The 200-seat restaurant will span two stories of Mandarin Plaza, and will include a bar/lounge and courtyard patio. Expect Ricker’s signature Northern Thai specialties featured on the Pok Pok PDX menu, and dishes from his Whiskey Soda Lounge on the bar menu. Pok Pok LA, 970 N. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, No phone.
WeHo’s hit spot Salt’s Cure will be relocating to Highland Avenue in Hollywood this fall, taking over the former Ammo space. Chef/owners Zak Walters and Chris Phelps will serve the same California-sourced menu at their twice-as-big new restaurant, which will include a patio and a full bar. It will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The West Hollywood location will remain open until the new restaurant debuts. Ammo, meanwhile, is moving to a new Melrose location. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun. Salt's Cure, 1155 Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
Look for a new giant brewpub arriving from Cedd Moses (Seven Grand, Cole’s) and Brian Lenzo (Blue Palms Brewhouse) this fall, the Arts District Brewing Company, located on Traction Avenue. Beer-maker Devon Randall with be on board creating distinctive brews for the bar/restaurant, which will also feature a rooftop area and Skee-Ball. Arts District Brewing Company, 830 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013, No phone.
The sprawling new Le Petit Paris, set in a historic 1913 hotel lobby on Spring Street in DTLA, offers multi-level seating, an outdoor patio, a coffee lounge and a boutique marketplace dishing up all things French. The venue is from Cannes restaurateurs David and Fanny Rolland. Le Petit Paris, El Dorado Building, 418-420 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-217-4445.
Expect early California rancho recipes reimagined by chef Anne Conness (Tin Roof Bistro) at El Segundo’s new Sausal. The restaurant is named after Rancho Sausal Redondo (Round Willow Ranch), the vast farmstead that once encompassed El Segundo and most of the South Bay. The “nuevo rancho cuisine” blends traditional Hispanic ingredients with local farmers market fare. Dinner nightly. Sausal, 219 Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245, 310-322-2721.
Gardner Junction inhabits a former Red Car trolley stop location, reimagined by Spacecraft designers with a nostalgic nod to mid-century train travel. In the dining room, bar and outdoor patio, chef/owner Steve Brown (Inn of the Seventh Ray, Monsieur Marcel) offers an American farm-to-table menu of small plates like foie gras and squid ink waffles, and 72-hour braised short ribs. Expect a boutique Califonia wine list by the glass, craft beers and 10 artisanal cocktails. Gardner Junction, 1451 N. Gardner St., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-450-9021.
Alexander's Steakhouse has taken over the former McCormick & Schmick's space in Pasadena. The restaurant, which also has locations in San Francisco and Cupertino, features certified Angus beef as well as imported Wagyu. Alexander's Steakhouse, 111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-486-1111.
Relais de Paris has opened in Beverly Hills. Expect bistro dishes such as steak frites, mussels and pan-roasted duck. Relais de Paris, 8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 93101, 310-289-8500.
Musician/DJ Moby and chef Anne Thornton will open Little Pine, an organic, vegan bistro in Silver Lake. Little Pine, 2870 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039, No phone.
The Rustic Canyon family of restaurants has debuted Esters, a new wine shop, bar and marketplace in downtown Santa Monica. Housed in the historic 1937 Art Deco Telephone Building, Esters is located across the hall from the restaurant group’s newly opened Cassia, where co-owner Kathryn Coker also curates the wine program. A marketplace offers a wide variety of artisanal items including cheeses and cured meats from boutique salumerias. Dishes from Rustic Canyon chef Jeremy Fox include smoked California fish in a jar with pickled ramps, Cook Pigs Ranch pork terrine with grape mustard, and cucumber panzanella with dill and house-cultured yogurt. Esters, 1314 7th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-899-6900.
In Sherman Oaks, the former Senor Fred space is now an Italian restaurant, Marlin & Ono. Expect Southern Italian cuisine including squid ink linguine; prawns grilled with basil, artichoke hearts, prosciutto and pistou; sea scallops wrapped in pancetta; and Prime sirloin tagliata. Craft cocktails include the “Thyme Machine” made with Nolet Gin, Solerno blood orange liqueur, lemon, thyme and fresh cantaloupe. Dinner nightly. Marlin & Ono Grille, 13730 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818-849-5585.
Adam Cole (ink.) has opened Maple Block Meat Company in Culver City. The menu spotlights Texas barbecue. Maple Block Meat Company, 3973 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230, 310-313-6328.
The Window at Moruno, a takeout spot at The Original Farmers Market in the alley near Gate 7, offers a preview of the forthcoming Moruno, which will open in the former Short Order space. It will be a full-service 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.
