Los Angeles Restaurant News
Sycamore Tavern is the newest Hollywood spot from the Happy to Serve You Hospitality Group (Black Market Liquor Bar, Scopa Italian Roots). This local neighborhood destination offers chef Antonia Lofaso’s playful take on traditional American fare paired with craft beer and cocktails in a 10,000-square-foot space sporting 55 flat-screen TVs. Look for steak and burgers, pizzas, salads and smaller plates of smoked chicken wings or shishito peppers. Sweets include the signature deep-fried Fluffer-Nutter dessert with peanut butter, marshmallow, bananas and sea salt. Sycamore Tavern, 7038 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-467-7038.
Healthy eatery sweetgreen is opening a new location in December 2016 in Culver City, debuting a fall menu with warm bowls like pesto portobello and organic wild rice with kale and beets. Also look for the chain's well-known colorful salads and DIY bowls featuring premium proteins like citrus shrimp, local goat cheese, roasted steelhead and house-made hummus. sweetgreen, 8840 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
Former Patina chef Sevan Abdessian has transformed his casual Highland Park spot Recess Eatery into the new neighborhood gastropub 51 Tavern. A more “sharable" menu of tapas, small plates and craft cocktails are found in the remodeled venue that sports a lively sidewalk patio and garden setting in back. New dishes range from beer-battered Alaskan cod, sirloin sliders, edamame fatoush and shawarma tacos to labneh cheesecake and affogato for dessert. Lunch & Dinner daily. 51 Tavern, 5022 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 818-507-0592.
The Toscana Restaurant Group (Toscana and Bar Toscana) has debuted a new Italian restaurant, Nerano, in Beverly Hills. Expect cuisine of the Amalfi coast from chef Michele Lisi (Vincenti), a bar program from William Perbellini (Bar Toscana) and a wine list specializing in Amalfi coast wines. The spacious restaurant offers two dining rooms and two bars. Nerano, 9960 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-405-0155.
O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar opened in the former space of eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery in Santa Monica. The menu offers Sicilian-style pizzas, meatballs, salads and crudo made with local ingredients. O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar, 1705 Ocean Ave., Ste. 111, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 424-272-8700.
TAO Group and celebrity chef Chris Santos will open a Los Angeles location of Beauty & Essex, the pawn shop/restaurant/lounge concept that originated in 2010 in NYC and has since expanded to Las Vegas. The restaurant group will also open a branch of Asian bistro TAO.
Sweetfin Poké has opened a branch 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.
Eggslut has opened a location in Venice. The concept started as a food truck, then continued to gain a following for its gourmet egg sandwiches with a quick-service counter at Grand Central Market. A Glendale branch is also in the works. Eggslut, 1611 Pacific Ave., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
Terra Cotta debuts a stylish upscale Asian dining option next to the Wiltern Theater in Koreatown in December 2016. Chef Danny Ye (Nobu NYC) will offer elegant delights including fresh oysters with Korean pear mignonette; Kochujang sea bass; Wagyu tenderloin; and hot stone rice with seaweed, ikura, caviar and sea urchin. Find wine, beer and cocktails, too. Terra Cotta, 3760 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010, no phone.
Canela Cocina Latina in Mar Vista serves all-day breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Look for healthy Mexican and Guatemalan specialties including chilaquiles, asada fries, carnitas with pineapple salsa, seasoned squash, pollo en mole, enchiladas, pepian and cilantro lime salad. To drink find agua frescas, Mexican sodas and cold brew coffee. Canela Cocina Latina, 12326 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-313-0871.
Bob Kaufman and Jeff Rosenthal went to great lengths (literally, as in trips to Turkey) to find the best döner (meat cooked and sliced from a vertical rotisserie) to recreate and adapt at their quick-service spot SpireWorks. SpireWorks, 1061 Broxton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 424-220-6299.
Status Kuo has morphed into two separate concepts: Accomplice and Little Fatty. The former is currently serving up craft cocktails, while the latter will offer Taiwanese fare. Accomplice and Little Fatty, 3809 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-574-7610.
