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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

Downtown denizens are flocking to BrunchDTLA, a new and inexpensive food court stall serving up global breakfast, brunch and lunch items. Diners will find a bibimbap burrito, a kale corn burger and cauliflower stir-fry on the menu, as well as an Indian spiced chicken sandwich with mango chutney and a steak-and-eggs hash bowl. Fresh squeezed juices and cold brew coffee round out a meal. Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch daily. BrunchDTLA, Santee Court, 718 S. Los Angeles St., Ste. A, Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-944-8326.
 
Open since May 2016, Origin Café on Pico Boulevard offers breakfast, lunch and brunch with a stylish backdrop. The global (and kosher) menu, which utilizes seasonal, organic products, features the likes of shakshuka with preserved lemon and a sous-vide egg; lox Benedict with horseradish hollandaise; Moroccan-spiced salmon tacos; seared halibut with pineapple cucumber mint tzatziki; and roasted pumpkin with lime and green curry butter. Diners will also find high-end coffees and teas and sweets, including a brown butter bread pudding with date whipped cream. Origin Café, 8532 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 424-288-4682.
 
Bestia alums Zach Negin and Daniel Flores will open wine bar Tabula Rasa in August 2016 on Hollywood Boulevard in East Hollywood. Tabula Rasa, 5125 Hollywood Blvd.
, Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
 
Hospitality group Knitting Factory Entertainment and the founders of Big Wangs and Tipsy Cow will open restaurant/bar El Tejano on July 26, 2016, in the NoHo Arts District. Expect an extensive Tex-Mex menu with an emphasis on specialty tacos and a range of salsas, along with favorites like Frito Pie, queso and chilis. There’s a large list of craft imported brews and domestic beer, as well as a vast selection of tequilas, mezcals and specialty margaritas. El Tejano, 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, no phone.
 
In fall 2016, executive chef D. Brandon Walker and chef Jill Davie (Josie) will open neighborhood restaurant The Mar Vista. Walker --- who also serves as the executive chef of Bread and Roses Café, which feeds 750 homeless weekly --- will implement a 360° philanthropic business model, donating excess food to Bread and Roses Café and affording externship opportunities for students of the culinary training program he helms at St. Joseph’s Center. The Mar Vista will serve a menu of “progressive Los Angeles cuisine,” including dishes like lau lau with braised beef cheeks, white fish, smoked yucca, steamed collards and au jus; and pulled-pork spare rib meatballs with guajillo chile mole, Anson Mills summer corn grits, black kale and poached tomatoes. Craft cocktails and a selection of rare wines will also be presented. The Mar Vista, 12249 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 424-259-3093.
 
Pico and Crenshaw is now home to the first LA location of Southern favorite Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, specializing in spicy, Memphis-style birds. Order pieces al la carte or as a plated meal. Starters and sides include fried pickles, fried okra, baked beans, mac 'n' cheese, collard greens and cole slaw. There’s soda and beer to drink and pie for dessert --- pecan, chess or sweet potato. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, 1262 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018, 323-402-0232.
 
Pastry chef Lincoln Carson (Superba Food + Bread) is creating traditional and gourmet versions of New Orleans’ famed doughnut, the beignet, at the new Beverly Hills Beignet. Expect classic powdered sugar treats alongside edgier versions made with pink Himalayan sea salt and caramel; dark chocolate with cayenne; Nueske bacon with maple bourbon honey dipping sauce; and roasted artichoke with lemon aioli. There’s French press coffee by the pot and lemonade to drink. Beverly Hills Beignet, 9527 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-926-5873.
 
At Magpies Softserve in Silver Lake, Chef Warren Schwartz (Patina, Westside Tavern) is whipping up handmade, gourmet ice cream in flavors like yuzu honey, green tea brown rice, and malted milk chocolate. Topping options include chocolate covered honeycomb and toasted maple coconut chips. Cold-brewed coffee floats are on offer, too. Magpies Softserve, 2660 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-486-7094.
 
