Los Angeles Restaurant News
Look for The Rosy Oyster, a seasonal poolside pop-up bar at The Hollywood Roosevelt, opening May 1, 2017. Model/sommelier and ex-New Yorker Lelañea Fulton (Dirty French, Megu) curates a hip wine list for what’s sure to be a hot destination this summer just off the hotel’s Tropicana pool. The extensive rosé program offers ten rosé wines by the glass as well as high acid whites, playful reds, a sharp focus on grower Champagne, and “fun orange wine,” vermouth and sherry. Wines will be paired with a fresh, rotating selection of oysters. The Rosy Oyster, The Hollywood Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-856-1970.
The former Jerry’s Deli space in West Hollywood is now home to Granville. The expansive restaurant offers skylights, a generous bar and a patio. Look for American classics like burgers, club sandwiches, big salads, steaks, fish and pastas, as well as lighter California fare such as roasted beets, a “paleo plate,” a poke or poblano quinoa bowl, and yuzu lemon mousse. Granville, 8701 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 424-522-5161.
Authentic Neapolitan-style pizza has arrived in Brentwood, courtesy of at Pizzana on San Vicente Boulevard. Chef Daniele Uditi hails from Naples, so expect traditional pies from an Italian wood-burning oven. Co-owner Candace Nelson (Sprinkles Cupcakes) is in charge of desserts. Look for beer and wine, too. http://pizzana.com/. Pizzana, 11712 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-481-7108.
Chef Kyle Schutte’s new restaurant The Flats has opened in Beverly Hills in the former Red Medicine space, offering small plates, flatbreads and salads with a contemporary twist. The former “Cutthroat Kitchen” star creates dishes like goat cheese and thyme polenta with roasted mushroom consommé, fennel, tomato kimchi and sorrel; panzanella salad with cornbread, fennel, citrus and a white honey-peach vinegar sorbet; and duck confit flatbread with caramelized red onion, red wine pudding, toasted caraway, herbed goat cheese, pickled red cabbage and baby herbs. The Flats, 8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-909-7549.
French pastry chef Dominique Ansel, chef/owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery and Dominique Ansel Kitchen, announced he'll be opening a bakery and full-service restaurant at The Grove in Los Angeles. (The name has not yet been confirmed.) Patrons routinely line up for his famous invention the "Cronut," a half croissant-half doughnut. However, this project will also feature savory options and a full bar program. It will also be the first of his restaurants to serve brunch. Look for a Fall 2017 opening. For more information, visit the official website.
Felix, the Italian restaurant from chef Evan Funke (formerly of Bucato), makes its debut in Venice. Expect house-made pastas, wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and other seasonal Italian specialties. Felix, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 424-387-8622.
Washington, D.C. import Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken has set up shop in downtown Los Angeles. The uniquely flavored treats include crème brûlée and PB&J. The genius, though, is turning a savory doughnut into a fried chicken sandwich. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, 516 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-622-7876.
Blu Jam Café will reportedly open its fifth U.S. location, this one in DTLA’s Spring Arcade Building in the former BierBeisl Imbiss space, in summer 2017. Look for its famous brunches with luxe Benedicts, omelets and pancakes, and blues music accompaniment. Blu Jam Café, Spring Arcade Building, 541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
Matthew Kaner (Covell) will open a new, not-yet-named wine bar in Atwater Village in the Ozu East Kitchen space. Look for curated wines and wine country cuisine from around the globe for dinner and brunch.
Husband-and-wife team Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee partnered with mixologist Devon Espinosa on Woodley Proper, a cocktail lounge sharing the same complex in Encino as Scratch Bar & Kitchen. Woodley Proper, Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, 818-906-9775.
Chef Raphael Lunetta (JiRaffe) has opened his new eponymous restaurant Lunetta All Day on Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica. The “modern neighborhood diner” has an all-day menu with items like a savory grain bowl of wheat berries, freekeh, farro, marinated greens, blistered red onions, lemon-herb vinaigrette, pepita romesco and poached egg; a vanilla bulgar and freekeh porridge topped with blueberries, turbinado, pecans and caramelized bananas; and salads and sandwiches. At dinnertime, look for pasilla negro-rubbed grilled carnitas, rotisserie small-eye prime rib or fried Jidori chicken. Lunetta, a more formal dining room located next door, will open in May 2017 serving seasonal California fare. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Lunetta All Day, 2420 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-581-4201.