EAK Ramen has opened on Melrose Avenue, in the former Pingtung Eat-In Market space. Look for “Iekei” style ramen (translated as “house-style” and pronounced E-A-K), which has been popular in Japan for more than 40 years. This style of ramen is characterized by thicker noodles in a mix of Kyushu Tonkotsu and Tokyo Shoyu broths. The restaurant is currently offering dinner, and beginning on Saturday, November 19, 2016, it will be open for lunch and dinner daily. EAK Ramen, 7455 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-866-1866.
New York City’s celebrated ramen restaurant Ippudo is opening its first West Coast location in Santa Monica in early 2017, in the former Taberna Arros y Vi space on 2nd Street. The self-proclaimed “Japanese Ramen Noodle Brasserie” will likely feature its signature Hakata tonkotsu pork ramen, Buddhist-inspired Shojin vegan specialties, and a variety of high-end Japanese small plates. Expect Japanese beer and saké, as well as a full bar. Ippudo, 1403 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
21 Square Bar + Kitchen is open in the Torrance Marriott in Redondo Beach. Executive chef Victor Miguel offers handcrafted, coastal comfort cuisine ranging from a gourmet andouille sausage sandwich to quinoa burgers and table-made ice cream desserts. To drink, expect five local craft beers on tap, wine and cocktails. Seating options include outdoor dining and a veranda with a fire table, soft seating and tables overlooking the pool. 21 Square Bar + Kitchen, Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, 3635 Fashion Way, Torrance, CA 90503, 310-316-3636.
800 Degrees Pizza continues its California expansion with its new Playa Vista restaurant opening on November 19, 2016. This will mark the 16th location of chef Anthony Carron’s Neapolitan-style pizzeria, which offers old world-style wood-fired pies made with hand-stretched dough. The new eatery boasts 3,800 square feet of space, including an outdoor patio, and will exclusively feature a selection of Neapolitan panozzo sandwiches made on pizza-dough bread, stuffed with artisanal ingredients and wood oven-baked until crisp. Also find artisanal gelato and a selection of craft beers and wine, including eight beers on tap. 800 Degrees Pizza, Runway Playa Vista, 12751 W. Millenium Dr., Ste. B135, Playa Vista, CA 90094, no phone.
The team behind plant-based restaurant Café Gratitude will open a second location of Gratitude in Beverly Hills. (The original made its debut in Newport Beach earlier in 2016.) It will feature a menu of seasonally driven, environmentally friendly vegan cuisine, as well as handcrafted cocktails. Gratitude, 419 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
Century Boulevard now hosts a second location of Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen. Look for smothered pork chops, Southern-style short ribs, oxtails and signature fried chicken, alongside sides like black-eyed peas, corn and okra, and collard greens. For dessert, there’s sweet potato pie and peach cobbler. Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen, 1714 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90047, 323-418-8527.
On Beverly Boulevard, chef Gino Angelini has added Angelini Alimentari next door to his popular Italian spot Angelini Osteria. Open for breakfast, lunch and takeaway, this casual café sports an espresso bar and outdoor courtyard patio in back. Expect pastries and morning items like a breakfast panino and two-egg zucchini frittata; alongside soups and salads, Angelini specials include white fish Milanese, Gino’s meatballs, braised tripe and hanger steak. There’s homemade gelato daily, in a cup or cone, affogato or a warm brioche gelato sandwich. Angelini’s pasta sauce is available for takeout. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Angelini Alimentari, 7317 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-297-0070.
Baja California’s renowned chef Diego Hernandez (Corazon de Tierra) will open a contemporary Mexican restaurant, Verlaine, in West Hollywood in the former Dominick’s space on Beverly Boulevard. Look for a winter opening. Verlaine, 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, no phone.
Look for a third location of actor Danny Trejo’s hipster taco joint, Trejo’s Tacos, to open Silver Lake-adjacent on Virgil Avenue in late fall 2016 or early winter. Trejo's Tacos, 611 N. Virgil Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004, no phone.
Fabrizio and Diana Bianconi (Via Veneto) have opened Bianconi in the former Ortolan space. Kris Keith’s Spacecraft Design Group revamped the restaurant with an Italian-European vintage-industrial look. The menu emphasizes traditional Italian cuisine with Mediterranean influences and focus on wood-fired cooking. Bianconi, 8338 W. Third St., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 323-879-9777.