Chef Steven Fretz, currently with The Church Key and a Top Round co-founder, has teamed with Moscow-based Ginza Project on the seafood-focused Fin and Fire. It is projected to debut in the downtown L.A.'s Arts District in 2016. Fretz predicts a wide-ranging seafood menu that will include lobster rolls, crab cakes, tartares and cataplanas, all presented with modern twists. The design will include a rooftop dining room, with turquoise and copper accents. Fin and Fire, 2140 E. Seventh Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
Chef Brian Dunsmoor and front-of-house counterpart Jonathan Strader, who found success with the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing pop-up, The Hart & the Hunter and Ladies' Gunboat Society at Flores, partnered with Louie Ryan and his wife, Netty, on this rustic American restaurant in Culver City. Hatchet Hall features a patio framed by cast iron, a granite oyster bar, and the "Old Man Bar" in the back. Dunsmoor presides over a white oak grill and sources from farmers' markets to produce dishes like bay scallops with brown butter and creamed corn; pork chop with Madeira, chanterelles and sweetbreads; and rib eye with bone marrow butter. Cappy Sorentino oversees the cocktail program. Dinner nightly. Hatchet Hall, 12517 W Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-391-4222.
The Garland celebrates a $20 million renovation and redesign with the opening of The Front Yard, featuring an al fresco lounge, rattan furniture and globe lanterns. The Front Yard is open for three meals daily, plus weekend brunch. Chef Chris Turano showcases share-friendly, L.A.-inspired cooking. Each morning, expect a breakfast menu that's heavy on egg dishes and also includes a buffet for indecisive (or especially hungry) diners. Lunch brings salads, sandwiches and flatbreads. Dinner consists of heartier, more composed fare, including wild halibut with romanesco; linguine with Dungeness crab and fava beans; and dry-aged rib eye with shishito peppers, fingerling potatoes and maitake mushrooms. A full bar serves craft cocktails and beer, as well as 18 wines by the glass. The Front Yard, The Garland, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91602, 818-255-7290.
Chef Bryant Ng and his wife, Kim Luu-Ng, who steered The Spice Table to national praise, have teamed with prolific restaurateurs Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan (Huckleberry, Milo & Olive, Rustic Canyon, Sweet Rose Creamery) on this modern Asian restaurant in Santa Monica. Cassia, whose name that refers to a variety of Vietnamese cinnamon, occupies the ground floor of an Art Deco building, with 135 seats indoors, bars devoted to alcohol and raw seafood preparations, and 65 seats on the patio. Culinary influences primarily draw from Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam, resulting in Asian-leaning charcuterie and dishes like Vietnamese pot au feu, white pepper crab and tandoor-blistered naan with chopped escargots. Some dishes popular at The Spice Table have made the transition west, including kaya toast. Zoe Nathan and Laurel Almerinda have teamed on desserts like Vietnamese coffee pudding. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Cassia, 1314 7th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-393-6699.
Brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg have brought their Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill to The Grove in the Fairfax District. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-352-9300.
Chef Rick Bayless has opened a Santa Monica location of his modern Mexican restaurant Red O, which already has branches in Los Angeles (on Melrose Avenue) and Newport Beach. Red O, 1541 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90046, 310-458-1600.
Manhattan House has opened in Manhattan Beach. Chef Diana Stavaridis creates a seasonal menu influenced by food sustainability. Manhattan House, 1019 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-574-2277.
Otium, a project from Bill Chait's Sprout LA restaurant group, will likely open in October 2015. The downtown Los Angeles restaurant will feature wood-fired fare from chef Timothy Hollingsworth, the former chef de cuisine of The French Laundry who also collaborated on Barrel & Ashes. Otium, 222 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
Black Hogg chef Eric Park has reformatted his former DTLA Hero Shop into the Ohana Poké Co., offering a selection of bases (heirloom sushi rice or kale), with poke variations of ohana shoyu, spicy tuna, sweet unagi, chili mango, shiso radish and soy ginger tofu. Sides include kimchi cucumbers and ponzu spicy noodles. To drink, there’s ginger beer, Mexican pop and Stumptown cold brew coffee. Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat. Ohana Poké Co., 130 E. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-265-7561.
