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Esdras Ochoa (Mexicali Taco & Co.) and Billy Silverman have brought Salazar to the L.A. River, now open in a former auto body shop in up-and-coming Elysian Valley, or Frogtown. Most of the restaurant’s seating is outdoors. Chef Ochoa, a native of Mexicali, prepares meats and seafood on a mesquite grill, and tortillas are made in-house using yellow corn and Sonoran-style flour. Expect real-deal carne asada tacos crafted with cuts of beef like chuck or arrachera. Salazar, 2490 Fletcher Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90039, no phone.
Wexler’s Deli has opened a second and more spacious location in Santa Monica Wexler’s Deli has opened a second and more spacious location in Santa Monica, bringing pristine house-smoked fish (lox, sturgeon), cured meats (pastrami, corned beef) and traditional Jewish baked goods (bagels, babka) to the Westside. Delivery and catering are available. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Wexler's Deli, 616 Santa Monica Blvd.
, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 213-620-0633.
Chef Masatoshi "Gari" Sugio has opened the upscale Sushi of Gari Hollywood. With locations in New York City and Tokyo, this newest restaurant brings its exclusively omakase menu to the Eastown complex on Hollywood Boulevard, which is located just a stone’s throw from the W Hollywood hotel and close to Pantages Theater. Look for lunch specials and artful sushi dishes featuring the chef's signature sauces. Sushi of Gari Hollywood, 6201 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-400-6300.
Portland cult bakery shop Voodoo Doughnut is coming to Universal CityWalk this fall, bringing its scarily cute Voodoo Doll doughnut with it --- it’s shaped like a voodoo doll, filled with raspberry filling and features a pretzel stake. Visitors will also find maple bacon, Captain Crunch, Grape Ape, mango jelly and lemon chiffon crullers, plus a Mexican hot chocolate doughnut that's dusted in cinnamon sugar and cayenne pepper. Voodoo Doughnut, Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, 818-622-1111.
The upscale, two-story restaurant 1212 will open on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. Set in the former Monsoon Café space, 1212 will feature two bars, patio seating, private event space and an area for live music. The kitchen will be run by Walter Greenwood (Commander's Palace in New Orleans and Bartolotta at Wynn Las Vegas), who will offer global dishes made with ingredients sourced from Santa Monica farmers' markets. Menu items will include scallop and sea urchin risotto and slow-cooked, Louisiana-style pork of cochon de lait served in crepe tacos. Cocktails will be designed by beverage director Fred Ghiassi (Cassia, Baltaire). 1212, 1212 West Third St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
Chicas Tacos will open in downtown Los Angeles on May 30, 2016. The restaurant will serve up made-to-order tacos, salsas, guacamole and aguas frescas. Chicas Tacos, 728 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Beverly Hills' Canon Club, which had shuttered in March 2016, has re-opened. Canon Club, 340 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-858-4500.
Citizen will open in the former space of Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge in Beverly Hills. Chef Scott Howard has stayed on and will offer eclectic American fare. Look for a Summer 2016 debut. Citizen, 184 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
Neapolitan pizza at Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina Following up on the January opening of Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina in Santa Monica, the Italian concept will bring a location to West Hollywood. Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina, Sunset Plaza, 8630 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
On Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Grove, Coral Fish Poke Shop is now open. Expect sushi and signature poke specials that include a Sriracha tuna bowl, a garlic albacore bowl and a yuzu salmon bowl. You can also build your own dish, or opt for hot options like chicken katsu or tempura. There’s iced green tea and coconut water to drink. Coral Fish Poke Shop, 6357 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-655-8060.
The Tuck Room has replaced Tanzy alongside the iPic theater in Westwood, offering haute comfort food like clam chowder and fries, potted smoked trout spread, brioche crusted crab cakes, grilled rib-eye and buttermilk fried chicken. Expect a good list of crafted cocktails. Dinner Mon.-Sat. The Tuck Room, 10850 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-307-7004.
Panama Joe’s, a 5,100 square-foot restaurant/bar inspired by Panama and California beach culture, is now open in Long Beach. Expect hacienda-style architecture and traditional Mexican standards, plus Mahi Mahi tacos, mole chicken, fish enchiladas, and grilled Chilean seabass. Drinks range from margaritas and hand-muddled fruit mojitos to sangria and Micheladas. Panama Joe's Long Beach, 5100 E. Second St., Long Beach, CA 90803, 562-434-7417.
