Los Angeles Restaurant News
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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
Chef Phillip Frankland Lee, who’s already found San Fernando Valley success with The Gadarene Swine, has opened Scratch Bar & Kitchen in Encino. This reincarnation of his tasting bar concept, which he runs with pastry chef/wife Margarita, is on the second floor of Encino Place. Chef Lee is appearing on “Top Chef: California.” He previously won on “Chopped,” “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Guy’s Grocery Games.” Scratch Bar, Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, 818-646-6085.
Superba Food + Bread has opened at The Point, a new shopping, dining and entertainment destination in El Segundo. The restaurant joins True Food Kitchen, North Italia, Hopdoddy Burger Bar and ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. Superba Food + Bread, The Point, 830 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 100, El Segundo, CA 90245, 310-906-4598.
Charcoal Venice is a neighborhood restaurant with fire pit-grilled cuisine from acclaimed chef Josiah Citrin (Mélisse). Dishes include dry-aged New York steak, grilled chicken and smoked short ribs. House-made vinegars, mustards and sauces accompany the meats; vegetables include baked Yukon potatoes with chives and Gouda. Charcoal Venice, 425 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292, 310-751-6794.
Chang'an Restaurant is a modern Chinese restaurant and bar in a San Gabriel strip mall. The space features a contemporary configuration of brick, wood and steel. Share-friendly dishes include beef tataki with capers, garlic, and pine nuts; beef and lamb skewers served with herbaceous dips; and Szechuan-style boiled fish and frog. Among desserts are white fungus soup with lotus seeds and osmanthus rice balls swimming in sweet rice wine. To drink, Chang’an has gathered an eclectic menu of lagers from around the world. Lunch & Dinner daily. Chang'an Restaurant, 227 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, CA 91776, 626-872-0906.
Sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa and team have added a SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa location in Pasadena's South Lake shopping district. To keep costs down, SUGARFISH makes all food in back from a limited menu. A la carte sushi, sashimi and rolls are available, but many people submit to "TRUST ME" menus. The Nozawa provides the most deluxe selection, with courses that include tuna sashimi, snapper sushi, a blue crab hand roll and the daily special. This Pasadena location features a primarily grey color scheme, with wood accents and bulb lanterns. Lunch & Dinner daily. SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa, 146 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-298-8386.
Blaqhaus is open in North Hollywood. The space features a black and white mural that depicts classic L.A. imagery, including movie cameras, the Hollywood sign and the Capitol Records building. The menu showcases internationally inspired comfort foods like Dodger Bleu burgers, Straight Outta NoHo waffle fry nachos, and Oreo ice cream sushi rolls for dessert. Greens and flatbreads round out the eclectic menu. To drink, choose from soft drinks, coffee, tea and a lemonade of the day. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Blaqhaus, 11665 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606, 818-980-5500.
Musician/DJ Moby has opened Little Pine, an organic, vegan bistro in Silver Lake. Little Pine, 2870 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-741-8148.
Otium, a project from Bill Chait's Sprout LA restaurant group, has opened for lunch service. The downtown Los Angeles restaurant features contemporary wood-fired fare from chef Timothy Hollingsworth, the former chef de cuisine of The French Laundry who also collaborated on Barrel & Ashes in Studio City. Otium is set in a freestanding building adjacent to The Broad museum on Bunker Hill. The nearby kiosk Otium On the Go is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Otium, 222 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-935-8500.
Sushi Roku’s Hollywood location closed in October to make way for a new IDG flagship restaurant, ROKU, featuring fresh Japanese creations utilizing a test kitchen and a room for teppanyaki cooking. Lee Maen, partner/founder of Innovative Dining Group, states, “ROKU will blend some of the core sensibilities from Sushi Roku Hollywood with our evolving signature style, in order to offer something new and cutting edge for today’s discerning guest.” The restaurant is open for dinner nightly, with weekday lunch to start November 30, 2015. ROKU, 9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-278-2060.
Fast-casual Korean restaurant Oleego, from chef Jenee Kim, which started in downtown L.A. and also operates in Chinatown, is now open in Sherman Oaks' Westfield Fashion Square mall. The name means “lay on” in Korean. Choose from eight proteins, including galbi (short rib), chicken bulgogi and shrimp, and lay your selection on either rice, fried rice, noodles or greens. Choose a sauce, either Oleego soy, spicy soy, bean paste or Oleego hot, and commence eating. Grab your black tray from the sleek white stall and retreat to a nearby table in the mall food court. Lunch & Dinner daily. Oleego by Park's BBQ, Westfield Fashion Square, 14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818-501-9092.
