Los Angeles Restaurant News
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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
House of Macau in Hollywood is scheduled to open on July 6, 2015. The menu will feature modern takes on classic Macanese cuisine. House of Macau, 1600 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-745-5038.
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 will showcase 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 is designing the space, which will encompass 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, no phone.
Broken Spanish, a project from chef Ray Garcia (B.S. Taqueria), is open for dinner nightly starting at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant is located in the former Rivera space in downtown Los Angeles. Broken Spanish, Met Lofts, 1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-749-1460.
The Point, a new shopping, dining and entertainment destination in El Segundo, will feature several restaurants including Superba Food + Bread, Craft Shack (a concept from Simms Restaurant Group), Hopdoddy Burger Bar, True Food Kitchen and Mendocino Farms. For more information, visit www.thepointsb.com. The Point, 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245, 310-414-5280.
Chef Brandon Boudet and partner Warner Ebbink (Dominick’s, Little Dom’s) have opened a cool, neighborhood bar, MiniBar, adjacent to the 101 Coffee Shop in the Best Western Hotel in Hollywood. The intimate room features high bar stools and gold-dipped tables, giving the space a '70s feel (to match the tunes). The menu offers eight simply crafted cocktails ranging from a Harvey Wallbanger to a Rusty Nail perked up with an absinthe rinse and fresh rosemary. Also, find local craft beers and a tiny, boutique wine list. MiniBar, Best Western Hotel, 6141 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-798-4939.
Matthew Kenney’s Plant Food and Wine offers 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, 310-450-1009.
In Hancock Park, the former Girasole has reopened as Vernetti. Chef Steve Vernetti dishes up Italian-American classics such as house-made pastas including rigatoni and papperdelle. Other dishes include fried polenta with yam and sage, whole-roasted branzino and passionfruit cheesecake. Vernetti, 225 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323-798-5886.
Barrel Down in downtown Los Angeles features 40 taps of American craft beers plus cocktails. Chef Derrick de Jesus offers 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.
Forma Restaurant & Cheese Bar is now open in Santa Monica. Executive chef Piero Topputo features a unique dalla forma preparation, in which freshly cooked pasta is tossed in a large wheel of Parmigiano, Pecorino, Romano or Pecorino Gran Cru cheese. A custom floor-to-ceiling glass cheese case and bar were created to set the stage for diners to watch the dalla forma preparation. In addition to pastas, Forma’s menu offers flatbreads, risottos and a selection of main dishes including artichoke and fennel casserole and grilled octopus with lentils. An extensive cheese program highlights a vast selection of semi-soft, semi-hard, hard, soft-ripened, blue-veined and washed-rind cheeses. Forma Restaurant & Cheese Bar, 1610 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 424-231-2868.
Chef Akasha Richmond (Akasha) has opened Sāmbār, a modern Cal-Indian restaurant in the former Ford’s Filling Station space in Culver City. Sāmbār, 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-558-8800.
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village strengthens their culinary program with the opening of Stir, a coffeehouse featuring Stumptown Coffee drinks along with grab-and-go food items. Sweet items include citrus marmalade scones, zucchini walnut bread and gluten-free chocolate chip muffins. Looking for something savory? Expect panini sandwiches and salads like the EVOO salmon salad with baby kale, blueberries, spiced sunflower seeds and avocado vinaigrette. Stir, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, Two Dole Dr., Westlake Village, CA 91362, 818-575-3000.
“Stop in, and fuel up” at Gasolina Café, a Spanish-influenced restaurant with modern design flourishes from Sandra Cordero and John Hensley. The indoor-outdoor café features fast-casual service, bright red chairs, an open kitchen and visual references to vintage service stations. Cordero, who is half Spanish and half Dutch, changes her menu seasonally. For breakfast, expect house-baked pastries, several variations on pan con tomate, and breakfast stew with garbanzo beans, spinach and poached egg. For lunch, salads and sandwiches predominate, including the signature Cordero, a lamb burger with house-made cucumber relish, romesco sauce, lettuce and avocado. To drink, turn to the chic bar, which showcases James Coffee Co. and Art of Tea. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Gasolina Café, 21014 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364, 818-914-4033.
Jane Lockhart has had a dessert-fueled hit on her hands since she debuted the first Sweet Lady Jane on Melrose in 1988. Encino marks the fourth outpost, which delivers fast-casual service, breakfast and lunch daily, and an array of cakes, pies and sweets. At breakfast, challah French toast and quiche Lorraine are popular. At lunch, sandwiches star, featuring options like curried chicken on house olive bread or tuna salad on rosemary bread. For dessert, expect slabs of chocolate layer cake, cheesecake, seasonal pie and photo-friendly tarts. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Sweet Lady Jane, 16403 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, 818-783-8188.
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.
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.
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.
After shuttering BierBeisl in Beverly Hills, chef Bernhard Mairinger will open BierBeisl Imbiss in the Spring Arcade Building in downtown Los Angeles on July 9, 2015. The concept will be modern Austrian street food. BierBeisl Imbiss, Spring Arcade Building, 541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, No phone.