Restaurateurs/chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts (Playa Provisions, Hudson House, The Tripel) have opened their fourth restaurant, Da Kikokiko, a casual, neighborhood-friendly Hawaiian concept. The eatery celebrates the island’s biggest street foods --- poké, shave ice and Spam musubi. Da Kikokiko, 12746 Jefferson Blvd., Playa Vista, CA 90094, 424-835-4192.
In Echo Park the hipstery honey hi is now serving breakfast and lunch, offering dishes like a Moroccan bowl with lamb harissa meatballs, zucchini noodles and carrot fennel slaw; a sweet potato and avocado sourdough tartine; bone broth; and a cashew yoghurt parfait. To drink, find coffee, smoothies and matcha lemonade. Frittatas, sandwiches and salads are coming to the menu soon. honey hi, 1620 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-221-7810.
Sandbox has opened in the former Bugatta Supperclub, with a nostalgic focus on vintage video, pinball and skiball games. Look for a slicked-up bar menu featuring short rib tacos with kimchi and hoisin glaze, smoked brisket quesadilla, specialty burgers, gourmet pizzas and a weekend brunch with bottomless bubbly. To drink, find specialty cocktails and martinis, along with draft beer and wine. There are three bars, and a patio out back. Sandbox, 7174 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-964-9494.
Salt & Straw, the iconic Portland-based ice cream purveyor, has opened its fourth Los Angeles scoop shop in Downtown LA’s Arts District. Look for popular flavors in cones, milkshakes and sundaes, including sea salt with caramel ribbons, Stumptown coffee & Compartes love nuts, avocado & strawberry sherbet, and black olive brittle & goat cheese. The new shop will also begin hosting a series of community events and pop-ups, including a Producer Series that spotlights area artisans with whom Salt & Straw collaborates on seasonal flavors. Salt & Straw, 829 E. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-988-7070.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar opens its fourth location in Los Angeles, heading west to Ocean Avenue along the coastline of Santa Monica. The launch of the brand’s newest outpost adds brand-new dishes and drinks inspired by the beach. Executive chef Sean Yontz presents a selection of seafood-focused appetizers and entrées to complement the restaurant’s signature lineup of burgers and loaded fries. The new plates include modern twists on traditional seaside dishes of New England and the Southern Gulf, such as lobster rolls and hot fish sandwiches. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-444-1411 .
Hollywood is all about sequels, so it's only fitting that Cleo should get one, too. Disruptive Restaurant Group, a subsidiary of sbe, has opened a branch of the Mediterranean restaurant at L.A. LIVE. Chef Daniel Elmaleh has created exclusive new dishes for the menu. Cleo, L.A. LIVE, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 424-888-7818.
Highland Park’s cozy new coffee/brunch spot is Jane, located in a vintage bungalow on York Boulevard. Look for fluffy omelets, chorizo huevos rancheros, kimchi fried rice and banana pancakes for breakfast/brunch; salads and sandwiches round out lunch. Four Barrel coffee offers a good caffeine fix, and there are front and back patios. Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Tues.-Sun. Jane, 5830 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
Kukui Hut Cafe has opened in East Hollywood, offering large portions of Hawaiian cuisine — traditional kalua pork and loco moco, as well as bbq plates and burgers, and for breakfast taro, pandan and ube pancakes. Fusions include kalua pork fries with fried eggs, and kalua pork mac and cheese. For dessert, explore shaved ice and tropical flans. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Kukui Hut Cafe, 1308 N. Edgemont St., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-522-6725.
Restaurateur Adam Fleischman and chef Kiyoshiro Yamamoto (The Hump) will launch Ramen Roll in Culver City in the former Picnic LA space. Expect ramen, bowls, sushi and hand rolls. Look for the opening around Christmas or New Year’s 2016. Ramen Roll, 9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
San Francisco import Mr Holmes Bakehouse has set up shop in Highland Park. The bakery’s specialty is “cruffins” --- chewy-crispy, muffin-shaped, cream-filled, sugar-dusted croissants. Mr Holmes Bakehouse, 111 S. Avenue 59, Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
Manuela has made its debut in the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel arts complex in downtown Los Angeles. (The restaurant is named after the company's partner and co-president: Manuela Wirth.) Expect "soulful" fare with Southern flair and seasonal ingredients. Manuela, 901 E. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 323-849-0480.