Sangers & Joe is serving up breakfast, lunch and brunch in Old Town Pasadena. The café’s name comes from “Sanger” (Australian slang for sandwiches) and “Joe” (as in coffee). Also on offer are salads, panini and deli-style sides like red quinoa with cucumbers. Sangers & Joe, 57 E. Holly St., Pasadena, CA 91103, 323-553-0563.
Restaurateur Bill Chait has revived The Rose Café in Venice, now called Rose Café-Restaurant. Partner and executive chef Jason Neroni directs the culinary team for breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. Rose Café-Restaurant, 220 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310-399-0711.
Chef Bruce Kalman (Union) will open Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. The pastas will be made with small-batch flour from Grist & Toll in Pasadena. Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-624-2378.
Chef Chris Oh (Seoul Sausage Co.) and restaurateur Stéphane Bombet (Terrine, Faith & Flower) have opened Hanjip, a modern Korean BBQ restaurant, in Culver City. Hanjip, 3829 Main St., Culver City, CA 90232, 323-720-8804.
Sidecar Doughnuts has set up shop in Santa Monica. The doughnuts are fried in small batches each hour and come in seasonal flavors like Lemon & Thyme. Mendocino Farms and Juice Served Here will be its neighbors in the same building. Sidecar Doughnuts, 631 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-587-0022.
Shoppers at Santa Monica Place can now nosh on burgers, salads, pizza, pasta, steaks --- plus 50 cheesecake varieties --- at the mall’s new Cheesecake Factory. The Cheesecake Factory, Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Pl., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-260-8300.
Musashiya has opened in Westwood, serving fresh, handmade udon noodles and specializing in dipping-style noodles. Expect variations from miso to carbonara, alongside tempura, sushi rolls and small Japanese side dishes. The noodle-maker himself is on display working his craft daily. Lunch & Dinner daily. Musashiya, 1049 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-208-5999.
Square One Dining’s third iteration has appeared in the former Lucky Duck space in Silver Lake on Hyperion Avenue. Square One Silver Lake is now serving breakfast and lunch daily; expect packed weekend brunches with omelets and Benedicts, French toast, burgers and salads. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Square One Silver Lake, 2630 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 213-220-0938.
Former Barnyard chef Jesse Barber’s new Dudley Market brightens up the beach in Venice with an artisanal marketplace and restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Expect breakfast dishes like caponata hash with poached eggs, and a French omelette with a whole, fried soft shell crab. Afternoon snacks range from beets and burrata to a cheeseburger, while dinner items include salt and pepper gnocci, wild mushrooms with black rice, and chicken with fig mostarda. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Dudley Market, 9 Dudley Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 424-744-8060.
eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery has opened in Santa Monica. It’s the first restaurant from chef Roberto Martin, former personal chef to Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Cruise. (He’s also the author of the cookbooks Vegan Cooking for Carnivores and Roberto’s New Vegan Cooking.) eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery, 1705 Ocean Ave., Ste. 111, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 424-272-8700.
Organic ice cream shop Rori's Artisanal Creamery has opened on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Rori's Artisanal Creamery, 910 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, no phone.
Manhattan Beach's Little Sister has opened a location in downtown Los Angeles. Little Sister, 523 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-628-3146.
Starry Kitchen’s Nguyen and Thi Tran paired up with co-owners Jordan Weiss and Gabriel Fowlkes to open Button Mash in Echo Park. Besides offering a motherlode of vintage arcade games, pinball machines and craft beers, the Tran’s menu features SK favorites including crispy tofu balls, garlic noodles and tamarind-chile chicken wings. Also, expect new items such as a Coca-Cola-braised jackfruit sandwich with mozzarella on a roll, and vegan specialties. Button Mash, 1391 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-250-9903.
Trois Familia in Silver Lake is the latest collaboration from Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Trois Mec, Petit Trois). This French-Mexican restaurant serves brunch every day. Trois Familia, 3510 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-725-7800.
Eagle Rock denizens can now peel and eat shrimp and crawfish by the pound at Crawfish on Fire. Also find Cajun offerings like of fried catfish, fried oysters, crab legs, sausages and hot wings. To drink, there are domestic and imported beers. Lunch Sat. & Sun., Dinner nightly. Crawfish on Fire, 4411 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041, 323-675-1050.