Hollywood is all about sequels, so it's only fitting that Cleo should get one, too. Disruptive Restaurant Group, a subsidiary of sbe, will open a branch of the Mediterranean restaurant at L.A. LIVE. (This will be the second Los Angeles location, and fourth nationwide.) Chef Daniel Elmaleh will create exclusive new dishes for the menu. Cleo, L.A. LIVE, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
Chef Bernhard Mairinger re-opened BierBeisl Imbiss on May 18, 2016 Chef Bernhard Mairinger re-opened BierBeisl Imbiss on May 18, 2016. He reconsidered after the outpouring of support following the announcement of the April closure. The restaurant now features table service and a condensed menu. BierBeisl Imbiss, Spring Arcade Building, 541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-935-8035.
sbe Entertainment Group launched Doheny Room on Santa Monica Boulevard at the juncture of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Expect a lounge-inspired global menu of shared plates by chef Danny Elmaleh (Cleo, Katsuya), luxe desserts, and classic craft cocktails. Doheny Room, 9077 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-777-0266.
The Cannibal Beer & Butcher focuses on meats (house-made charcuterie, etc.) The butcher shop side of The Cannibal Beer & Butcher has opened at Platform, a new retail and dining destination in Culver City. The restaurant will follow soon. The Cannibal Beer & Butcher, Platform, 8850 Washington Ave., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
Westbound brings cocktails from around the world and elevated bar snacks to the Arts District Westbound, a new bar and eatery in the Arts District, brings cocktails from around the world and elevated bar snacks to the One Santa Fe mixed-use complex. Celebrating the site of the original 1893 Santa Fe Railroad’s La Grande Station, design highlights include leather Pullman booths, a copper-clad bar and satin brass light fixtures. Executive chef Gary Nguyen offers an assortment of small plates and bar food, including “Foie ‘n’ Waffle,” a dish featuring brioche, espresso, maple, and navel orange compote. Westbound, 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-262-9291.
Cisco Adler, a local entrepreneur who has called Malibu home since his birth, will open Malibu Burger Company this summer. The restaurant will serve a selection of healthy gourmet burgers and other casual fare from chef Aaron May in a creek-front setting in the heart of Malibu’s Civic Center. Farm-to-plate patty and condiment options can be mixed and matched by diners. The menu will also feature alternatives such as salmon, quinoa burgers and bun-less burger bowls. Malibu Burger Company, 3822 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, CA 90265, no phone.
Serving up artisanal donuts, fried chicken and Intelligentsia coffee, Birdies downtown has got you covered for sweet, savory and caffeine cravings. Birdies, 314 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-536-5720.
Look for a Fall 2016 opening for the West Hollywood location of New York seafood spot Catch. The rooftop space will feature a retractable roof. Catch, 8715 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Josh Zad, who owns five Alfred {Coffee & Kitchen} locations around Los Angeles, is diversifying with Alfred {Tea Room}. Expect 25 different tea variations in about five categories. Zad's brewing method of choice is a Modbar pour-over system. Alfred {Tea Room}, 8463 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Grilled avocado from True Food Kitchen The health-conscious chain True Food Kitchen will open a location in Pasadena in July 2016. The menu offers a selection of shareable appetizers, pizzas, salads and signatures, such as a quinoa burger, tacos and spaghetti squash casserole. True Food Kitchen, 168 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91204, no phone.
Mari Los Angeles has replaced Park Grill at the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City. The restaurant is in soft-opening mode, with a grand opening scheduled for July 2016. Mari Los Angeles, InterContinental Los Angeles Century City, 2151 Ave. of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067, 310-284-6536.
David King (Osteria Mozza) and Duke Gervais (Pizzeria Antica) partnered to open Baldoria Bar + Kitchen. The new restaurant in Little Tokyo focuses on modern small plates and bottled craft cocktails. Expect communal tables and a good bar scene. Baldoria Bar + Kitchen, 243 S San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-947-3329.
Highland Park will add another notch to its belt with Café Birdie, a stylish and sprawling 160-seat bistro helmed by chef/partner Joey Booterbaugh (The Hungry Cat). Expect a Cal-Med menu, a long bar with craft cocktails and a summer opening. Café Birdie, 5631 Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
In Echo Park, Icy Rush Co. is a cool new ice cream “boutique” on Sunset Boulevard. Milk-based, homemade ice cream flavors include Mexican caramel and Key lime pie, while dairy-free nieve ices range from fresh lime and orange chipotle to red wine sangria. Icy Rush Co., 2148 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-908-5703.
Silver Lake’s popular lobster shack Knuckle & Claw has opened a sister spot on Santa Monica's Main Street. Expect the same lobster rolls and blue crab rolls, as well as a full oyster bar and a garden patio. Knuckle & Claw Santa Monica, 2715 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-399-9939.