Patina Restaurant Group has opened the brunch restaurant, Maple, at Descanso Gardens. Chef Mark Salazar’s brunch menu (served Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m to 2 p.m.) includes a beef short rib breakfast burrito, a garden Benedict with baby kale and roasted squash, brioche French toast, fried chicken and beignets, and a maple burger with fries. Winter dinner hours and menu will be announced in the fall. Brunch Sat.-Sun. Maple, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011, 818-949-4200.
Chef Neal Fraser (Redbird, BLD) has swapped out the hot dog concept Fritzi Dog with fried chicken spot Fritzi Coop in the Original Farmers Market. Temptations include The Classic sandwich with triple battered buttermilk fried chicken, house-made pimento cheese, lettuce and tomato. Fritzi Coop, Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-936-9436.
West Hollywood’s Rock and Reilly's Irish pub has opened a sister location in DTLA in the former FOH Mexican Restaurant. Don’t expect any more authentic Irish fare than the original spot’s Irish nachos, corned beef sliders, and tater tots, along with burgers, salads and a slew of bar food. To drink there are whiskey flights, beer floats, assorted cocktails, and rotating draught taps. Rock and Reilly's, 615 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, no phone.
West Hollywood is home to a location of New York seafood spot Catch. The rooftop space features a retractable roof as well as al fresco dining. Catch, 8715 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-347-6060.
Bestia alums Zach Negin and Daniel Flores have opened wine bar Tabula Rasa on Hollywood Boulevard in East Hollywood. Tabula Rasa Bar, 5125 Hollywood Blvd. , Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
Stop by Vinoteca at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills for a glass of wine and small plates like crudi, montanara (fried pizza dough) and more. House-made pastries and a jolt of java are served in the morning. Vinoteca, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-860-4000.
Breakfast and lunch spot Steven’s Deli has opened at the edge of downtown LA. Expect a deluxe blue bacon burger and a slew of hot sandwiches ranging from the herb beef cheese steak to Cajun chicken fajita, confit turkey melt and quad grilled cheese. Cold sandwich specials include the classic Italian and veggie delight, and you’ll also find the usual bacony breakfast sammies. Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Sat.. Steven’s Deli, 2232 Enterprise St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-236-0776.
Hollywood has a new, charming Mexican spot right off the 101, Mama Chela’s Kitchen. Find fresh, authentic tacos ($1.90) in varieties of pollo, carne asada, al pastor, carnitas and fish alongside burritos, fajitas, sopes and mulitas, as well as breakfast burritos. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., Lunch & Dinner daily.
Figueroa Street in Highland Park welcomes another chic eatery, Café Birdie. This airy neighborhood spot in a classic 1920s building sports marble tables, a long bar, wrought iron and rustic stylings. Chef/partner Joey Booterbaugh (The Hungry Cat) offers a Cal-Med menu with seasonal pastas, salads and other bistro-type fare. There’s a back patio and bar, and expect an elevated cocktail program. Café Birdie, 5631 Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-739-6928.
Chef Akasha Richmond (Akasha) has opened AR Cucina in the former Culver City space of her Indian restaurant Sāmbār. The new concept spotlights rustic, regional Italian cuisine inspired by her travels. AR Cucina, 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-558-8800.
We were great admirers of the creative, aesthetically pleasing dishes that chef Jordan Kahn invented at since-shuttered Red Medicine. Now, he's back on the Los Angeles dining scene with Destroyer, serving breakfast and lunch on weekdays. Expect offerings like chicken confit with charred lettuce, hazelnuts, black butter and yuzu. Destroyer, 3578 Hayden Ave., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
Little Tokyo has landed a new Filipino spot, Pili Manila Grill. Look for barbecue pork and chicken, glass noodles with vegetables, tapa (a popular morning favorite in the Philippines), and Pili spaghetti with a unique banana-flavored base. To drink, there’s cantaloupe and calamansi juice, and for dessert, try the turon --- banana fritters and jackfruit wrapped in a spring roll with caramelized brown sugar. Lunch & Dinner daily. Pili Manila Grill, 201 N. Los Angeles St., Ste. 103, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-533-2001.