Owners Philip Moses (Bestia, Ray's & Stark Bar) and Christopher Chi (Bestia, Blue Hill at Stone Barns) have launched their new gourmet food truck, Pico House. Find four grain bowls including Robertson Short Rib with beef bacon, pasilla puree, broccoli, swiss chard, radicchio, tomato chutney, and crispy shallots; Crenshaw Meatballs with pork & chicken meatball, coconut curry, garbanzo beans, jicama slaw, and honey roasted peanuts; Grandma’s Pork with gochujang braised pork shoulder, chrysanthemum purée, garlic confit, green kale, and sesame vinaigrette; and Union Lamb with harissa roasted lamb shoulder, carrot puree, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, mint, and goat cheese.
 
Dave Woodall (Melisse, Blair’s) and wife Alexis Martin Woodall will open a stylish two-story restaurant, Red Herring, in Eagle Rock later this summer. Expect an American menu of small and large plates, plus wine and cocktails. Red Herring, 1661 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041, no phone.
 
Chef/owner Jonathan Yao (Coi, Alma) has opened Kato on Santa Monica Boulevard in West L.A., offering a refined selection of Japanese/Taiwanese dishes. Look for a five-course tasting menu with the likes of smoked hamachi with charred scallion and cucumber; beef tartare with garum, black garlic, kombu and yolk jam; and buttermilk pudding topped with guava ice. Dinner nightly. Kato, 11925 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 424-535-3041.
 
71Above will open on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. Chef Vartan Abgaryan departed Cliff's Edge to helm the restaurant. The opening is expected to be around mid-July 2016. 71Above, 633 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, no phone.
 
Pono Burger has brought its organic, island-inspired burgers to Venice. Exclusive to this location is a quinoa burger featuring a house-made quinoa patty, tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, coleslaw and chef Makani's signature crunch made from house-made Russet potato chips. Pono Burger, The Frank, 512 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310-392-6200.
 
The butcher shop at Gwen Butcher shop and restaurant Gwen, the project from chef Curtis Stone (Maude) and brother Luke Stone, has opened. The restaurant accepts reservations via Tock's website. Gwen, 6600 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-946-7500.
 
The former Santa Monica space of JiRaffe has been transformed into a second location of Maré, chef Eric Greenspan's Mediterranean seafood restaurant. Maré, 502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-917-6671.
 
Craft Shack (a concept from Simms Restaurant Group) has opened at The Point, the shopping, dining and entertainment destination in El Segundo. Craft Shack, 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245, 310-414-5280.
 
Downtown’s popular Bottega Louie will open a second location in West Hollywood sometime in 2017. Expect another elegant, sprawling venue (over 8,000 square feet) with a patio, a similar menu to the DTLA store, and, of course, a deluxe bakery. Bottega Louie, 8940 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
 
Wild Poke has opened on the Venice Boardwalk, offering signature poke bowls full of tuna, salmon, spicy tuna or tofu. Guests can also build their own bowl and pick from additional toppings like lotus chips. There’s also cold-pressed watermelon juice to drink. Order at the walk-up window and grab one of a few stools, or take your easily portable bowl to the beach. Wild Poke, 1301 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291, 310-314-0635.
 
Taiwanese bakery chain 85°C has over 900 stores worldwide, and the 18th U.S. location is now open in DTLA, offering a variety of hot and iced espresso coffee drinks, boba teas, smoothies and bakery specialties. Popular favorites include the iced sea salt coffee, marble taro bread and mango creme brulee cake. 85°C, 700 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-623-1885.
 
Silver Lake Boulevard will be home to Botanica in early winter. Owners Heather Sperling and Emily Fiffer will offer a high-end menu of healthful, vegetarian-focused seasonal fare. The venue will include a patio and market. Botanica, 1620 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
 
Cre8 Crepes has opened in the Hollywood Boulevard space once occupied by hot dog joint Skooby’s. Patrons will find hot, sweet crepes stuffed with the likes of Nutella and apple cinnamon or maple banana and nuts. Cold crepes with mango, peaches, or strawberries plus vanilla ice cream are also on the menu. Cre8 Crepes, 6654 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-468-3647.
 
