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Chef Enrique Olvera (Pujol, Cosme) will open Cosme LA Chef Enrique Olvera (Pujol, Cosme) will open Cosme LA, an haute modern Mexican sister restaurant to his acclaimed NYC flagship, in DTLA’s Arts District later this year. Cosme LA, 2118 E. 7th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
Chef Aitor Zabala, who collaborated with chef José Andrés on Somni Somni, a fine-dining concept from chef José Andrés and chef Aitor Zabala, is now open at SLS Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills. The culinary journey of 20-plus courses draws inspiration from the chefs' childhoods in Spain, as well as the epicurean experiences they've collected in Los Angeles and on world travels. Tickets are available via Tock. Somni, SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-246-5543.
Encino seafood fans mourned the loss of Phillip Frankland Lee’s Frankland Crab & Co. (which made way for his expanded Scratch Bar 2.0). But the good news is that he will reopen the chic “seafood shack” in Woodland Hills later this year, at Westfield Topanga & The Village. Look for chilled white gulf prawns, wild-caught king crab legs and Maine lobster alongside the likes of branzino fish and chips, shellfish chowder and fried oysters and clams. Frankland Crab & Co., Westfield Topanga & The Village, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, CA 91303, no phone.
Vivian Ku (Pine & Crane) has debuted Joy, her second Taiwanese restaurant in Highland Park. The former Ba space is expanded into an airy storefront dining room with tall plate glass windows overlooking York Avenue, exposed brick walls, rustic wood tables and benches, and a long counter. The menu reprises some Pine & Crane favorites like spicy shrimp wontons, sesame scallion bread, dan dan noodles, pork belly buns and forbidden rice pudding. Joy, 5100 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
Culver City’s popular bar Blind Barber (by way of NYC) has debuted a new location on the Eastside in Highland Park on Figueroa. In front, yes, there’s an actual barber shop; after a haircut look for the “hidden” sultry 70s bar and lounge featuring some groovy furniture, a stylish backlit bar and frequent DJs. Expect signature craft cocktails, craft beer, and a menu of a dozen gourmet grilled cheese sammies including smoked Gouda with Thai chiles and habanero. Blind Barber, 5715 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-739-0315.
The Sunset Strip welcomes Lazer Kat, a rockin’ new two-story bar that features loads of neon, an 80s soundtrack, a colorfully lit dance floor, video games and kitschy vintage art. Retro beachy cocktails, including a Jungle Bird and Blue Hawaiian, dominate the slushy drinks list. On tap find a good selection of craft beers alongside some house wines, and to nosh there’s New York-style pizza. Drinks & Dinner nightly. Lazer Kat, 8264 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-450-9478.
A sprawling outpost of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse will add a luxe new dining option to the recently renovated Westfield Century City mall this coming November. The 15,000-square-foot two-story restaurant will show off bars on both levels, including a Champagne Lounge upstairs. Windows opening out onto Santa Monica Boulevard should create an airy feel. Expect the likes of shellfish towers, foie gras, lobster and hand-cut, dry-aged steaks and chops, along with plenty of wine and cocktails. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, no phone.
Augustine’s David Gibbs and Nick Caballero have partnered in Valley Village on the new Mirabelle Wine Bar, located on Burbank Boulevard. Expect a fairly compelling global selection of wines by the glass, with popular California options alongside some rarer finds from more obscure corners. There’s beer on tap, too. Also available are select cheese and charcuterie and bar bites. Dinner nightly. Mirabelle Wine Bar, 12518 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village, CA 91607, 818-927-4241.
Silver Lake’s hip new neighborhood café and general store, Scout, is found on Sunset Boulevard. A fast-casual counter offers a coffee program from Portland-based Heart Coffee, smoothies, kombuchas, aromatic teas and pastries from Roxana Jullapat. Breakfast options highlight a grain bowl with peppered bacon, red quinoa, poached egg, red cabbage, radicchio, pickled red onion, roasted mushrooms and chimichurri. Sandwiches include a Spicy Fried Chicken and Jambon Beurre with French ham, French butter, French breakfast radish and cornichon spread on a fermented baguette; of course, expect a kale salad, too. Scout, 3707 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-451-9750.