CREAM (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me) has opened a location in North Hollywood. The chain is known for handcrafted ice cream sandwich combinations using warm, freshly baked cookies or other confections such as brownies, waffles or do’sants. Expect flavors ranging from banana walnut fudge to cin-ful churro, salted caramel and soy blueberry. Also find gluten-free and vegan cookie sandwiches. Open daily. CREAM, 11135 Magnolia Blvd., Ste. 170, North Hollywood, CA 91601, 818-993-1759.
Jane Q and Ever Bar will open in May 2017 in the new Kimpton Everly Hotel in Hollywood. The restaurant and bar will offer seasonal specialties from executive chef Bryan Podgorski and chef de cuisine Jason Hall. Expect specialty drip and espresso coffee from LAMILL and farmers market breakfasts, unique shared plates, hearth-fired entrées and luxe desserts. Jane Q and Ever Bar, Kimpton Everly Hotel, 1800 Argyle Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028, 213-279-3534.
Baja California’s renowned chef Diego Hernandez (Corazon de Tierra) has opened Verlaine. This contemporary Mexican restaurant is located in West Hollywood in the former Dominick’s space on Beverly Boulevard. Verlaine, 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 424-288-4621.
TAO Group and celebrity chef Chris Santos have opened 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 has also launched a branch of Asian bistro TAO. Beauty & Essex, 1615 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-676-8880.
Glendale now boasts its own bright and airy Eggslut on Brand Boulevard, across from The Americana at Brand. At this third LA-area location, look for the same popular menu that features a coddled egg on potato purée in a glass jar with chives and gray salt; bacon, egg and cheese on a warm brioche bun; and a ground Angus cheeseburger with caramelized onions. Also expect cold brew coffee and the long lines that are found at the DTLA and Venice stores. Eggslut, 252 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91204, 818-484-5911.
Chef Ricardo Zarate has opened Mamacita, a fast-casual spot on the fourth level of the Hollywood & Highland mall. Look for specialty quinoa bowls with skirt steak, free-range chicken, gochujang portobellos, short ribs and Peruvian poke ceviche. To drink, there’s purple corn chicha with pineapple, cinnamon and lime, strawberry horchata, or passion fruit juice with chia and mint. Mamacita, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., #418, Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-698-1100.
Umeda has opened on Melrose Avenue, offering Japanese cuisine, sushi and sashimi. Also available are wine and Champagne, beer, cocktails and saké. The space includes an open kitchen. Umeda, 6623 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-965-8010.
Mama Lion, the new, swank restaurant from chef Michael Hung (formerly of Viviane and Faith & Flower), will open in Koreatown on Western Avenue and Sixth Street, near the Wiltern Theater. Look for a contemporary menu and elevated cocktails by Aidan Demarest (The Spare Room, Seven Grand). Mama Lion, 601 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005, 213-377-5277.
Patina Restaurant Group has opened The BoardRoom, situated under the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and adjacent to Kendall's Brasserie & Bar. It’s a lounge with cocktails, bar bites and live music, and a sultry, dim-lit 40’s décor that hearkens back to post-war France. The BoardRoom, Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-972-8556.
Tower 12 is the new beach-town casual kitchen and bar from chef Brendan Collins (Birch). The space features vintage relics, furnishings and artwork that reflect the neighborhood’s laid-back surf and beach culture and history. A California-inspired menu looks to update American classics including shareable bar bites, wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, salads and entrées. Located on a second story deck with ocean views, the restaurant has a wraparound, wooden outdoor balcony. Tower 12, Hermosa Pier, 53 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, 310-379-6400.
In Hollywood, Beso has flipped into Viva Hollywood, dishing up Mexican fare in newly revamped, glamorous surroundings. Chef Raymond Alvarez will turn out the likes of ceviche tostadas, steamed clams with Spanish chorizo, upscale tacos and mains such as seabass Veracruzana, chicken mole, turkey chile relleno and smoked chimichurri skirt steak. A cocktail menu, courtesy of Erik Weatherford, includes the “Afterglow” made with earl grey-infused Botanist gin, lime, lavender and rosemary. Dinner Tues-Sat. Viva Hollywood, 6350 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-467-1350.