Adolfo Suaya and his son Kelian Suaya, as well as Ryan Sweeney, Alen Aivazian and Brandon Bradford of Goat Group, have launched The Phoenix on West Third Street. There's a small steak-driven menu, plus dishes like chicken Paillard and grilled Merguez lamb sausage. To drink, pick from an extensive list of scotches, whiskeys, bourbons and cognacs. Cocktails range from the rye-based “Smokey and the Bandit” to a Junipero gin-based Negroni. The space features a pretty outside patio ideal for summer sipping. Dinner nightly. The Phoenix, 8480 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-655-5030.
 
Palihouse West Hollywood's al fresco hotel restaurant is now Mardi Restaurant, with chef Kris Tominga (Hart & The Hunter, Cadet) helming the stoves. Expect a sprawling social scene and California cuisine with dishes like escargot ricotta toast, black cod and shiitake soup, venison carpaccio, skate wing with brown butter, and shared platters of cumin rubbed lamb spare ribs, slow roasted pork neck and roasted chicken. Mardi Restaurant, Palihouse West Hollywood, 8465 Holloway Dr., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-656-4020.
 
Geoffrey Zakarian (Georgie) introduces The Garden Bar, a sophisticated, luxe day and night cocktail spot in the Montage Beverly Hills. Craft cocktails ($16-$22 each) include a Prickly Pearjito and Rat Pack Manhattan. Small bites feature fresh oysters, goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms, ling cod brandade and Ossetra caviar service. Also find an upscale selection of teas, boutique wines by the glass, and craft beers. An outdoor patio overlooks the Beverly Canon Gardens. The Garden Bar, Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-860-5832.
 
In Silverlake, Burmese restaurant Daw Yee Myanmar Corner is soft open for lunch and dinner. The sister restaurant to Delyn Chow’s acclaimed eatery in Monterey Park features fried Myanmar tofu, vegan samosa soup, national dish mohinga (catfish noodle chowder), garlic noodles with shredded duck leg, and a variety of traditional Burmese curries. Daw Yee Myanmar Corner, 2837 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-413-0568.
 
Chef David Schlosser (Urasawa, Ginza Sushiko) has opened Shibumi, a high-end Japanese restaurant in downtown L.A. on Hill Street, focusing on kappo and kaiseki cuisine. The kappo menu is served at a 400-year-old cypress counter, and a separate back room hosts a 10-course kaiseki tasting menu experience. The menu features heritage pork and beef, seafood, tofu and rice, and fermented vegetables. Shibumi, 815 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-265-7923.
 
Restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian makes his West Coast debut with Georgie at the Montage Beverly Hills New York restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian makes his West Coast debut with Georgie at the Montage Beverly Hills, located in the former Scarpetta space. The American restaurant is open for dinner nightly, with breakfast, brunch and lunch service to be added in July 2016. Georgie, Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-860-7970.
 
The owners of Britannia Pub have opened Burgers N Brews in the former Santino’s space in Santa Monica. Expect traditional grass-fed beef burgers on brioche buns alongside innovative patties such as lamb with goat cheese and fresh mint sauce, pulled pork with kale and cabbage slaw, and panko-crusted Atlantic cod with cheddar and curry. Diners will also find plenty of craft brews on tap, from Deadpan Pilsner to Elysian Dragon’s Tooth, plus sports playing on big-screen televisions. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily. Burgers N Brews, 3021 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404, 310-450-5854.
 
The new 365 by Whole Foods market is home to chic vegan restaurant by CHLOE. in Silver Lake. A sister spot to Chloe Coscarelli’s New York City venue, the new eatery offers counter seating and tables for lunch and dinner daily. Menu items include a quinoa taco salad, smoky Portobello mushroom barbecue, smashed avocado toast, a black bean burger and mac 'n' cheese made with cashew cheese sauce and shitake bacon. by CHLOE., 365 by Whole Foods, 2520 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-378-3891.
 