SHUHARI Matcha Café will open in Summer 2016 in Venice SHUHARI Matcha Café will open in Summer 2016 on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. At this authentic Japanese green tea café, patrons can pick from more than 40 handcrafted tea beverages. In addition, the food menu will offer “onigirazu” (a take on the traditional Japanese rice ball) and ice cream sundaes featuring Japanese flavors such as matcha, ginger and black sesame, as well as a variety of Japanese sweets. SHUHARI Matcha Café, 1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
Chef Evan Funke (Bucato) will open Felix this summer in the recently closed Joe’s Restaurant space in Venice on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Expect exceptional house-made pastas, wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and other seasonal Italian specialties. Felix, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
In Highland Park, The Greyhound Bar & Grill owners James Bygrave, Ryan Julio and Matt Glassman have opened a chic cocktail lounge on Figueroa called ETA. Expect fresh, creative craft cocktails from mixologist Mauricio Canales (Bar Ama, Mercado), as well as beer and wine and bar snacks. ETA, 5630 N. Figueroa Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
Southern fried chicken takes center stage in La Cañada at Honeybird. Diners can buy chicken pieces à la carte or as combo meal alongside the likes of watermelon salad with cucumbers, mint, jicama and jalapeno; collard greens with applewood smoked bacon, brown sugar and cider vinegar; and rainbow kale and quinoa salad. There’s beer and wine to drink, plus a slew of pies from pecan to Key lime for dessert. Lunch and Dinner Tues.-Sat. Honeybird, 714 Foothill Blvd.
, La Cañada, CA 91011, 818-415-0489.
miro has opened in downtown Los Angeles DTLA’s former Cucina Rustica has become miro, now open in the Financial District. It features two levels, a mid-century design, a dramatic soaring ceiling with a skylight framing city skyscrapers, and a dedicated whiskey room with 400 bottles. Executive chef Gavin Mills offers a modern Cal-Med menu with the likes of bacalao and potato croquetas with piri piri, roasted bone marrow, strozzapreti with morel mushroom and fava bean, a lamb kofta tagine, and dry-aged porterhouse with truffle potato gratin. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat. miro, 888 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-988-8880.
KazuNori, chef Kazunori Nozawa's sushi concept specializing in hand rolls, will open a location in Westwood. A Santa Monica branch is also reportedly in the works. KazuNori, 1110 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, no phone.
Chef Chris Oh and restaurateur Stéphane Bombet will open a second location of their modern KBBQ restaurant Hanjip in downtown L.A. Hanjip, 716 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Phillip Frankland Lee (Scratch Bar & Kitchen, The Gadarene Swine) is teaming up with Luke Reyes to open Oh Man! Ramen in Encino in late Summer 2016. The menu will offer cold and hot shareable plates, hibachi-grilled proteins, and traditional ramen bowls with vegan and gluten-free noodle options. Every item will be made from scratch, including an all-natural version of "MSG." Oh Man! Ramen, Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., #242, Encino, CA 91436, no phone.
Chef Ludo Lefebvre announced plans to open a second location of Petit Trois Chef Ludo Lefebvre announced plans to open a second location of Petit Trois in the San Fernando Valley. No word yet on where exactly the French bistro will be situated. Petit Trois, 718 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-468-8916.
Chef Johnny Zone and his wife, Amanda Chapman, previously with La Poubelle, found Nashville hot chicken so inspired that they launched a food truck that featured the dish. The couple retired their truck in order to open Howlin' Ray's at Chinatown’s Far East Plaza. Get angry bird on the bone at spice levels from "country fried" (mild) to "howlin’ hot" (incendiary). Howlin' Ray's, 727 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-935-8399.
Roy Choi, who skyrocketed to culinary fame with his Kogi Truck’s famous Korean/Mexican fusion tacos, has brought them to Kogi Taqueria, a brick-and-mortar spot in Palms. Kogi Taqueria, 3500 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034, no phone.
Westwood’s Tacos Tu Madre has opened a second location on Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz, adjacent Los Feliz 3 Theater. The venue is tiny but patio tables on Russell Avenue are good for people-watching and noshing on gourmet tacos full of carne asada, lamb birria, duck mole and ahi tuna. The eatery is open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tacos Tu Madre Los Feliz, 1824 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, no phone.
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop’s sixth location is now open on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. Expect the fast-casual, grab-and-go salads and entrées the other locations are known for. What’s new at this spot is a unique cocktail program utilizing fresh ingredients like lavender (pulled from an on-site garden), bee pollen and activated charcoal. Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, 1239 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-399-9400.