Chef Eric Greenspan opened a new kosher Jewish eatery, Fleishik’s Sandwiches, Nosh & Whiskey, on Beverly Boulevard. Look for traditional Jewish cooking, both deli and homestyle, including brisket, kugel, salads and pastrami sandwiches. Fleishik’s Sandwiches, Nosh & Whiskey, 7563 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-746-5750.
Portland cult bakery shop Voodoo Doughnut has opened at Universal CityWalk, 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. Voodoo Doughnut, Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, no phone.
Chef-owner Aaron Robins has opened SOCA in Sherman Oaks. Expect raw bar offerings and globally inspired fare, such as Basque-style pickled beef tongue with grilled bread salad. SOCA, 14015 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818-789-1985.
Double Take has debuted as part of Hotel Palomar's $12 million, property-wide renovation. The restaurant merges raw, repurposed materials from old Hollywood soundstages with abstract artwork and dramatic hanging light fixtures. Executive chef Bryan Podgorski (Bouchon Las Vegas) is at the helm, offering an American menu that includes deviled eggs with Maine lobster and young celery leaf, Hass avocado “fries” with spiced-lime aïoli, and pan-roasted salmon with delicata squash, tokyo turnips, collard greens and sauce soubise. Breakfast & Dinner daily. Double Take, 10740 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-475-8711, 800-472-8556.
In Pasadena, The Stand has opened its sixth location across from The Pasadena Playhouse. The menu features custom-made American fare of sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs, as well as specialties like the Southwest grilled chicken salad and sesame kale salad. A seasonal dessert is the Stand custard cobbler, topped with frozen Wisconsin vanilla custard. Look for a selection of wines and six draft beers on tap, including the signature Stand Blonde Ale. Lunch & Dinner daily. The Stand, 36 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-714-7117.
Copenhagen-based brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and business partner Chuck Stilphen have already delivered ambitious taprooms/restaurants to cities like Reykjavik, San Francisco and Seoul. The duo took over a 100-year-old, 7,600-square-foot building in downtown L.A. to open Mikkeller Bar. Mikkeller Bar, 330 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-596-9005.
Friends & Family Hospitality (Horse Thief BBQ, Café Birdie) have opened the Sunset Junction-adjacent Bar Angeles. Look for a menu of seasonal casual plates from chef Joey Booterbaugh (Café Birdie) and a fairly serious cocktail list alongside craft beers and wine. Bar Angeles, 4330 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-741-8371.
Sherman Oaks now has its very own chicken and waffles experience at Donny’s Breakfast Spot on Ventura Boulevard. Expect generous breakfast plates with many Southern comfort food iterations of fried chicken with waffles, eggs and pancakes, as well as catfish, salmon croquettes, omelets and burgers. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Donny's Breakfast Spot, 13701 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818-510-0686.
Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen has opened in North Hollywood, serving authentic vegan Cajun food made by chef/owner Kristen “Krimsey” Ramsey, a native of Baton Rouge. All items are 100 percent free of cholesterol, soy, nuts, dairy, meat and eggs. Look for dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boys, hushpuppies and beignets. Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen, 12906 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606, 818-308-6166.
In Spring 2017, chef Jordan Kahn (Red Medicine) will open Vespertine, a fine dining destination in Culver City’s Hayden Tract across from his current breakfast/lunch spot, Destroyer. Collaborating with the new building’s architect, Eric Owen Moss, Kahn is inspired by ideas of architecture and the music of John Cage in his upcoming tasting menu that will be priced at $250 per person. Vespertine, 3599 Hayden Ave., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
A new location of Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT) has opened in Santa Monica. Expect regional American cuisine with an artisanal touch for lunch, brunch and dinner. Featured dishes include whiskey shrimp; sirloin & black bean chili; the Cowboy burger with onion fritters, bacon and cheddar; fried chicken; baby-back ribs and grilled rib-eye. Also find a wide selection of beer in bottles and on tap, wine and cocktails like the Cucumber Cooler and Gin Gin Mule. Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, 1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 424-292-5222.
Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine has opened on La Cienega Boulevard offering signature, house-special mixed grills, mezze and kebabs. After dinner look for hookah, mint tea and an array of desserts including baklava, osmalieh and ishtah with honey. Lunch & Dinner daily. Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine, 1663 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 310-276-2747.