At the cute new Lobster & Beer in Palms, there is plenty of lobster --- think beer-steamed lobster tail and traditional rolls, as well as tacos, quesadillas, grilled cheese and loaded lobster tots. Ahi poke bowls and kale salad (as well as a lobster kale salad) are other options. To drink, expect a variety of Cali wines and craft beers, alongside a full bar. For dessert, there’s a warm Rocky Road brownie with vanilla bean ice cream. Lobster & Beer, 3456 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034, 424-298-8106.
 
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.
 
Seafood-focused Sawyer is now open in Silver Lake, and executive chef Alex McWilliams (Craft) is heading up the kitchen. The 2,400-square-foot space seats 90 guests both inside and outside and features a cozy back patio with olive and birch trees and a roaring fireplace. Expect a market-focused menu of shareable plates, chilled seafood, and a variety California dishes, including salt cod brandade, duck-fat popovers with Shropshire English blue cheese, a soft shell crab sandwich, sweet corn and razor clam chowder, skate wing, and Carolina fried chicken. Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun. Sawyer, 3705 Sunset
 Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-641-3709.
 
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 is open on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. Set in the former Monsoon Café space, 1212 features two bars, patio seating, private event space and an area for live music. The kitchen is run by Walter Greenwood (Commander's Palace in New Orleans and Bartolotta at Wynn Las Vegas), who offers global dishes made with ingredients sourced from Santa Monica farmers' markets. 1212, 1212 West Third St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-576-9996.
 
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 Cannibal Beer & Butcher has opened at Platform, a new retail and dining destination in Culver City. The concept includes a restaurant and butcher shop. The Cannibal Beer & Butcher, Platform, 8850 Washington Ave., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-838-2783.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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, has opened a location in Westwood. A Santa Monica branch is also reportedly in the works. KazuNori, 1110 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-935-3974.
 
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.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

La Casita Mexicana’s July Enchilada Festival
Throughout July, owner/chefs Ramiro Arvizu and Jaime Martin del Campo are putting on an enchilada festival at their two restaurants, La Casita Mexicana and Mexicano. They’ll offer 14 varieties of enchiladas from various regions of Mexico. Think enchiladas made with white fish and capers, Oaxacan mole, potatoes and chorizo, corn and poblano chile. La Casita Mexicana, 4030 E. Gage Ave., Bell, CA 90201, 323-773-1898.
 
$7 Ramen Pop-Up Three Nights at Wolfgang Puck's Nest at WP24
Nest at WP24 host its first ramen pop-up, featuring Hokkaido-style miso ramen with house-made noodles and a broth that takes three days to prepare. The offering comes with sesame, scallions, and bean sprouts and is finished with sweet summer corn. For an additional charge, guests can customize their bowls with seasonal options such as chili-marinated bamboo shoots, market vegetables, and Santa Barbara spot prawns. The pop-up runs just three days: June 30, August 4 and August 25, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nest at WP24, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, L.A. Live, 900 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-743-8824.
 
Hanjip Launches New Weekend “All You Can Eat” Korean BBQ Brunch
In Culver City, Hanjip has launched an all-you-can-eat weekend brunch, available every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The all-new offer (with $19 or $24 options) features a wide selection of premium meats, including chef Oh’s signature USDA prime beef bulgogi and kurobuta pork, a daily assortment of seasonal banchan (such as kimchi, seasoned broccoli, and dried squid), plus rice. Hanjip, 3829 Main St., Culver City, CA 90232, 323-720-8804.
 
Boxwood's Summertime Rooftop Sunday Brunch
Boxwood on the Roof at The London West Hollywood has debuted Rooftop Sunday Brunch, taking place every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expect luxe brunch specials including lobster Benedict, duck hash, steak and eggs with smoked Bernaise, and Dungeness crab toast. Guests might pair their meal with an elderflower mimosa or watermelon Bellini. Boxwood on the Roof, The London West Hollywood, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-358-7788.
 