The Guild offers progressive California cuisine, including dishes like wild mushroom bruschetta with quail egg, crimini & oyster mushrooms; bone marrow with braised beef tongue, caramelized onions, gremolata, and crispy shallots; and striped bass with ginger, scallion and peanut miso sauce, plus corn, edamame, bell pepper, and bread crumbs. Owner Diego Leporini is also the restaurant’s wine director. Expect an extensive list of wines by the bottle and glass, including varietals from international boutique producers and a robust collection from California. The Guild, 8741 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-279-9601.
Los Feliz will be home to a cozy new drinking spot on Vermont Avenue as of this summer. Bukowski’s will offer a selection of craft beers, wine and snacks, as well as assorted books and décor that pay homage to the writer the venue is named after. Bukowski's, 4650 Kingswell Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, no phone.
L’Ami has replaced The Little Door in Santa Monica French-Mediterranean restaurant L'Ami has replaced The Little Door in Santa Monica. Parisian owner Marc-Antoine Rambaud presents two Mediterranean-inspired open-air terraces, arched passageways and blue ceilings in the 4,500-square-foot space that includes a bar with a fireplace. Chef Francis Bey (Lilly's French Restaurant) helms the kitchen, and menu items include Maine lobster salad, foie gras au torchon, day boat scallops, and filet mignon tournedos. The restaurant offers a full bar, daily happy hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a weekend brunch. L'Ami, 246 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402, 310-310-8064.
At Firestone Walker Brewing Company, on the corner of Lincoln and Washington boulevards, visitors will find a restaurant and lounge, a retail space, and a rustic-ales program in the barrel-aging cellar. Expect menu options like 18-hour smoked brisket, pork belly tacos, pizzas, and vegetarian offerings such as tempeh banh mi, plus ideas for beer pairings. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, 3205 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, 310-439-8264.
Korean barbecue meets Argentinian asado at stylish Ombu Grill in Koreatown. Expect plenty of tabletop grilled beef, including Korean-style deungshim ribeye steak, as well as short rib asado. On the side are the usual banchan, and specialties such as bulgogi, spicy octopus and rice, and grilled salted mackerel are also featured. Argentine and Korean beer and wine are among beverage options, as is soju. Ombu Grill, 400 S Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020, 213-637-0262.
Angelenos can sip lattes while petting shelter hounds at The Dog Cafe on Virgil Avenue. Similar to cat cafes around the world, L.A.’s first canine haunt serves up coffee (Grounds & Hounds), tea, and snacks as guests bond with the shop’s dogs. The $10 entrance fee includes a beverage, and patrons can hang out in a big dog playroom and have some fun. The dogs are all adoptable, courtesy of the café’s partnership with local animal shelters. Reservations are recommended. The Dog Cafe, 240 N Virgil Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 213-810-2872.
Grill Concepts, Inc., the company behind hits like The Grill on the Alley and Public School, is replacing their Daily Grill location in Studio City with seafood-focused Laurel Point. The space occupies a prime address on the second floor of Laurel Promenade --- it was home to the Daily Grill for more than two decades. Expect sushi, oysters, cocktails with fresh juices and a summer 2016 debut. Laurel Point, 12050 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, no phone.
Square One Dining co-owner John Himelstein, who co-founded the original Gingergrass in Silver Lake, is expanding the Vietnamese vision to Little Tokyo. The second branch of Gingergrass will replace Lazy Ox Canteen. Expect a similarly modern take on Vietnamese food. At the original location, popular dishes include shaking beef, braised five-spice Berkshire pork belly, crispy Imperial rolls and lunchtime banh mi sandwiches. Gingergrass, 241 S San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
Pattaya native Naiyana "Judy" Timsuren and Chiang Mai native Pam Zoobharasee opened Khaosan, a Thai street-food concept in Woodland Hills. Both women have considerable restaurant experience and are looking to feature the flavors of home. Expect dishes like spicy and sour oxtail soup, keelehk neuh (beef curry made with kassod leaves) and saiy ooah (spicy Thai sausage). Khaosan, 19801 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364, 818-932-9845.
Chef Marcel Vigneron will soon open Beefsteak Fresh off of opening Wolf in early March, chef Marcel Vigneron will soon introduce Beefsteak next door. This concept will offer juices and "plant-based cuisine" for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beefsteak, 7661 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-424-7443.