The first American outpost of Chengdu Impression has opened in Arcadia, bringing authentic Sichuan cuisine and an expansive, airy, modern dining room to Angelenos. This 37th branch of the restaurant features six chefs straight from Chengdu, China. Look for a $45, 11-course Chef’s Tasting Meal that includes mapo tofu, wheat buns with spicy beef, chicken with Sichuan green peppercorn sauce and the signature eight-hour pork belly. Upstairs is a special Sichuan tea room. Lunch & Dinner daily. Chengdu Impression, 21 E. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91006, no phone.
Wanderlust Creamery will open in spring 2017 in Atwater Village. Expect gourmet, handcrafted ice cream nodding to global palates in cones and cups. Flavors will range from seasonal (mascarpone + blueberry elderflower, apple wasabi sorbet, violet marshmallow) to signature, like sticky rice + mango, ube malted crunch, honey lavender and Earl Grey. Coffee and tea will also be offered. Wanderlust Creamery, 3134 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, no phone.
Bacari GDL has opened in Glendale at The Americana at Brand. Look for fire-roasted and Mediterranean dishes from executive chef/owner Lior Hillel. Small plates range from oxtail with doah spice, toasted buckwheat and shaved radish to banana prawns with pipel chuma, farro and parsley salad. Handcrafted pastas and pizzas include the likes of foie gras Cresto de Gallo pasta with shaved terrine, onion jam, house-made ricotta, chervil and bacon, and double cream Brie pizza with organic tomato sauce and fresh jalapeño. Expect craft cocktails alongside a curated selection of beer and wine. This is the third location of the Venetian tavern concept; the others are Bacari PDR and Bacaro L.A. Lunch & Dinner daily. Bacari GDL, The Americana at Brand, 757 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210, 818-696-1460.
The folks behind Peruvian favorite Los Balcones in Hollywood have opened The Parker Room in the former space of Chavela Comida y Sangria. This cozy cocktail lounge pays tribute to the site's history as a jazz club where legends like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis once played. The Parker Room, 1358 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-745-0041.
Farmer Boys has opened on Hollywood Boulevard, offering high-quality made-to-order burgers, salads and hearty breakfasts. The fast-casual franchise, which sources many ingredients from local farmers, is growing throughout California and Nevada. This airy, modern eatery offers up several new cult-favorite burgers for Hollywood locals --- particularly the “Farmer’s Burger”: two beef patties topped with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato and fresh guacamole. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Farmer Boys, 5519 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-466-0073.
Drink Houz is a new wellness-inspired café in Westlake (near Silver Lake) featuring a seasonal menu of mostly vegan and vegetarian offerings. Look for salads like the winter special with quinoa, kale, butternut squash and rosemary maple dressing; bowls with creamy polenta, pesto and runny egg; and sandwiches such as a green melt with roasted radicchio, pear, spinach and Havarti. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Drink Houz, 3231 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-378-0529.
Restaurateur Stéphane Bombet (Faith & Flower, Hanjip) and chef Scott Conant (Scarpetta) have opened The Ponte, a modern Italian restaurant in the former space of Terrine. Conant's famous spaghetti pomodoro is, of course, on the menu, alongside charcuterie, antipasti, wood-fired pizzas and dishes like roasted lamb neck with raisins, smoked eggplant, goat cheese and pine nut crumble. The Ponte, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
“Top Chef” alum Chris Crary (HYDE Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails) will open the lobby restaurant Farmspoke at the upcoming The James West Hollywood–Sunset on the Sunset Strip. Look for elegantly casual, seasonally-driven California fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner in an airy, blond dining room with views for miles. The hotel will open in early 2017. Farmspoke, The James West Hollywood–Sunset, 8490 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 877-578-3215.
Bone Kettle brings the flavors of Southeast Asia to Pasadena. Chef Erwin Tjahyadi’s (Komodo) long-simmering soup recipe uses beef tendon, knuckles and marrow along with spices, and cooks for 36 hours. It’s served with Temoni ramen noodles, condiments, vegetables and choices of oxtail, pork belly, chicken breast and brisket. Other dishes from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore include gado gado, fried chicken and warm cassava cake with avocado ice cream and coconut. Bone Kettle, 67 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103, 626-795-5702.
Chef Phillip Frankland Lee (Scratch Bar & Kitchen) will open Frankland's Crab & Co. in the space that was intended for Oh Man! Ramen. Frankland's Crab & Co., Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., #250, Encino, CA 91436, no phone.