Longtime Echo Park fans of Pizza Buona, which was around for more than five decades before being forced out by rising rents, are happy to welcome the restaurant back only blocks away on Alvarado Street. Look for traditional pizza pies with a big variety of toppings, and specialties ranging from the Rustica with shrimp to chicken and goat cheese and spinach feta. Also find salads, subs, wedding soup, and a long menu of pasta classics. Lunch & Dinner daily. Pizza Buona, 922 N. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-413-0800.
Craft beer and sports bar 33 Taps has morphed out of the former Good Microbrew location on Sunset Boulevard. Brunch fare ranges from a veggie omelet to eggs Benedict and fried chicken and waffle, while lunch and dinner options include fish and chips, filet mignon, an Angus beef burger and maple chipotle wings. As the place is situated in Silver Lake, expect a kale salad, Buffalo cauliflower and hummus. Besides local California craft brews (listed by area code), the beer menu features a selection of ales, ciders and wines. There are plenty of screens for watching the game, and a sidewalk patio, too, for when you're not. 33 Taps, 3725 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-338-7777.
Now soft open on Fairfax Avenue is Pearl's Finest Teas, a hip boba tea shop offering standards like black milk tea and chai, and lush flavors including Chamango, coconut taro slush, orange yuzu, cookies and cream, chrysanthemum buds and watermelon mint. Open daily. Pearl's Finest Teas, 523 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Pata Salada, a new Mexican seafood restaurant, has opened in the former Luna Park space on La Brea. Spanish tile and wood accents frame a long bar that specializes in mezcals, tequilas and craft cocktails. The “marisqueria” features fresh seafood from Kumamoto oysters to giant scallops, Pismo clams and king crab legs. Find a large selection of aguachiles, crudos, ceviches and cocteles; other appetizers include a pigs’ trotter tostada, squash blossom quesadilla and fried smelts. For mains, choose among sea bass, grilled Maine lobster and pork shank carnitas. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Pata Salada, 672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-988-3744.
The health-conscious chain True Food Kitchen has opened a location in Pasadena. 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, 626-639-6818.
Chef Ricardo Zarate (Picca, Mo Chica) is up to bat again, and will open Rosaliné in the former Comme Ca space on Melrose this fall. Expect Peruvian dishes like trout tiradito, Peruvian pork belly, tuna ceviche salad and sweet potato fritters with manchego, jalapeño and stinging nettle.
In the Fashion District in DTLA, Chef Steve Samson (Sotto) will open RossoBlù in December, where he will feature house-made salumi, Neapolitan pizzas, fresh pastas and dishes from the middle regions of Italy. RossoBlù, 1124 San Julian St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
Serafina has opened in the former Maia space on the Sunset Strip. The Italian concept also has locations in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Puerto Rico. Serafina, 8768 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-659-9130.
Square One Dining co-owner John Himelstein, who co-founded the original Gingergrass in Silver Lake, has expanded the Vietnamese vision to Little Tokyo. The second branch of Gingergrass replaced Lazy Ox Canteen. Gingergrass, 241 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
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. The Mar Vista, 12249 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 424-259-3093.
Q Sushi Launches Premium Menu
Q, DTLA’s high-end omakase spot known for its traditional Japanese experience, is officially launching a special, premium menu. Chef Hiroyuki Naruke will add seasonal items to the new Botan menu like hairy crab from Hokkaido, lobster sashimi from Santa Barbara and boiled prawn nigiri. Because of the extra preparations and sourced ingredients, this menu requires 48 hours’ notice, and starts at $250. Q, 521 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-225-6285.
Clifton's Launches Luxe Tiki Bar: The Pacific Seas
In downtown LA, the historic Clifton’s Cafeteria and nightlife venue opened a swank tiki bar, The Pacific Seas. It is accessed via a secret staircase. Look for colorful murals, thatch work, vintage artifacts and live Polynesian performers. The bar’s vintage Chris Craft mahogany boat deck serves classic tiki cocktails (think Mai Tais and Fog Cutters) and Polynesian cuisine from Clifton’s chef Andrew Pastore, including a bluefin tuna poke platter, lump crab cakes, lobster dynamite and a crispy whole red snapper. The Pacific Seas is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 p.m.-midnight, and Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m.-2:30 a.m. The Pacific Seas, 648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-627-1673.