After being closed for almost a decade, legendary mariachi dinner theater La Fonda de Los Camperos has returned to its former home on Wilshire Boulevard in the Westlake neighborhood outside of downtown. Three live dinner shows a night feature full mariachi bands and a traditional Mexican menu that offers chile rellenos, carne asada, chicken mole poblano and enchiladas. Drinks range from micheladas to margaritas and Moscow Mules. Dinner Thurs.-Sun. La Fonda de Los Camperos, 2501 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057, 213-380-5055.
Vito's Pizza will take over the former McCabe’s Bar & Grill in Santa Monica, with a summer opening expected. This second location of the popular pizzeria will also serve liquor. Vito's Pizza, 2455 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404, no phone.
French wine bar/boutique Garçons de Café has opened in the Spring Arcade in DTLA’s Historic Core, offering an eclectic mix of French clothing and accessories, cheese and charcuterie, and a selection of French wines by the glass and bottle. Expect antique furnishings, a small outdoor patio and a charming bar. Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun. Garçons de Café, Spring Arcade Building, 541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-278-0737.
Chef Greg Bernhardt (Church & State) and Nicolas Fanucci (The French Laundry) have opened Paley on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Set in the former landmark CBS Studios, the elegantly expansive dining room boasts mid-century stylings, nearly 250 seats, and a long bar and open kitchen. Expect a menu of local and seasonal California fare. Paley, 6115 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323‎-544-9430.
Cape Seafood and Provisions has opened Cape Seafood and Provisions, the much-anticipated seafood shop from Michael Cimarusti (Providence, Connie and Ted’s), has opened on Fairfax Avenue. Cape Seafood and Provisions, 801 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-556-2525.
The former space of Bow & Truss in North Hollywood will be replaced with El Tejano, a Tex-Mex restaurant. El Tejano, 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, no phone.
A posh stretch of Melrose in West Hollywood is home to Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, a franchise of the Parisian chain devoted to a single menu item --- steak frites --- along with French wine and desserts. Le Relais de l'Entrecôte, 8755 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-358-9021.
Shake Shack has opened its first Los Angeles area location in West Hollywood New York-based Shake Shack has opened its first Los Angeles area location in West Hollywood. The chain is known for its burgers, hot dogs, crinkle cut fries and "concretes" (frozen custard). Additional branches are slated for Glendale, downtown L.A. and Century City. Shake Shack, 8520 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-488-3010.
Rock & Brews has opened a second location at Los Angeles International Airport. This one is in Terminal 1, while its sister restaurant can be found at Terminal 5. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the band KISS founded this growing chain of restaurants offering American fare and craft beers. Rock & Brews also has branches in El Segundo and Redondo Beach. Rock & Brews, Los Angeles International Airport, Terminal 1, Los Angeles, CA 90045, 424-702-4596.
Sweetfin Poké will open on Larchmont Boulevard Signage is up for a location of Sweetfin Poké on Larchmont Boulevard. This quick-sevice spot, which started in Santa Monica, offers variations of the beloved Hawaiian seafood dish, including classic tuna, kale snapper, spicy yuzu salmon and mango albacore. You can also build your own bowl. Sweetfin Poké, 135 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, no phone.
Taking over the former Tipple & Brine space in Sherman Oaks is The Sherman Restaurant & Bar. The Sherman Restaurant & Bar, 14633 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, 818-485-2200.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten will open a restaurant at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Chef/restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten will open a restaurant at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. The name for the concept has not yet been announced. The opening is scheduled for 2017. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90067, no phone.
Chef Ricardo Zarate (Mo-Chica, Paiche) will return to the local dining scene with Rosaliné, a new Peruvian restaurant in the former Comme Ça space in West Hollywood. Look for a Summer 2016 opening. Rosaliné, 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Golden Road Brewing has opened a tasting bar at downtown's Grand Central Market. Patrons can expect pierogies and more than a dozen beers on tap at Golden Road Grand Central Market. Golden Road Grand Central Market, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-624-2378.
Trejo's Tacos, a modern Mexican cantina and restaurant from actor Danny Trejo, has finally made its debut. Spacecraft Group and designer Kris Keith created the space, which features Mexican-themed murals made from custom tiles. Trejo's Tacos, 1048 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019, 323-938-8226.
Chef/restaurateur Michael Mina will open THE STREET at the Beverly Center The Beverly Center will soon undergo extensive renovations that will include a number of new dining options. There will be a row of street-level restaurants as well as THE STREET, an eighth-level food hall from chef/restaurateur Michael Mina. THE STREET, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-854-0070.