Restaurateur Adam Fleischman and chef Kiyoshiro Yamamoto (The Hump) have launched Ramen Roll in Culver City in the former Picnic LA space. Expect ramen and sushi hand rolls. Ramen Roll, 9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-426-8926.
Disneyland has unveiled an exclusive new dining experience within the park. At 21 Royal, located in New Orleans Square (upstairs from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction), guests will enjoy a customized tasting menu in an elegant private dining room, as well as a cocktail reception and other VIP treatment. The all-inclusive price rings in at $15,000 for a party of up to 12 people. 21 Royal, Disneyland, 1313 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802, 714-300-7749.
Hollywood mourned the loss of its beloved The Cat & Fiddle, but the restaurant will re-emerge in spring 2017 on Highland Avenue in Susan Feniger’s former Mud Hen Tavern space. The Cat & Fiddle, 742 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
Making the jump from NYC, chef/restaurateur April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin Bar & Dining Room) and business partner Ken Friedman will reportedly open a yet-unnamed restaurant in spring 2017 in the former The Cat & Fiddle location on Sunset Boulevard. Look for a revamped space (and patio) and a possibly Middle Eastern-leaning menu.
French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will open his first California restaurant, Jean-Georges, at the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills in June 2017. Vongerichten will oversee two eateries at the luxury hotel --- a fine-dining restaurant on the ground floor and a casual restaurant/bar situated on the 13th-story rooftop pool. He has noted that the cuisine will be French-inspired farm-to-table, with California, pan-Asian and Latin influences. Jean-Georges, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-860-6666.
Vito’s Pizza has opened a Westside location on Santa Monica Boulevard. Expect owner Vito DiDonato’s same fine, traditional East Coast pizza, alongside offerings like sausage and meatball subs, Caesar salad and cannoli. There’s craft beer in cans, some wine, and a cocktail list that includes a Manhattan, Moscow Mule and daiquiri. Vito's Pizza Santa Monica, 2455 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404, 310-884-5900.
Bardonna has opened a third location, Bardonna Silver Lake, on a hipster stretch of eastside Sunset Boulevard. For all-day breakfast find an English muffin with beer braised kale, fried egg and thick cut bacon; a huevos rancheros bowl with feta cheese and fermented chili; shakshuka; truffled avocado toast; and braised short rib beef hash. Lunch offerings include soups, salads and sandwiches. Expect a super long list of finer coffees, teas and house-made nut milks and kombucha. Bardonna Silver Lake, 3206 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-522-6741.
Mexican chef Maycoll Calderon (Huset) will open his first U.S. restaurant, Tintorera, in Silver Lake in the former Cowboys & Turbans space. Expect a summer 2017 opening with cutting-edge, contemporary Mexican fare and cocktails to match on a revamped, leafy garden patio. Tintorera, 2815 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
Restaurateur George Abou-Daoud’s (Delancey, The Bowery) latest venture is the modernist Middle Eastern restaurant Farida on Sunset Boulevard. Look for contemporary and traditional interpretations of regional Middle Eastern cuisine, with dishes like Mountain Prep Lamb Awarma, which follows a traditional mountainside preparation process and is served alongside hummus bi tahini, a nut and fig medley, lamb cracklings and a soft egg. Farida, 6266 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-498-5100.
Celebrated San Francisco chef Charles Phan is opening an outpost of The Slanted Door in the City Market South in DTLA. Expect a sprawling space and a modern, upscale Vietnamese menu similar to the SF flagship, with a raw bar and dishes like Gulf shrimp spring rolls, daikon rice cakes, heirloom melon salad and grilled lemongrass rib-eye steak. The Slanted Door, 1124 San Julian St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
New Cocktails at Faith & Flower
Faith & Flower has a new spring drinks menu from new bar manager Adam Fournier (Areal) and director of bar programs Ryan Wainwright. It features spirit-focused classics and an “Awards Tour.” Look for “English Milk Punch” and “Siren’s Song” (Edinburgh Seaside gin, nori-infused dry vermouth, pink Himalayan saline and house pickled sea beans). Fournier will also bring Whiskey Wednesdays to Faith & Flower, during which he will open a discussion on one specific bottle each week including small batch, rare and vintage varieties. Faith & Flower, Watermarke Tower, 705 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-239-0642.