Melrose Avenue has a new destination to get your caffeine fix: Point Five Espresso Bar. There's also a breakfast/lunch menu serving eggs Benedict, buttermilk buckwheat pancakes and avocado and heirloom tomato toast, plus smoothies and coffee drinks. Point Five Espresso Bar, 7965 ½ Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-424-7723.
Downtown's Hotel Figueroa has re-opened after extensive renovations. Chef Casey Lane oversees the dining program, which includes the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Breva. Breva, Hotel Figueroa, 939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-627-8971.
Pasadena’s family-owned Chamo Venezuelan Cuisine offers new, authentic Latin food options on Colorado Boulevard. Look for a selection of arepas, Venezuela’s iconic stuffed sandwiches, with stewed pork cracklings, shredded beef, chicken and avocado salad or Gouda cheese, and a variety of empanadas and hallacas (Venezuelan tamales on plantain leaves). Chamo Venezuelan Cuisine, 950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106, 626-639-3339.
All-day eatery The Gables will open April 18, 2018, on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica. Menus from consulting executive chef Vicki Fan Matsusaka (Beacon, Superba Food + Bread) will focus on seasonal fare and upscale bakery goods. The Gables, 331 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
French-inspired Barbette will emerge this spring in West Hollywood’s former Tinto space. Owners Jared Meisler and Sean MacPherson (The Pikey, Jones) are bringing on an April Bloomfield protégé, NY chef Robert Flaherty (The John Dory), to create a casual, seasonally driven bistro menu. Expect a noteworthy bar with craft cocktails, too. Barbette, 7511 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, no phone.
In Virgil Village the short-lived Hot Hot Food has flipped into a hip new plant-based restaurant called Jewel, an ideal match for the neighborhood. The menu, based on California produce, with the exception of eggs is free from all dairy and animal products; it's also gluten-free. Look for the Black Diamond pizza made with spinach-artichoke “cheese” and a charcoal crust; hearts of palm and chickpea “crab cakes” with preserved kumquat aïoli; and forbidden fried rice with kimchi and gochujang. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Jewel, 654 N. Hoover St., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323-522-6927.
Hock + Hoof will open in DTLA on Spring Street in March, featuring a contemporary American menu driven by French technique, Asian ingredients and global inspirations from Patina Group alums Kat Hu and Justin Yi. Look for the likes of bacalao Scotch eggs, beef heart tartare, Hokkaido scallops with winter melon and osmanthus foam, and a cowboy rib-eye with pink peppercorn béarnaise. Hock + Hoof, 517 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-400-0727.
The Nixon Chops & Whiskey, a modern, upscale steakhouse and whiskey bar in uptown Whittier, is the latest restaurant from Top Chef star Katsuji Tanabe (Mastro’s, Mexikosher). Red booths, chandeliers and sultry lighting from the bar set the scene for high-end classics including a 32 oz. chef’s cut bone-in rib-eye, Colorado Wagyu flat-iron steak and broiled lobster with chipotle butter. The Nixon Chops & Whiskey, 13033 Philadelphia St., Whittier, CA 90601, 562-698-3355.
Silver Lake’s new hipstery Jewish deli, Freedman’s, vamps on old-school classics like matzoh ball soup and latkes, and updates its menu accordingly. Look for the likes of chopped liver, veal tongue and cress on rye for lunch, and for dinner a trout roe popover, sweetbread schnitzel with red cabbage and quince, and mutton chop with anchovy and mint jelly. One specialty is glazed brisket and smoked bone marrow (for three or more). Freedman's, 2619 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-568-3754.