Oh Man! Ramen to Preview Dishes at Scratch|Bar & Kitchen
While Oh Man! Ramen waits to open its first brick-and-mortar location in Encino, it is serving lunch at next-door sister restaurant Scratch|Bar & Kitchen. Every Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., chefs Luke Reyes and Phillip Frankland Lee offer patrons several dishes that will be found at Oh Man! Ramen once the new restaurant permanently opens in the coming weeks. Additionally, each week, they will test out 3-5 new specials. Selections on the opening lunch menu will include salmon sashimi, grapes, daikon, peanuts, fish sauce vin and nori chip; and tonkotsu pork ramen, braised pork belly, confit shoulder, bamboo shoot, green onion, soft egg, shiitakes and bonito flakes. Oh Man! Ramen, Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., #242, Encino, CA 91436, no phone.
Sawyer Debuts New Fall Menu & Cocktails
Sawyer’s new executive chef, Sydney C. Hunter III, debuts a fall menu at the hip Silver Lake eatery, including octopus potato salad with house-made aïoli, fingerling potatoes, fine herbs, pickled red onions, za’atar and spice; candy cane beets with red wine juniper berry gastrique, blackberries, pistachios, nutmeg and ricotta; and loup de mer with leek velouté, maitake mushrooms and rice pilaf. Beverage director Jordan Young will also present a new fall cocktail menu featuring the Up in Smoke with mezcal, chareau, lemon verjus and smoked spices; and Pesos with tequila, heirloom ice cider, pressed apple juice and lime. Sawyer, 3705 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-641-3709.
Remodeled Chaya Venice Reopens with Revamped Style & Menu
Longtime favorite Chaya Venice has reopened with a light, mod and modern look and revamped menu after a two-week remodeling closure. Chef Yuichi Natori’s refreshed menu features old favorites, as well as uni risotto, rib-eye steak, a kaisen platter, duck sliders and twin butterflied quail. Chaya Venice, 110 Navy St., Venice, CA 90291, 310-396-1179.
The NoMad Coming to Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles will be home to The NoMad, helmed by Eleven Madison Park chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara. The hotel and restaurant concept started in New York and is also expanding to Las Vegas. Get a taste of what's to come at the NoMad Truck, which is parked at The Line Los Angeles hotel in Koreatown. The NoMad Los Angeles, Giannini Place, 649 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Baltaire Debuts New Casual Lunch Menu
Baltaire has updated their lunch menu with a more casual, approachable setting and new selections, along with mocktails. Executive chef Travis Strickland’s newly debuted lunch dishes include grilled Hawaiian albacore, tuna conserva sandwich on sourdough with Hook’s cheddar, and smoked salmon avocado toast. Baltaire’s new mocktails include blackberry lemonade with blackberries, fresh lemon and club soda. Baltaire, 11647 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 424-273-1660 .
Ledlow Splits into Two Restaurants
Josef Centeno (Baco Mercat, Bar Ama) is dividing his downtown spot Ledlow into two concepts. Ledlow proper, though downsized, will refocus on whiskey and haute bar food; the other half, P. Y. T., will offer mostly vegetarian options. Light breakfast service will continue. Ledlow, 400 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-687-7015.
CJ Jacobson has left Studio City’s Girasol and former chef de cuisine Justin Abram (The Bazaar, Scarpetta) has become the new executive chef. Look for a revamped menu coming soon. Girasol, 11334 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91602, 818-924-2323.
The Churchill has welcomed new executive chef Stephen Trujillo (Bouchon, Tar & Roses), who is revamping the gastropub’s menu with the likes of duck confit and sunchoke hash, Moroccan spiced lamb, and wild octopus with black olive, pickled peppadew pepper and cauliflower. The Churchill, 8384 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-655-8384.