Bru's Wiffle & More in Beverly Hills serves up a menu of chicken & waffles, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and more. Bru's Wiffle & More, 8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 93101, 310-360-6600.
Actress Jessica Biel is part of the team behind Au Fudge Los Angeles Actress Jessica Biel is part of the team behind Au Fudge Los Angeles, a kid-friendly restaurant in West Hollywood. It's open for lunch and dinner, with brunch service starting in early April. There's also a marketplace that opens daily at 8 a.m. Au Fudge Los Angeles, 9010 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-288-4268.
Avec Nous has opened at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills Avec Nous, a French bistro, took over the space of LIVELLO at L'Ermitage Beverly Hills. The restaurant is helmed by chef Olivier Quignon (former executive chef of Bar Boulud in New York). Avec Nous, L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-860-8660.
Jesse Gomez and chef/partner Jose Acevedo have opened Maradentro in Brentwood. It's a sister location of popular Studio City Mexican seafood restaurant Maradentro. Maradentro, 1168 S. Barrington Ave., Brentwood, CA 90049, 424-273-1377.
"Top Chef" alum Marcel Vigneron has opened Wolf. The food is described as "seasonal Los Angeles cuisine." Wolf, 7661 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-424-7735.
Brouwerij West has opened its tasting room Southern California’s Brouwerij West opened its craft brewery and tasting room. It is 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. Brouwerij West, Warehouse No. 9, 110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro, CA 90731, 310-833-9330.
Chef Curtis Stone (Maude) and brother Luke Stone are teaming up to open Gwen, a restaurant and butcher shop in Hollywood. Gwen, 6600 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
Chef David Schlosser (Urasawa, Ginza Sushiko) will open Shibumi, a high-end Japanese restaurant in downtown L.A. on Hill Street, focusing on kappo and kaiseki cuisine. The kappo menu will be served at a 400-year-old cypress counter, and a separate back room will host a 10-course kaiseki tasting menu experience. Jacob Kear (Noma) will join Schlosser as chef de cuisine. The menu will feature heritage pork and beef, seafood, tofu and rice, and fermented vegetables. A cocktail program is also in the works. Shibumi, 815 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
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 Summer 2016 opening. The Slanted Door, City Market South, 1057 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 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.
71Above will open on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. Chef Vartan Abgaryan has departed Cliff's Edge to helm the restaurant. The opening is tentatively set for June 2016. 71Above, 633 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, no phone.

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Atwater's OZU East Kitchen Debuts Happy Hour
OZU East Kitchen is launching happy hour just in time for summer. Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., guests can enjoy some of Atwater’s favorite bites, including avocado toast with yuzu guac and blistered shishitos with shiso salt and smoked mayo ($4 each). Other small plates on offer are chicken karaage, chicken fried tofu and crispy rice cake with a sunny side egg ($6 each). Drink specials include $7 wines, sake bottles and Asahi draft beer pints ($5). OZU East Kitchen, 3224 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-284-8773.
L’Ami Announces New Prix-Fixe Dinner Sunday Through Thursday
Santa Monica's L’Ami is now serving a chef’s selection prix-fixe menu Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The cost is $49 per person and includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Selections include a beet and burrata tower, white sea bass with harissa emulsion, Mary’s organic free-range chicken breast with porcini mushrooms, and fresh daily desserts. L'Ami, 246 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402, 310-310-8064.
Free Kids Meals at Recess Eatery Through June
Highland Park's Recess Eatery has launched its "Kids Are On Us" offer: for every one adult entrée ordered, diners can enjoy one free kids' meal. Chef Sevan and his wife Tamar (who is also co-owner) have two kids themselves and want to remind customers that they cater to families. The offer runs through the month of June. Recess Eatery, 5022 York Blvd., Highland Park, CA 90042, 818-507-0592.
Cassia Unveils New Dishes For Weekday Lunch
Chef Bryant Ng’s Santa Monica restaurant Cassia now offers lunch on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Select dinnertime favorites like the Vietnamese pot au feu will be on the menu, alongside all-new dishes such as a Vietnamese-French dip sandwich made with clay oven-baked flatbread and served with a side of pho broth for dipping or sipping. The Spice Table Burger --- a popular item from Bryant’s previous restaurant, Spice Table --- has been revived (and renamed) as the Cassia Burger. Other dishes include a chickpea curry sandwich and cold sesame noodles. Cassia, 1314 Seventh St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-393-6699.