What's Next for Chef Ben Ford
The Branstetter Group hospitality company has partnered with chef Ben Ford to launch a fast-casual chicken concept and also grow Ford’s Filling Station. The chef and his wife/business partner envision a modern day “roadside” chicken concept inspired by the American chicken shacks with locations along the highway. Look for a classic menu of high-quality chicken, sandwiches, crinkle-cut fries, shakes, seasonal fruit hand pies, beer, wine and more. The flagship outpost will be announced shortly.
Wednesday ICHIBA Tasting Menu at Hinoki & the Bird
At Hinoki & the Bird, chef Brandon Kida’s new ICHIBA tasting menu is available every Wednesday night. (“Ichiba” means “market” in Japanese.) The five-course menu is created with in-season ingredients the chef picks out at the Santa Monica Farmers Market that morning. Hinoki & the Bird, The Century, 10 W. Century Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 310-552-1200.
New Sunday Brunch Announced at The Mar Vista
On the Westside, The Mar Vista launches Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Signature morning dishes from the culinary team of D. Brandon Walker, Jill Davie and Jorge Rivas include an egg hot pot with applewood smoked bacon; a cured salmon loaded potato; and goat cheese chilaquiles (with a vegan alternative available). Popular dinner items --- Fontina bacon crab melt and mushroom fundido --- are reinterpreted as brunch items served atop English muffins. Also find house sangrías and mimosas. The Mar Vista, 12249 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-751-6773.
Chef Scott Conant Debuts Weekend Italian Brunch at The Ponte
On Beverly Boulevard, The Ponte has launched weekend brunch, available Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Specialties include polenta and eggs with sauce puttanesca; a Benedict with poached eggs, prosciutto, tomato hollandaise and mixed greens; and spelt pancakes with espresso syrup and whipped ricotta. Head bartender Ryan Wainwright’s menu of cocktails includes the “Rabarbaro Spritz” with Zucca Rabarbaro (a rhubarb-inflected amaro), Vergano Chinato, Monopolowa Vodka, Dimmi liqueur, lemon juice, Sorelle Branca Prosecco and club soda. The Ponte, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
Chef de Cuisine Mirko Paderno’s New Northern Italian Fare at Vinoteca
At Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, chef de cuisine Mirko Paderno has revamped the menu at casual espresso/wine bar Vinoteca with Northern Italian delicacies ranging from handpicked, imported salumi and cheeses to small plates, pastas and desserts. Some highlights include a savory pizzette with Parmigiano, truffle honey, arugula and smoked mozzarella; fresh, handmade gnocchi with short rib sugo; tuna tartare with quail egg, watercress and Pecorino; and Raviolacci al Pomodoro, a ricotta-stuffed egg pasta with Parmigiano, San Marzano tomatoes and basil crumbles. The space shifts from espresso bar to wine bar at 11 a.m. daily. Vinoteca, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-273-2222.
Lodge Bread Co. Expands Space, Hours and Menu
In Culver City, Lodge Bread Co. has expanded into the next-door space and now offers an all-day menu in a nearly 2,000-square-foot venue designed by Omgivning Architects. Look for new dishes including gourmet pizza (sweet pea/burrata/Parmigiano/tomato and black kale/garlic/goat cheese are two examples) and mains like shakshuka, soft greens with goat feta and fennel confit, and melted tartine with spicy pickles. There’s a beer and wine list, too. Lodge Bread Co., 11918 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 424-384-5097.
Happy Hour Goes to the Dogs at Golden Road Brewing
Golden Road Brewing has announced its new Wolf Pack Puppy Hours in partnership with Wags & Walks and Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners (LARPBO). Every Monday-Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. the brewery will offer half-off select appetizers for attendees of the human variety and a $5 puppy chow (made fresh in-house) for four-legged friends. One dollar of each puppy chow purchase will be donated to LARPBO; enjoy a pint of SPCA-OC (a dry hopped pale ale) and another $1 will go to the Orange County SPCA. In the market for a furry friend? An adoptable dog from Wags & Walks will be featured every month. Golden Road Brewing, 5410 W. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 213-373-4677.
Yamashiro Announces New Late Night Happy Hour
Yamashiro in Hollywood is debuting a new late night happy hour --- the "Lucky 7" --- offering handcrafted cocktails, sushi and light Asian-fusion dishes all priced at $7 each. This special menu is available in the restaurant's indoor lounge Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to closing. Bites range from ahi poke, crispy chicken and salt and pepper fried calamari to banana leaf baked pork spring rolls. Sushi lovers can enjoy selections including truffle hamachi, spicy tuna crispy rice, pistachio salmon and the "Reclining Buddha." Specialty cocktails feature the "Japanese Slipper" and "100 Year Mai Tai," and there’s red and white wine, Prosecco and draft beer. Yamashiro, 1999 N. Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068, 323-466-5125.