Montrésor presents French fare in Studio City Montrésor aims to bring a romantic slice of France to Studio City, courtesy of actress/restaurateur Lisa Long and designer and partner, Ann Booth Luly. Executive chef Paul Shoemaker has created a menu of French classics distinguished by innovative techniques and seasonal produce. Montrésor, 11266 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-760-7081.
As part of Beverly Center’s ambitious gastronomic upgrade, Eggslut has opened on the ground level, on the corner of 3rd & San Vicente. It brings its breakfast sandwiches, burgers and the celebrated “slut” – coddled egg on potato purée in a glass jar. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Eggslut, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Ste. 101, Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-975-3822.
Rappahannock has a number of East Coast locations (Richmond, Charleston, Washington DC) and its first West Coast sibling will land at the ROW DTLA complex downtown in March. Chef Nick Erven (Saint Martha, Erven) will be at the helm, so expect a menu beyond the raw bar, as well as cocktails and wine. Rappahannock Oyster Bar, ROW DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
Triple Beam Pizza has opened in Highland Park, thanks to a collaboration between Nancy Silverton (Mozza), Matt Molina (Everson Royce Bar) and Randy Clement (Silverlake Wine). Look for five-foot-long Roman-style pies ranging from a margherita, patate and salame to nettle and sausage --- order squares by length and pay by the ounce at the counter. Italian-inspired sandwiches with Silverton’s magic touch are also on offer. There’s wine by the glass, a store and tasting room, and a patio for socializing. Triple Beam Pizza, 5916 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
NoMad Los Angeles has landed in downtown LA Building upon its success in New York City, NoMad Los Angeles has landed in downtown LA. The property boasts a dining program spearheaded by chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park, one of GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. The Mezzanine, the most formal option, overlooks the lobby and serves dinner, while the lobby restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and the Giannini Bar specializes in classic and original cocktails. NoMad Los Angeles, NoMad Los Angeles, 649 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-358-0000.
Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis are following up their hit Italian spot Bestia with Bavel, a Middle Eastern restaurant also located in downtown LA's Arts District. Bavel, 500 Matteo St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.

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Interior of Crustacean Beverly Hills New Look for Crustacean
House of AN hospitality group has unveiled big changes for Crustacean, their Beverly Hills restaurant that has been serving Asian fusion fare for two decades. Crustacean continues to occupy the first floor, but with a revamped menu and floorplan featuring adjustable walls for more flexibility for private parties. The space also includes a bar and al fresco seating. Meanwhile, the second floor will be home to a new restaurant. Crustacean, 9646 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-205-8990.
Canter's Late-Night Dine-In Restaurant Service Change
Night owl stalwart Canter’s deli has announced the end of an era – it will cease its dine-in restaurant service weekday late-night hours from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Customers can still order food in the front deli and bakery areas for takeout, and around-the-clock delivery will continue. Canter's, 419 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-651-2030.
Ari Taymor Offers Spring Brunch Pop-Up in Santa Monica
For the near future former Alma chef Ari Taymor is offering a brunch pop-up on Saturdays and Sundays (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) called Little Prince, on Main St. in Santa Monica. Look for dishes including wood oven baked eggs with spring alliums, labne and flatbread; smoked salmon hash with seaweed hollandaise, crispy potatoes and a slow cooked yolk; a cast iron pancake with market preserves, cultured butter and smoked maple; and green chia pudding with sorrel, coconut, and market toppings. Cocktails come from Shane Murphy (Zinque) like a yuzu kosho michelada and Mezcal Cactus Cooler made with Yola mezcal, nopal, aloe, jalapeño and worm salt. Reservations must be made in advance at the official website. Little Prince, 2424 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
Surfas Culinary District Relocates
LA’s beloved and unique culinary mecca for cookware, equipment and gourmet goods, Surfas, is resurfacing in Arlington Heights on Washington Boulevard, not far from the old Culver City location. The store also plans to reopen the former popular Café Surfas, and they have even moved their beautiful coral tree to the new address. Look for a spring opening. Surfas, 3225 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018, no phone.
BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood debuts new vegan menu BOA Steakhouse Debuts Chic New Vegan Menu
BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood is launching a globally inspired menu of new vegan, plant-based dishes, with French, Asian and Italian influences. Look for beet poke with jalapeño, ginger and root chips; Nidi Bolognese with almond ricotta and mushroom Bolognese; stuffed savoy cabbage leaves with butternut squash dates, pecans and black garlic; and a wild mushroom burger with arugula aïoli and truffle on a potato bun. BOA Steakhouse, Luckman Plaza, 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-278-2050.
Scratch Bar & Kitchen Transforms with Renovation, Cocktail Bar & Tasting Menu
Scratch Bar & Kitchen has unveiled a transformed dining room, newly designed cocktail bar and progressive tasting menu experience. For Scratch Bar & Kitchen 2.0, chef-owners Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee offer a 20-plus-course, $145 per person tasting menu that includes dishes like wild mushroom meringue with truffled chanterelle mousse and absinthe-cured foie gras; diced jellyfish with soy, ponzu, yuzu kosho and black truffle; and desserts by Kallas-Lee highlighting a cheese course of Triple-Crème Camembert Iced Cream drizzled with smoked honey. Liquid courses showcase classic distillation techniques utilizing double-globe glass infusers and vacuum siphons, while an eclectically expanded wine list curated by sommelier Gavin Humes emphasizes small-production vintners from California and hard-to-find bottles from around the globe. Tailored beverage options range from a $125 Grand Tasting featuring bespoke cocktails, beers, spirits and wine to a lighter $85 pairing. Scratch Bar & Kitchen, Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, 818-646-6085.


Randy Clement (Silverlake Wine, Everson Royce Bar), Matt Molina (Everson Royce Bar, ex-Mozza) and Nancy Silverton (Mozza) have teamed up on Triple Beam Pizza, a Roman-style pizza joint in Highland Park. Triple Beam Pizza, 5916 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.


Chef Diego Hernández’s first LA restaurant, Verlaine, has closed. Regular service has ended but the restaurant may remain open for private events. Verlaine, 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, no phone.
Phillip Frankland Lee has closed Woodland Hills eatery Frankland Crab & Co. to expand his Scratch Bar 2.0 project, but the "seafood shack" will reopen later this year at the Westfield Topanga mall. Frankland Crab & Co., Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., #250, Encino, CA 91436, no phone.
After more than three decades, West Hollywood’s celebrity haunt Madeo closed on March 11. Rumor has it the popular Italian restaurant may reopen again in a new location in the near future. Madeo, 8897 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, no phone.
Chef Eric Greenspan’s lively modern kosher spot on Beverly Boulevard, Fleishik’s, has sadly closed. No news yet on the space’s next incarnation. Look for Greenspan’s newest Chino-Latino delivery-only sandwiches (including orange chicken burritos and carnitas banh mi) from Chino, available on Uber Eats and Postmates. Fleishik’s Sandwiches, Nosh & Whiskey, 7563 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
The flagship of Rick Bayless’ popular Mexican eatery Red O has closed. The Santa Monica, Newport Beach and La Jolla locations remain open. Red O, 8155 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, no phone.
The Santa Monica Pier’s three-story Italian restaurant Ristorante Al Mare has closed, and will transform into Seaside On The Pier. Ristorante Al Mare, Santa Monica Pier, 250 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
Tom Bergin’s Tavern is preparing for what might be its last St. Patrick’s Day Tom Bergin’s Tavern has announced it will be limiting opening hours in preparation for its "farewell" St. Patrick's Day. Tom Bergin’s Tavern, 840 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-936-7151.
Bouchon in Beverly Hills closed at the end of 2017 Thomas Keller's Bouchon in Beverly Hills closed at the end of 2017, along with Bouchon Bakery and Bar Bouchon. Bouchon also has locations in Las Vegas and Yountville, CA. Bouchon, Garden Building, 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.

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