The Restaurant at Mr. C will offer a special five-course anniversary menu for $55 Five Year Anniversary Menu at The Restaurant at Mr. C
From June 6-30, 2016, The Restaurant at Mr. C will offer a special five-course anniversary menu for $55. Executive chef Giuseppe Manco’s celebratory menu showcases family classics such as the Bellini and beef carpaccio (invented by Giuseppe Cipriani at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy, in the 1940s); baked white tagliolini with ham or mushrooms, coated in a light cream sauce; baby artichoke and avocado salad with a light olive oil and lemon dressing; and Mr. C’s famous vanilla meringue cake. Mr. C, Mr. C Hotel, 1224 Beverwil Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 310-226-6245.
The terrace at The Belvedere features an outdoor fireplace Al Fresco Dining at The Belvedere
The Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel has expanded the terrace at The Belvedere. It features a 30-foot Italian Cypress tree, French limestone fountains and an outdoor fireplace. The Belvedere, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-788-2306.
North Italia has launched its spring menu, including an asparagus pizza North Italia Launches Spring Dishes & Cocktails
The Irvine and El Segundo locations of North Italia are featuring new menu items for spring, including seasonal salads and an asparagus pizza topped with shaved artichoke, lemon, pistachio and a fried egg. There are also several new cocktails, such as the Apricot Limonata (Smirnoff vodka, apricot liqueur, smashed lemon). North Italia, The Point, 840 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 110, El Segundo, CA 90245, 310-469-7695.
Find out the winners of the James Beard Foundation Awards LA's James Beard Foundation Award Winners
The James Beard Foundation Awards took place on May 2, 2016, in Chicago, and a handful of Los Angeles chefs took home honors. Suzanne Goin of Lucques won Outstanding Chef; Dahlia Narvaez of Osteria Mozza was named Outstanding Pastry Chef; and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal were recognized as Best Chefs: West.
Wally's Beverly Hills Launches Take-Out Counter
Wally's Beverly Hills has launched a new take-out counter, located at the store entrance. The counter will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Patrons can walk in to place their order or do so in advance by calling 310-475-3540 ext. 311. The take-out menu ranges from sandwiches like the “Taste of Parma” (Prosciutto di Parma, aged gruyere, butter, greens) to a kale and French feta salad (wilted black kale, marinated French feta, cucumber, jicama, cilantro, radishes, grilled lemon vinaigrette). There are also desserts, including a rich chocolate platino cookie with vanilla buttercream filling. Opt for sides like truffle chips and mixed artisanal olives. Wally's Beverly Hills, 447 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-475-3540.
The Guild Launches Weekend Brunch
West Hollywood’s The Guild has launched weekend brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Executive chef Charles Cho presents a luxe array of specials that include steak and eggs with ropa vieja-style braised short rib, rice, black beans, a fried egg and plantains; chilaquiles with braised pork belly, tortillas, scrambled eggs and tomatillo salsa; and Korean beef tartare Benedict, composed of Prime filet mignon in Korean marinade, homemade brioche, a poached egg, hollandaise and gochujang sauce. Fruity libations feature an orange cranberry pineapple mimosa. The Guild, 8741 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-279-9601.
Baltaire Debuts BBQ, Blues & Brews on Monday Nights Baltaire Debuts “BBQ, Blues & Brews” Monday Nights
Brentwood steakhouse Baltaire has launched “BBQ, Blues & Brews,” a weekly event featuring a new Southern-inspired menu by executive chef Travis Strickland, craft brews, whiskey flights and live blues music every Monday night. Look for jalapeño cornbread with bourbon pecan butter; blue cheese fondue dip with house-made salt and vinegar chips; Santa Maria tri-tip with tomatillo salsa verde; and the Southern burger with fried green tomatoes, pickled ramp aioli and smoked onion jam. American canned craft brews ($6) from 21st Amendment Brewery and Oskar Blues Brewery are available, while spirit enthusiasts can sip on beverages from the East and West sides of Kentucky’s legendary “Bourbon Trail.” Local blues band The Way Gone sets the mood with a live set from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-serve. The barbecue menu is only available in the bar and lounge from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Baltaire, 11647 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 424-273-1660 .
Officine BRERA Launches Spring/Summer Cocktails
To usher in spring and summer, Officine BRERA mixologist Luigi Capasso has invented a few fresh cocktails to sip during the warmer seasons. Capasso, who hails from Sant’Antimo, Italy, includes Italian aperitifs in concoctions like the “Caprice” (Bombay, Aperol, Suze, lemon, rhubarb bitters and egg whites), the “Sta’ Schisc” (Ocho Tequila, Aperol, lime, Fresno chili, rhubarb, and agave syrup) and “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” (Plymouth Gin, Carpano, chocolate bitters, grapefruit foam). Officine BRERA, 1331 E. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-553-8006.