The Federal Bar’s New Cocktail Hideaway
In the NoHo Arts District The Federal Bar has launched its new upstairs cocktail hideaway, “The Salon.” The cocktail menu is the brainchild of mixologist Damian Windsor (The Roger Room), offering classics and signature variations. Look for the Horse’s Neck, a version of a mule with Laird’s applejack, ginger beer, Angostura bitters and citrus oil, and the Suissesse, an old New Orleans-style cocktail that combines absinthe, crème de menthe, cream, egg white, grated almond and mint. Lush décor features velour wallpaper and brick walls, lounge seating in a library with red velvet drapes, a baby grand piano, Edison lighting and a wood bar that adjoins an island bar. Call ahead to make sure the lounge is open, since performances in the adjacent showroom sometimes take priority. Guests can generally count on cocktails Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 8 p.m. until late hours. The Salon at The Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, 818-980-2555.
The Los Angeles Times Launches Food Bowl
The Los Angeles Times has launched Food Bowl, which will celebrate L.A.’s food scene throughout the month of May and promote social awareness about food waste and hunger. From May 1-31, hundreds of events will be on the schedule via programs with restaurants, chefs, bars, coffee shops, food trucks, hotels and markets. Night Market, happening May 10-14, will bring an outdoor dining experience to Grand Park that will include 50 restaurants and food trucks, drinks and live entertainment each evening. The Times Food staff, including Jonathan Gold, will host events during the festival. The lineup of events and charity partners will be announced on April 1. Visit the official site for updates on the L.A. Times Food Bowl.
Andreas Roller has been announced as the executive chef of Patina, the flagship restaurant of Joachim Splichal's Patina Restaurant Group. Chef Roller recently helmed the kitchen at Splichal’s Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse and has demonstrated a dedication to finding top-quality ingredients from both local and global sources. Patina, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-972-3331.
After opening and helming L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino since 2005, executive chef Steve Benjamin is leaving the restaurant and moving on to launch the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7358.
Pete Manfredini is the new executive chef at Estérel restaurant at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Look for a revamped French-California menu with Mediterranean influences and seasonal specialties at the Sofitel’s signature restaurant. Estérel, Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 8555 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310-358-3979.
Former "Top Chef" contestant Nyesha Arrington announced via Facebook that she is cutting ties with her Venice restaurant, Leona. Leona, 123 W. Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-822-5379.
Brunch fave Doughboys has closed on West Third Street due to rising costs, but the owners hope to resurrect some of the restaurant’s popular items in an upcoming “Doughboys on the Run” concept. Doughboys, 8136 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
Atwater’s charming Asian spot Ozu East Kitchen will end dinner service April 1, 2017, and offer suppers and pop-ups through April 30. A wine bar from Matthew Kaner will move into the space. Ozu East Kitchen, 3224 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-284-8773.
Eva Longoria’s swank Hollywood restaurant Beso has closed after nearly a decade. The space is now filled by the new Mexican concept Viva Hollywood. Beso, 6350 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, no phone.
After 62 years, the iconic Trader Vic’s has sadly said aloha at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. The space will be revamped into a new, yet unannounced, concept. There are still 18 other Trader Vic’s locations around the world to visit, though the closest one to LA is in Emeryville, Calif. Trader Vic's, The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
Spanish-styled Bar Moruno closed at the Grand Central Market on February 26, 2017. Bar Moruno, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
Atwater Village is losing longtime favorite Canelé later in spring 2017 due to rising rents. It’s reported that Gjelina duo David Wilcox and Guy Tabibian will open their restaurant Journeymen in the space, focusing on seasonal vegetable dishes. Canelé, 3219 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-666-7133.
Eagle Rock’s beloved brunch and bakery spot, Auntie Em’s Kitchen, closed after 15 years. Owner Terri Wahl will focus exclusively on her catering business, The Spotted Hen Catering, and teaching cooking classes in South Pasadena at Urban Kitchen. Auntie Em's Kitchen, 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041, 323-255-0800.
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