Yamashiro re-opens under new operators Yamashiro Reopened Under New Operators
Yamashiro in Hollywood is open under new management --- BNG Group and Sugar Factory. The team plans to renovate the venue in the next few months but will remain open. New executive chef Christophe Bonnegrace (Buddha Bar and Little Buddha, Las Vegas) will implement several innovative food and beverage concepts to be announced in coming weeks. Expect the addition of amenities such as a sushi bar, robata grill, a teppanyaki grill and a new lounge. Extended hours run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. to midnight on weekends. Yamashiro, 1999 N. Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068, 323-466-5125.
 
Boxwood on the Roof Offers Al Fresco Summer Dining Concept
The London West Hollywood has launched summer culinary concept Boxwood on the Roof. In addition to its stellar city views, the rooftop spin-off of Boxwood offers dishes by executive chef Anthony Keene, including king salmon nicoise with a basil pistou; tagliatelle pasta with short rib and wild mushrooms; Black Angus filet mignon with smoked béarnaise; dungeness crab toast with green papaya; and sticky lamb ribs with tikka masala. Boxwood on the Roof, The London West Hollywood, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-358-7788.
 
The bar area at Culina Modern Italian will be transformed into a vinoteca Vinoteca to Debut at Culina Modern Italian
The bar area at Culina Modern Italian is currently closed. It is being transformed into a vinoteca that will serve tapas in a casual environment. Look for it to debut in the next few weeks. Culina Modern Italian, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-860-4000.
 
Connie and Ted's Launches New Daily Specials
Connie and Ted’s has launched a new “Something Special Every Day” menu. Available daily from 4 p.m. to close, Michael Cimarusti’s WeHo eatery offers a rotating seafood-centric special priced from $16-$32, created by executive chef Sam Baxter. Highlights include baked stuffed lobster (Mondays), fish tacos (Thursdays) and cioppino (Sundays.) Beverage director Hoang Nguyen has also selected a supplementary wine, beer or cocktail pairing at a value-driven price. Connie and Ted's, 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-848-2722.
 
Fig & Olive's Aperitivo Happy Hour
Fig & Olive’s new “Aperitivo” happy hour runs daily in the bar and lounge from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can choose from summer garden cocktails ($8) made with fresh ingredients such as muddled blackberries and rosemary-thyme syrup. Bites include prosciutto, ricotta, fig, olive and walnut crostini; a truffle mushroom croquette; lamb meatballs with gremolata; and sliders, all priced from $5 to $10. Fig & Olive, 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-9100.
 
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.
 
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 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.
 
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.
 

UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS

Executive chef Teresa Montaño has left Pasadena’s Ración to open a new L.A. restaurant in 2017. Her sous chef Shane Alvord is the new chef de cuisine. Racion, 119 W. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-396-3090.
 
Chef Steven Fretz has left The Church Key due to a rumored dispute with the restaurant’s partners. There is no news on his replacement nor on the chef's next destination. The Church Key, 8730 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-249-3700.
 
Chef Andrew Pastore has stepped in at Clifton’s cafeteria in DTLA. He has overhauled the menu --- keeping a few classics --- and created new late-night offerings. Served from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., these options include pizzas, cheese, sandwich and charcuterie platters, as well as chocolate chip cookies and s'mores cupcakes. Clifton's, 648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-627-1673.
 
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.
 

LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Haute cocktail bar The Fiscal Agent, upstairs from Studio City’s Barrel & Ashes, has closed. Plans to expand the barbecue restaurant into the space are already in the works. The Fiscal Agent, 11801 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, no phone.
 
Phillip Frankland Lee’s popular Studio City restaurant The Gadarene Swine closed July 2,2016 due to a partnership dispute. Lee hopes to open another plant-based restaurant in the future, but fans can still find some of his signature vegetarian dishes at Scratch Bar & Kitchen in Encino. The Gadarene Swine, 11266 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, no phone.
 
Picnic LA, an upscale cafeteria-style spot in Culver City, has shuttered. Picnic LA, 9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323, no phone.
 
Chef-owner Nadav Bashan has closed his eponymous Glendale restaurant. His cooking at Bashan Restaurant perfectly illustrated how our palates evolve and are constantly searching for better and more innovative cuisines. Bashan Restaurant, 3459 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale, CA 91208, no phone.
 
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.
 
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.
 

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