Chef Ari Taymor presents Alma at The Standard through May 2016 Alma Pop-Up at The Standard Hollywood
Chef Ari Taymor, one of GAYOT's 2014 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the United States, presents Alma at The Standard through May 2016. This pop-up at The Standard Hollywood features an à la carte menu of dishes such as frozen duck liver with smoked maple, coffee granola and carrots. Alma at The Standard, 8300 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-650-9090.


Los Feliz Mexican stalwart El Chavo is reinventing itself with chefs Phillip Frankland Lee (Scratch Bar & Kitchen) and Alejandro Carasco now helming the stoves. Look for edgier small plates that include refined ceviches and crudos, a squash blossom quesadilla, branzino, chicken mole and braised short ribs with jalapeno. An elevated cocktail program matches the new fare. El Chavo, 4441 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-664-0871.
Fernando Darin has stepped in as executive chef at Ray Fernando Darin has stepped in as executive chef at Ray's & Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Highlights from his new menu include black kale grapefruit salad with shaved ricotta salata, golden raisins and white balsamic vinaigrette; black sea bass with spinach vichyssoise, asparagus and English peas; and a dark chocolate tart with caramel, sea salt and gold flakes. Ray's & Stark Bar, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-857-6180.
Daniele Turchetti has taken over as executive chef at Locanda del Lago Daniele Turchetti is now the executive chef at Santa Monica's Locanda del Lago. A native of Porpetto, a town in Italy situated in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, his skills include preparing house-made burrata and sausage. Locanda del Lago, Third Street Promenade, 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-451-3525.
Larry Monaco has taken over executive chef duties at Viceroy Santa Monica, which includes the globally-inspired restaurant CAST. CAST, Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-260-7511.


aestus had its final night of service on Sunday, May 22, 2016 Santa Monica's aestus had its final night of service on Sunday, May 22, 2016. New owners will take over the space and open an Italian restaurant. aestus, 507 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
In Westwood, Tanzy has closed. The space has been transformed into The Tuck Room, a concept by Sherry Yard. Tanzy, 10840 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024, no phone.
Hollywood's Sadie Kitchen & Lounge has closed. Sadie Kitchen & Lounge, 1638 N. Las Palmas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
Yamashiro will close in June 2016 Yamashiro, the Japanese restaurant housed in a replica of a Japanese palace in the Hollywood Hills, will close its doors in June 2016. The new owners of the property have not yet announced their plans for the edifice. Yamashiro, 1999 N. Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068, 323-466-5125.
Hollywood's "freestyle experimental kitchen" Baroo is temporarily closed through May 2016. Baroo, 5706 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-819-4344.
One of Santa Monica’s most popular vegan haunts, Real Food Daily, has closed. The restaurant plans to re-open within the next year in another Santa Monica location. Other Real Food Daily venues in West Hollywood and Pasadena remain open, as does the location at LAX. Real Food Daily, 514 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
Status Kuo is temporarily closed for renovations. Chef David Kuo's Mar Vista restaurant expects to re-open in Summer 2016. Status Kuo, 3809 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-574-7610.
Scarpetta at the Montage Beverly Hills has closed Scarpetta at the Montage Beverly Hills closed April 2, 2016. In its place, New York restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian will make his West Coast debut with Georgie and The Garden Bar. The former will be an American restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Scarpetta, Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
NoHo’s pleasant patio spot Bow & Truss has shuttered. Bow & Truss, 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, no phone.
In Beverly Hills, bistro Relais de Paris has closed. Relais de Paris, 8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 93101, no phone.
Husband and wife proprietors Alex Mosavi and Sylvie Gabriele closed Farm Stand in El Segundo. They will work with Love & Salt chefs Michael Fiorelli and Rebecca Merhej to open a Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant in a new location in Los Angeles. Slated to debut in 2017, this concept will carry on the local, organic, sustainable focus of Farm Stand. Farm Stand, 422 Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245, no phone.
The second location of Petty Cash Taqueria in downtown L.A.'s Arts District has closed. The original Petty Cash Taqueria remains open. Petty Cash Taqueria, 712 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge in Beverly Hills has shuttered. Chef Scott Howard will stay on for the new concept, which is scheduled to open in Summer 2016. Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge, 184 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
Short Cake, the bakery companion to since-shuttered Short Order, has closed its stall in The Original Farmers Market. Short Cake, Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill has closed. Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill, 826 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069, no phone.

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