In Hollywood, chef/owner Kwang Uh (previously of Daniel, Nobu and Noma), has opened Baroo, a "freestyle experimental kitchen" in a strip mall on Santa Monica Boulevard. Inspired by Buddhist monks (among other things), the menu features dishes like pork belly tortilla flambé made with 48-hour pork belly, Gochujang sauce and lemon verbena kombucha dressing; mixed grains with farro grains, roasted beet cream, finger lime, and rose onion pickle; celeriac pasta; and passionfruit tart with elderflower meringue. To drink, there’s house-fermented kombucha and cold-brewed Bicycle coffee. Baroo, 5706 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-819-4344.
Fast-casual restaurant concept Yalla Mediterranean has brought a new location to the Burbank Empire Center. The restaurant’s Mediterranean cuisine (spanning Greece, Morocco, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Tunisia and Egypt) utilizes locally sourced produce, hormone-free and responsibly raised meats, and wild-caught fish. Yalla Mediterranean, Burbank Empire Center, 1781 N. Victory Pl., Burbank, CA 91502, 818-565-0426.
Estrella on the Sunset Strip features globally influenced California cuisine from executive chef Dakota Weiss ("Top Chef"). The restaurant, which is named after the "circus girl" mentioned in the Joni Mitchell song "Ladies of the Canyon," has a bohemian vibe. Estrella, 8800 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-652-6613.
Portland's Blue Star Donuts has opened in Venice. Varieties include dulce de leche hazelnut, passion fruit cocoa nib and blueberry bourbon basil. Vegan options are also available. Blue Star Donuts, 1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
Blind Weasel has taken over the original location of Umami Burger. The menu offers a variety of "bar snacks" (Hawaiian hot wings, deviled eggs), flatbreads, burgers and pastas. Blind Weasel, 850 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-549-9488.
The Good Greek Grill has taken the place of defunct Juicy Burger on Vermont Avenue, next to the Los Feliz Cinema. This little storefront is a brick-and-mortar extension of the Good Greek Grub truck, so look for souvlaki, gyros, Greek salads, homemade dolma and spicy feta fries. Good Greek Grill, 1820 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-326-7228.
Mixologist Julian Cox spearheads the new lounge situated above Barrel & Ashes (where he also did the cocktail list) named The Fiscal Agent. Executive chef Michael Kahikina created the bar menu to accompany Cox’s gourmet libations. Dinner Wed.-Sat. The Fiscal Agent, 11801 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-623-8088.
Piccolo Venice chef Bobo Ivan is back in the old Piccolo space, now renamed Bobo. The contemporary Italian menu features sea scallops capesante with sunchoke-Parmesan fondue; lamb carpaccio with celery, piave shavings and truffle oil; homemade ricotta-turmeric cavatelli with braised goat ragú and aromatic herbs; and lamb chops with rhubarb-port wine reduction and saffron risotto. There’s a a six-course tasting menu for $75 per person, and a 10-course miniature tasting for $90 per person. Dinner nightly. Bobo, 5 Dudley Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310-314-3222.
Entrepreneur Andrew Meieran (The Edison) has resurrected Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles. Clifton's, 648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-627-1673.
Maia is now open in the former Mirabelle space on the Sunset Strip, and features a lush, twinkling patio, as well as a sleek inside dining room and a lounge with post-dinner DJs. Expect oysters, a lobster quesadilla, ceviche and poke to start; larger plates include smoked chicken with chipotle cream, Alaskan halibut with squash blossoms, and filet mignon with a yuzu-sake glaze. There’s also a sushi and sashimi menu with specialty hand rolls, and handcrafted cocktails and “sangria kits” that come with fruits, wine and purées on a tray. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Maia, 8768 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-0366.
The owners of Silverlake Wine and two Everson Royce wine shops have teamed with chef Matt Molina (ex-Mozza) on the multi-faceted Arts District destination Everson Royce Bar. A fashionable bar with "My That's Better" in cursive neon gives way to a big back patio with picnic tables, a blue bocce court, wood and brick walls, colorful patchwork flooring, strings of lights and views of the sky. Matt Molina has created a comfort food menu that includes a burger, grilled chicken thighs marinated in Peruvian aji sauce, and biscuits with whipped butter. Co-owner Randy Clement has built an eclectic wine list with minimal mark-up. Bartender Chris Ojeda, previously with Soho House and The Varnish, is overseeing the cocktail program. Dinner nightly. Everson Royce Bar, 1936 E 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-335-6166.
Avenue 31, a new sibling of the chic Monaco restaurant of the same name, has opened in the former Le Clafoutis space. Expect a Mediterranean menu and a bar program from mixologist extraordinaire Matthew “Eat Your Drink” Biancaniello, which includes a selection of creative, boozy oysters. Avenue 31, 8630 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-5983.