Chef Charles Olalia (ex-Patina) and business partner Santos Uy (Papilles) have opened the intimate Rice Bar in downtown L.A., serving Filipino rice bowls made with non-GMO, fair-trade heirloom rice, imported from various islands in the Philippines. Dishes feature chicken tinola (free-range chicken simmered in aromatic ginger broth, green papaya, chili leaves) bistek Tagalog (soy marinated black angus beef sirloin, pan-seared, with red onions & calamansi), and dilis frito (sun-dried anchovies, deep-fried and topped off with avocado, tomato, radish and scallion salad.) For dessert, find coconut ice pops, and juice and soda to drink. Expect breakfast service soon. Rice Bar, 419 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Former "Top Chef" contestant Nyesha Arrington (ex-Wilshire Restaurant) has opened her first restaurant, Leona, on Washington Boulevard in Venice. Expect “progressive California cuisine” with local sourcing and pan-cultural accents, like a slow-braised short rib, coastal seafood cocktail with watermelon and tomato, and sweet corn ice cream with fresh turmeric on white peaches and rose water. A variety of spaces at the restaurant include a chef’s counter, communal tables and patio. Beer and wine are served. Leona, 123 W Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-822-5379.
Adrienne Nicole Borlongan, a food scientist and cocktail pro, is teaming up with attorney JP Lopez on Wanderlust Creamery in Tarzana. The business operates a micro-dairy in-house and makes its own base. Borlongan preaches global inspiration and local ingredients for flavors like blueberry elderflower and strawberry balsamic mascarpone. Wanderlust Creamery, 18511 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356, 818-774-9888.
Mint Leaf is a colorful Indian restaurant in east Pasadena that features a pressed-tin ceiling, wood tables and floors, elaborate wallpaper in bold colors, and golden chandeliers. Executive chef Jayanta K. Paul delivers a balanced menu with a variety of proteins prepared in the tandoor, and featured in curries or sauces like tikka masala. Breads stray from tradition, with naan stuffed with combos like feta and olives, or mozzarella and toasted pine nuts. Desserts like kulfi and rasmalai are made in-house. To drink, sure they serve lassis, but Mint Leaf also carries a full liquor license. Lunch & Dinner daily. Mint Leaf, 2535 East Washington Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107, 626-460-8776.
Since shuttering BierBeisl in Beverly Hills, chef Bernhard Mairinger has opened BierBeisl Imbiss in the Spring Arcade Building in downtown Los Angeles. The concept is modern Austrian street food. BierBeisl Imbiss, Spring Arcade Building, 541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-935-8035.
Chef Ted Hopson and beverage director Ann-Marie Verdi, who worked together at Father’s Office, have partnered on The Bellwether, a seasonal, family-style restaurant in Studio City. The beverage program showcases craft beer, wines from independent California vineyards and cocktails that center on market-driven house infusions, with options from each category flowing from 20 taps. Ana Henton designed the space, which encompasses 3,200 square feet, including 70 indoor seats at crimson leather banquettes and butcher block tables, a full bar and 30 patio seats. The Bellwether, 13251 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-285-8184.
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. Look for a Fall 2015 opening. Estrella, 8800 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 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.
Terrine Expanding Lunch Service to Weekdays
Starting October 12, 2015, Terrine will expand its hours to include weekday lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Along with classic French dishes such as croque monsieur, beef tartare and quiche du jour, there will be new menu items, including a French dip sandwich and smoked chicken breast with butter lettuce, avocado, herb crème fraîche, radish and crunchy shallots. Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
Festive Treats at Bouchon Bakery
Chef Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery is offering a number of fun, Halloween-inspired treats, including TKO (Thomas Keller Oreo) bat cookies, pumpkin cupcakes, cranberry macarons and more. They will be available from October 17th through October 31st. Bouchon Bakery, Garden Building, 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-271-9910.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Promotion at Mr. C
The Restaurant at Mr. C will celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a pink-inspired food and drink promotion. During the entire month of October, any time a guest purchases a glass of Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé Champagne ($22), a cup of Tealeaves mountain berry hot tea ($5.95) or a slice of the PINK signature Cipriani banilla meringue cake ($12.95), the hotel will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, an organization dedicated to achieving a future without breast cancer. Mr. C., Mr. C Hotel, 1224 Beverwil Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 310-226-6245.
Wally's Launches New Truffle Market
Wally’s Beverly Hills has launched its new truffle market, and will carry the largest selection of truffles in Los Angeles, as well as gourmet products made with truffles from around the world. Additionally, executive chef David Féau will incorporate seasonal truffles into his new signature truffle dishes --- foie gras with truffle torchon, soft scrambled eggs with truffles, and truffle risotto --- or on the menu items of guests’ choosing. Wally's Beverly Hills, 447 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-475-3540.