Whisk(e)y Gallery at Seven Grand
The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) Whisk(e)y Gallery has opened in Seven Grand. This is the first permanent Los Angeles exhibit for the Museum of the American Cocktail, which is part of the SoFAB Institute based in New Orleans. For more information visit the the SoFAB Institute web site. Seven Grand, 515 W. 7th St., 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-614-0737.
Summer Installment of dineLA Restaurant Week
dineLA Restaurant Week returns July 13-26, 2015. This event offers diners the opportunity to indulge in specially priced menus from a variety of Los Angeles area restaurants. For more information, visit www.discoverlosangeles.com
The Edison Destined for Disney World
Downtown bar The Edison will open a sister location in Orlando at Disney Springs, the re-imagined Downtown Disney area at Walt Disney World. The opening for The Edison is scheduled for 2016. The Edison, Higgins Building, 108 W. Second St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-613-0000.
Stir Market Launches New Kid’s Menu For Pint-Size Patrons
Beverly Boulevard’s European-inspired food hall, Stir Market, has launched a new kids' menu, featuring food and drink selections crafted by recently appointed executive chef Stacy Rampton and Food Network personality and chef/partner Jet Tila, for guests 12 and under. Junior gourmands can enjoy the likes of “Meyer lemon pancakes jr.” with whipped crème fraiche and candied zest (weekend brunch only); “after-school cinnamon toast” with caramelized apple butter and brioche ($5.95); and cheesy flatbread with burrata and Parmesan ($7.95). Chef Tila’s two-year-old daughter’s favorite dish is the “Stir Market yummy bowl” with roast chicken and soy Teriyaki sauce ($8.95). Stir Market, 7475 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-879-8283.
New Restaurant on the Horizon at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village is planning to open a new American steakhouse-type restaurant in the space currently occupied by the Lobby Lounge. Significant remodeling will be involved. Stay tuned for more details. Lobby Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, Two Dole Dr., Westlake Village, CA 91362, 818-575-3100.
Los Balcones Celebrates 10 Years with New Peruvian Brunch Menu
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the popular Peruvian Hollywood restaurant Los Balcones has launched a new brunch menu. Highlights feature buttermilk ricotta pichuberry pancakes with spiced fruit syrup; pork belly with sweet potato and a sunny side up egg; and chicken tamales with salsa criolla. Also, expect signature ceviches, salads and a selection of Peruvian entrées during brunch hours, along with a Peruvian-inspired bottomless Bellini made with fresh tropical fruit. Los Balcones, 1360 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-871-9600.
Terrine’s New Lunch Menu, Now Available Exclusively on Fridays
Terrine has a new once-weekly lunch service available every Friday, with French-inspired Californian dishes from chef/partner Kris Morningstar. Replacing the former Friday brunch, the new lunch menu features the Terrine burger with truffle butter and a fois gras option, porchetta with shaved fennel, and a classic tuna Niçoise. New cocktails from head bartender Ryan Wainwright feature a gin and tonic with Bombay East and house lemongrass yuzu tonic. Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
EVELEIGH Launches Lunch with New Menu Items
EVELEIGH is open daily for lunch from 11 a.m-2 p.m. Executive chef Jared Levy has created new menu items such as crab toast sandy with butter lettuce, barrel-aged fish sauce vin and chili mayo; Jidori chicken breast with roasted eggplant, red onion, black sesame, toasted cumin yogurt and lemon; and burrata & ramps with fennel, tomato and pangrattato. To drink, find kumquat lemonade or cocktails like the "whiskey smash'" with Rittenhouse rye, fresh lemon and mint. EVELEIGH, 8752 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-239-1630.
Alma Offers à la Carte Menu Tues.-Thu.
At Alma, chef Ari Taymor is now offering an à la carte menu Tuesday through Thursday only, in addition to the nine-course tasting menu, which is available all seven nights. À la carte items include starters like seaweed and tofu beignets with yuzu kosho and lime, and English muffins with uni, buratta and caviar; mains feature a stew of cod and favas with preserved citrus and carpenter’s pigeon with onions, yeast and fermented cherry. Alma, 952 S. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-244-1422.
Pistola Launches Happy Hour
Pistola has launched its “L’Aperitivo Italiano” from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in the bar area only. Mixologist Aaron Melendez offers house cocktails including the Negroni and Old Fashioned for $8 each, and chef Vic Casanova’s refined Italian bar snacks include meatballs, fried squash blossoms, local burrata crostino and bone marrow al forno. Salute! Pistola, 8022 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-951-9800.
"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.
UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS
Chef Chad Colby, the opening chef at chi SPACCA, departed his post effective June 8, 2015, to open a restaurant 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.
Chef Evan Funke has left Bucato Restaurant in Culver City. Taking over the kitchen is executive sous chef Colin Akiyama. Bucato Restaurant, Helms Bakery, 3280 Helms Ave., Culver City, CA 90034, 310-876-0286.
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.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
The Pasadena location of restaurateur Steven Arroyo's Escuela Taqueria has closed. The branch on Beverly Boulevard remains open. Escuela Taqueria, One Colorado, 16 Miller Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103, no phone.
Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse downtown is temporarily closed. It is scheduled to re-open in September 2015 with a new look. Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, 330 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-680-0330.
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.
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