Chef Tony Xu completes his Chengdu quartet with Chengdu Taste #4 (301 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel), slated to open in late autumn 2015, putting a focus on Sichuan noodles. Xu’s three other San Gabriel valley restaurants are popular for spicy Chengdu specialties and other dishes from China’s western region.
Restaurateur Stéphane Bombet (Terrine) and chef Michael Hung are behind Viviane, offering continental cuisine, at Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills. Kelly Wearstler designed the space. Bombet Hospitality Group has assumed oversight of all food and beverage operations at the hip property at Olympic Boulevard and Canon Drive, with chef Hung crafting the fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Viviane, Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills, 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-407-7791.
Jesse Gomez and chef/partner Jose Acevedo are heading to Brentwood to open a sister location of popular Studio City Mexican seafood restaurant Maradentro. Maradentro Brentwood will debut in the former Café Rockenwagner (1168 S. Barrington Ave.). Designer Ana Henton will extend the flagship’s modern nautical aesthetic to both the dining room and the patio. Expect similar menu favorites, and an early 2016 opening date. Maradentro Brentwood, 1168 S. Barrington Ave., Brentwood, CA 90049, no phone.
Chef Steve Samson (Sotto) will bring a new Italian restaurant, RossoBlù, to the Fashion District’s City Market South redevelopment project, due to open in 2016. Menus will focus on the regions of Bologna and Emilia-Romagna, with handmade pastas, pizza from wood-burning ovens and spit-roasted meats. RossoBlù, City Market South, 1057 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 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 late 2016 opening. The Slanted Door, City Market South, 1057 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
Andre Guerrero (Maximiliano, The Oinkster) plans to open a bakery/salumeria/market in Highland Park (5930 York Blvd.) called Sugar & Bone. Expect house-smoked meats, pastas, pastries and breads from pastry chef Jan Purdy, and Intelligentsia coffee. Sugar & Bone, 5930 York Blvd.
, Highland Park, CA 90042, no phone.
Look for a new giant brewpub arriving from Cedd Moses (Seven Grand, Cole’s) and Brian Lenzo (Blue Palms Brewhouse), the Arts District Brewing Company, located on Traction Avenue. Beer-maker Devon Randall with be on board creating distinctive brews for the bar/restaurant, which will also feature a rooftop area and Skee-Ball. Arts District Brewing Company, 830 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013, No phone.
71Above will open on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. Chef Vartan Abgaryan will depart Cliff's Edge to helm the restaurant. The opening is tentatively set for Spring 2016. 71Above, 633 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, no phone.
Southern California’s Brouwerij West will open its craft brewery in 2015. It will be located in San Pedro inside a wood truss-roofed warehouse that was originally built by the U.S. Navy in the 1940s, now part of the CRAFTED arts complex. This will house the beer production, as well as a restaurant with seating for more than 200 people, a bottle shop, a coffee bar, a retail outlet and large private event space. Brouwerij West, Warehouse No. 9, 110 East 22nd St., San Pedro, CA 90731, no phone.
Josiah Citrin to Open Hot Dog Stand at Staples Center
Chef Josiah Citrin (Mélisse) is opening an outpost of Dave's Doghouse at Staples Center. (The owner of the Arizona-based hot dog stand is Dave Cheren, who is Citrin's cousin.) In the meantime, visitors to the arena can sample Dave's Doghouse hot dogs at DraftKings Fantasy Sports Bar & Lounge. Dave's Doghouse, Staples Center, 1111 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
Aestus Launches Happy Hour
Santa Monica's aestus is debuting a happy hour featuring $7 specialty craft cocktails like the Bee’s Knees (gin, lemon, honey) from bar director Marissa Grasmick, $6 wines by the glass selected by owner/wine director Kevin O'Connor, $6 well drinks, $4 draft beer and $5 upscale snacks (house-made burrata served on grilled bread with heirloom tomatoes). Offerings are available from 4 p.m.-7 pm, Tuesday through Friday at the bar. aestus, 507 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 424-268-4433.
Terrine Expands Lunch Service to Weekdays
Terrine has expanded its hours to include weekday lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Along with classic French dishes such as croque monsieur, beef tartare and quiche du jour, there are new menu items, including a French dip sandwich and smoked chicken breast with butter lettuce, avocado, herb crème fraîche, radish and crunchy shallots. Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
Wally's Launches New Truffle Market
Wally’s Beverly Hills has launched its new truffle market, and will carry the largest selection of truffles in Los Angeles, as well as gourmet products made with truffles from around the world. Additionally, executive chef David Féau will incorporate seasonal truffles into his new signature truffle dishes --- foie gras with truffle torchon, soft scrambled eggs with truffles, and truffle risotto --- or on the menu items of guests’ choosing. Wally's Beverly Hills, 447 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-475-3540.