Mud Hen Tavern Launches Take-Out Window
Susan Feniger’s Mud Hen Tavern has launched its “take-out window extreme” called Blue Window, a concept that runs weekdays only from noon-10 p.m., and rotates themes every six months. The debut theme (through February 2016) is Asia. All dishes are $7 each, and include Korean potstickers, albacore poke, barbecued bao, stuffed tempura, chicken wings and a banh mi sandwich. Dishes can be made vegan upon request. Blue Window, 742 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-203-0500.
The Lucques Group Partners with the Hollywood Bowl
Starting in the 2016 summer season, the Hollywood Bowl’s food and restaurant services will be overseen by chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur/wine director Caroline Styne. The Lucques Group (a.o.c., Lucques, Tavern and The Larder) will partner with Sodexo Leisure to offer seasonal fare specially designed for this beloved music venue.
Venice's Whole Foods Market Expanding with Restaurant
Whole Foods Market in Venice will take over the adjacent laundromat and turn it into a 60-seat restaurant. It will be under the direction of chef Derek Harrison. Stay tuned for more details. Whole Foods Market, 225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-566-9480.
Special Menu Exhibition from Los Angeles Public Library
The Los Angeles Public Library presents highlights from its extensive collection of menus in the special exhibition “To Live and Dine in L.A.” On display are menus from famous Los Angeles restaurants such as The Brown Derby, along with photos, artist installations and short films. USC Annenberg professor Josh Kun curated the exhibition and also authored the companion book To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City. The exhibition can be viewed at the Central Library (630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, 90071) through November 13, 2015. For more information, visit the Los Angeles Public Library’s website
Mad Fritz Creates Bespoke Beer for The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Napa Valley's small-batch brewery Mad Fritz has created a bespoke beer, The Lion and the Mouse, exclusively for The Peninsula Beverly Hills. It is available at The Club Bar. The Belvedere, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-788-2306.
Chef Ricardo Zarate Presents a Pop-up
Ricardo Zarate, who helped to bring Peruvian cuisine to prominence at restaurants like Mo-Chica, Paiche and Picca, returns to L.A. with a pop-up called Once at Santino's in Santa Monica. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, Zarate, the eleventh child in his family, features 11 different share-friendly plates, plus dessert. The menu changes weekly, depending on what Zarate finds at the farmers' market. Feisser Stone is contributing low ABV cocktails, since Santino's only has a beer and wine license. For more information, visit Once's web site. Once, 3021 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
sbe Sells Katsuya and Cleo to the One Group
Hospitality giant sbe, owned by Sam Nazarian, is selling its two successful restaurant chains of Katsuya and Cleo to the rival One Group, which owns the STK and Bagatelle brands. Katsuya, 11777 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-207-8744.
Nobu Malibu Adds Weekend Breakfast Service
Nobu Malibu has debuted weekend breakfast service, and will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-noon. Nosh on more traditional dishes like buttermilk pancakes and French toast, or explore luxe oceanside options like crab cake egg Benedict, caviar “hot pot” and Japanese bento box with umami sea bass. Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265, 310-317-9140.
Sāmbār Opens for Lunch
Akasha Richmond’s new restaurant Sāmbār is now open for lunch. The new lunch menu will reflect lighter Indian cooking, including vegetarian options, such as the yogi thali plate with punjabi mama greens, zucchini kofta with cashew, tomato and saffron sauce; and modern takes on street food favorites such as chicken kati with yogurt roasted chicken, pomegranate-mint and peach chutney. Also, expect salads and burgers. Sāmbār, 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-558-8800.
UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS
Executive chef Isaias Peña is taking over the reins in the kitchen at Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern. The new menu features dishes such as house-cured charcuterie, bahn mi pork belly pizza, chicken and waffle sliders, stout beer-braised short rib gnocchi and coffee-ancho ahi. Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern, 5370 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-525-2618.
Chef Perfecto Rocher has left smoke.oil.salt. and chef Ricardo Zarate (formerly of Mo-Chica, Picca and Paiche) is consulting on the menu. smoke.oil.salt., 7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-930-7900.
Chef Mirko Paderno has left his position at Oliverio at the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills. He will be chef de cuisine to Angelo Auriana at Officine Brera in downtown Los Angeles. Both chefs previously worked at Valentino in Santa Monica. Oliverio, Avalon Hotel, 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-407-7791.