New Zealander Jean-Paul Lourdes (Pierre Gagnaire, Paris) will now take charge as the executive chef of The Restaurant at The Getty Center. His newly debuted, frequently changing menus will highlight seasonal offerings from the Hollywood and Santa Monica farmers markets, and locally and sustainably caught fish and shellfish. The Restaurant at The Getty Center, The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-440-6810.
After ramping up in Silver Lake at Kettle Black, chef Sydney C. Hunter III now takes over at Sawyer and debuts his new fall seafood-focused menu. Working alongside Hunter will be sous chef Alejandro Galan (Catch & Release, Picca). Previous chef Alex McWilliams stepped out of his role as executive chef. Sawyer, 3705 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-641-3709.
Chef Raphael Lunetta (former chef-owner of the shuttered French restaurant JiRaffe) is back on the Santa Monica dining scene at The Georgian hotel. He will introduce new menus of "Coastal California" fare at The Veranda restaurant. The Veranda, The Georgian Hotel, 1415 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 800-538-8147.
Restaurateur Stéphane Bombet and executive chef Michael Hung have parted ways with Viviane restaurant. Viviane, Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills, 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-407-7791.
Chef Miles Thompson, formerly of Allumette, is now overseeing the kitchen at Michael's in Santa Monica. Michael's, 1147 Third St., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-451-0843.
Adam Fleischman and Stephen Gelber’s Spanish restaurant smoke.oil.salt. on Melrose Avenue has closed. smoke.oil.salt., 7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, no phone.
Chef Sevan Abdessian (Patina) closed Recess Eatery in Highland Park and reopened it as 51 Tavern, a neighborhood gastropub. Recess Eatery, 5022 York Blvd., Highland Park, CA 90042, no phone.
The Santa Monica branch of The Hungry Cat has shuttered. The original Hollywood location of chef/owner David Lentz's seafood restaurant will remain open. However, the Santa Barbara outpost is scheduled to close at the end of December 2016. For more information, visit the official website. The Hungry Cat, 100 W. Channel Rd., Santa Monica, CA 90402, no phone.
21 Choices frozen yogurt shop in Pasadena is temporarily closed while the building undergoes renovations. 21 Choices, 85 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-304-9521.
Typhoon, one of Santa Monica’s most charming and iconic spots, closed on November 8, 2016, due to rent increases and the possible future closure of the Santa Monica Airport. Typhoon, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop S., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
“Top Chef” Michael Voltaggio’s Sack Sandwiches has closed on the Sunset Strip. Fans can still get their fix at Voltaggio’s flagship Sack Sandwiches (originally ink.sack) on Melrose, or at LAX Bradley terminal’s ink.sack branch. Sack Sandwiches, 8915 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Santa Monica is temporarily closed. O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2941 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-396-4725.
At Echo Park Lake, Square One at the Boathouse will close due to a rent increase, and be replaced with Curate Café, which will offer a similar menu of casual café fare. Square One at the Boathouse, 751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
Popular neighborhood spot Magnolia has closed after more than a decade on Hollywood Boulevard. Magnolia, 6266 1/2 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, no phone.
Woodland Hills has lost its 40-year-old location of Jerry’s Famous Deli, which closed October 16. The restaurant’s Encino and Studio City branches remain open. Jerry's Famous Deli, 21857 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364, no phone.
On Pico, Steingarten, the gastropub popular for its lengthy menu of sausages and fine beers, has closed. Steingarten, 10543 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064, no phone.
Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, formerly Food Network's “Too Hot Tamales,” closed the original Santa Monica location of their Border Grill restaurant after more than two decades of business. The duo plan to open a new concept in Santa Monica. Border Grill Downtown LA remains open. Border Grill, 1445 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
Moruno at The Original Farmers Market has closed. Sister establishment Bar Moruno at Grand Central Market remains open. Moruno, The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., 110, Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Caribbean restaurant Cha Cha Cha in Silver Lake has shuttered. Cha Cha Cha, 656 N. Virgil Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004, no phone.
The Silver Lake location of Intelligentsia is temporarily closed for renovations. Intelligentsia, Sunset Junction, 3922 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-663-6173.
Your days to enjoy a beachside meal at Gladstone's may be numbered. Its agreement with the County of Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors is reportedly scheduled to end in October 2017. Gladstone's, 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, 310-454-3474.
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