Mud Hen Tavern Launches Take-Out Window
Susan Feniger’s Mud Hen Tavern has launched its “take-out window extreme” called Blue Window, a concept that runs weekdays only from noon-10 p.m., and rotates themes every six months. The debut theme (through February 2016) is Asia. All dishes are $7 each, and include Korean potstickers, albacore poke, barbecued bao, stuffed tempura, chicken wings and a banh mi sandwich. Dishes can be made vegan upon request. Blue Window, 742 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-203-0500.
Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson Team Up on Loco'L
Maverick chef Roy Choi’s upcoming healthy fast food spot in Watts, Loco’L, is projected to open in late 2015. Choi (Kogi, POT) has teamed up with San Francisco chef Daniel Patterson (Coi), who will also open a Loco’L in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. The chefs share a goal of “revolutionizing” fast food. Healthy burgers will be made with grains and tofu, buns will be nutrient-dense, and they will be priced at only 99 cents. Choi insists there will be no sodas, only agua frescas. Loco'L, 1950 E. 103rd St., Watts, CA 90002, no phone.
UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS
Chef Alex Ageneau has departed aestus. He will be stepping in as executive chef at Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant, taking over from Giselle Wellman. aestus, 507 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 424-268-4433.
Jason Fullilove is no longer the executive chef at Clifton's in downtown Los Angeles. A new chef will be announced soon. Clifton's, 648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-627-1673.
Chef Mirko Paderno will be chef de cuisine to Angelo Auriana at Officine Brera in downtown Los Angeles. Both chefs previously worked at Valentino in Santa Monica. Officine Brera, 1330 E. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, No phone.
Executive chef Isaias Peña is taking over the reins in the kitchen at Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern. The new menu features dishes such as house-cured charcuterie, bahn mi pork belly pizza, chicken and waffle sliders, stout beer-braised short rib gnocchi and coffee-ancho ahi. Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern, 5370 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-525-2618.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
Seasons 52 at Westfield Century City has closed. Seasons 52, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, no phone.
Hollywood seafood restaurant littlefork closed November 1, 2015, to make way for a pop-up of Nashville-themed Howlin’ Ray’s Hot Chicken, which will feature a whisky-centric cocktail menu. littlefork, 1600 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
LIVELLO at L'Ermitage Beverly Hills has shuttered. The restaurant will be replaced by Avec Nous, a French bistro helmed by chef Olivier Quignon (former executive chef of Bar Boulud in New York). LIVELLO, L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
Saint Martha is temporarily closed due to a change in ownership. The restaurant plans to open again in the near future. Saint Martha, 740 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005, 213-387-2300.
Gourmet foods shop Epicure Imports announced via e-mail that it's "currently closed for business and all scheduled open warehouse sales have been canceled." Epicure Imports, 6900 Beck Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91605, 818-985-9800.
The West Third Street location of Sushi Roku, from Innovative Dining Group (IDG), had its last night of service on October 17, 2015. Sushi Roku also has outposts in Santa Monica, Pasadena, Newport Beach, Las Vegas and Scottsdale. Stay tuned for IDG's forthcoming new concept, ROKU. Sushi Roku, 8445 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
Alma had its final night of dinner service on October 24, 2015. Chef Ari Taymor was one of GAYOT's 2014 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the U.S. Alma, 952 S. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
Tar & Roses is closed for construction repairs after a fire in the hood of the wood-burning oven. Tar & Roses, 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-587-0700.
Three years after purchasing Pascal Rigo's La Boulange Bakery brand for $100 million, Starbucks has shuttered the La Boulange café in Los Angeles, as well as the locations in San Francisco. La Boulange, 359 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Culver City’s highly regarded Italian restaurant in the Helms Bakery complex, Bucato, has closed. Bucato, Helms Bakery, 3280 Helms Ave., Culver City, CA 90034, no phone.
The Belvedere in The Peninsula Beverly Hills has closed for an extensive renovation and will reopen in December 2015, in time for the holidays, with a new concept. Mediterranean-inspired fare highlighting seafood will replace the former menu of contemporary American cuisine, with the kitchen still overseen by executive chef David Codney. Outdoor dining will be a significant component of the evolved restaurant, complemented by a refurbished interior. The Belvedere, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-788-2306.