Chef Chad Colby, the opening chef at chi SPACCA, has departed his post to open a restaurant in Hollywood with chef Curtis Stone (Maude). Zach Allen, a longtime Mario Batali disciple, replaces Colby as chi SPACCA executive chef. Allen has worked for Batali, Joe Bastianich and New York-based B&B Hospitality Group since 1999. He installed a salumi program at Otto Enoteca Pizzeria in New York and assumes control of the similarly vaunted meat locker at chi SPACCA, which B&B owns with chef Nancy Silverton. chi SPACCA, 6610 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-297-1133.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
The West Third Street location of Sushi Roku, from Innovative Dining Group (IDG), will have its last night of service on October 17, 2015. During its final week (October 12-17), the restaurant will feature menu favorites along with surprise dishes from IDG's forthcoming new concept, ROKU. Sushi Roku also has outposts in Santa Monica, Pasadena, Newport Beach, Las Vegas and Scottsdale. Sushi Roku, 8445 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-655-6767.
Alma announced via Instagram that its final night of dinner service will be October 24, 2015. Chef Ari Taymor was one of GAYOT's 2014 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the U.S. Alma, 952 S. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-244-1422.
Chef-owner Salvatore Marino will close his Italian restaurant Il Grano in December 2015. Look for special wine dinners and menus in the coming months. Il Grano, 11359 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 310-477-7886.
Tar & Roses is closed for construction repairs after a fire in the hood of the wood-burning oven. Tar & Roses, 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-587-0700.
Three years after purchasing Pascal Rigo's La Boulange Bakery brand for $100 million, Starbucks has shuttered the La Boulange café in Los Angeles, as well as the locations in San Francisco. La Boulange, 359 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Culver City’s highly regarded Italian restaurant in the Helms Bakery complex, Bucato, has closed. Bucato, Helms Bakery, 3280 Helms Ave., Culver City, CA 90034, no phone.
After more than 20 years in business, House of Blues on the Sunset Strip has closed. House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Piccolo Ristorante in Venice announced on Facebook that the restaurant is temporarily closed. Piccolo Ristorante, 5 Dudley Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310-314-3222.
The charming Italian restaurant Al Bacio Ristorante, located on the Sunset Strip, has closed. Al Bacio Ristorante, 8741 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Pasadena's Beckham Grill, a longtime favorite for British grub, closed August 8, 2015 to make way for an apartment complex. Beckham Grill, 77 W. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91103, 626-796-3399.
Cafe Rockenwagner in Brentwood has closed. Chef Hans Röckenwagner continues to operate Rockenwagner Bakery and 3 Square Cafe + Bakery. Cafe Rockenwagner, 1168 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049, no phone.
Innovative Dining Group's Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar in downtown Los Angeles has shuttered. Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar, 801 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, no phone.
Nadine Trujillo, who served Mexican food at Alegria for 22 years, many in a Silver Lake strip mall, recently retired. However, she left the restaurant in good hands. Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Ludo Lefebvre, who have already found success with Trois Mec and Petit Trois in Hollywood, promse #thenexttrois on Instagram, while posing with a decorative Alegria toucan. No word yet on the specific type of cuisine, or when the next Trois will open. Alegria, 3510 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
The Venice location of Hostaria del Piccolo has closed. The Santa Monica branch of Hostaria del Piccolo remains open. Hostaria del Piccolo, 512 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, no phone available.
The international Chinese restaurant group Hakkasan has closed Hakkasan in Beverly Hills. The company has decided to focus on its other Los Angeles concepts, including The NICE GUY and Henry's. Hakkasan, 245 N. Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
The Belvedere in The Peninsula Beverly Hills has closed for an extensive renovation and will reopen in December 2015, in time for the holidays, with a new concept. Mediterranean-inspired fare highlighting seafood will replace the former menu of contemporary American cuisine, with the kitchen still overseen by executive chef David Codney. Outdoor dining will be a significant component of the evolved restaurant, complemented by a refurbished interior. The Belvedere, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-788-2306.
In mid-July 2015, chef Phillip Frankland Lee closed Scratch Bar in Beverly Hills. However, the restaurant has since re-opened under the same name, but Lee is no longer involved. He plans to bring his Scratch Bar concept to a new location in the San Fernando Valley. Scratch Bar, 111 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-289-8010.
Continental, the short-lived replacement for Mo's in Burbank, has closed. Continental, 4301 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505, no phone.
Field Trip at the Farmers Kitchen in Hollywood has shuttered. Field Trip at the Farmers Kitchen, 1555 Vine St., Ste. 119, Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
After more than six decades in business, Billy's Deli in Glendale has closed. Billy's Deli, 216 N. Orange St., Glendale, CA 91203, no phone.
Heywood, the gourmet grilled cheese shop in Silver Lake, has shuttered. Heywood, 3337 1/2 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse downtown is temporarily closed. It is scheduled to re-open in October 2015 with a new look. Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, 330 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-680-0330.