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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

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.
 
Hollywood’s stylish new Emerson College building on Sunset is host to restaurateur George Abou-Daoud’s latest casual spot, Common Project. Look for American bistro fare from chef Leo Bongarra, including a sirloin burger, salmon Niçoise salad, wild mushroom mac and cheese, meatloaf with mashed potatoes and steak frites, served in an airy, modern dining room. Common Project, 5960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-952-6243.
 
Making the jump from NYC, chef/restaurateur April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin Bar & Dining Room) has opened Hearth & Hound in the former The Cat & Fiddle location on Sunset Boulevard. Hearth & Hound, 6530 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-320-4022.
 
Look for an early 2018 debut of David Chang’s (Momofuku) nearly completed LA restaurant called Majordomo in north Chinatown. Expect Chang’s signature Momofuku stylings on dishes like seasonal braised vegetables and short rib and a focus on other meats from the smoker. Majordomo, 1725 Naud St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
 
LA dumpling lovers may soon have to go only as far east as Highland Park for their fix, as San Gabriel’s Luscious Dumpling Group will open Mason’s Dumpling Shop on Figueroa Street sometime after New Year’s. Look for the likes of steamed soup dumplings, pan-fried pork dumplings and boiled chive dumplings as well as stewed beef and pork belly noodles and combos. Mason's Dumpling Shop, 5803 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
 
Restaurateurs Anne Conness and Nancy Vrankovic (Sausal) will open Jaffa early next year in the former Blue Plate Oysterette space on West Third Street. Look for seasonal, modern Israeli cuisine with a focus on dishes like zeitgeist-driven roasted cauliflower, grilled eggplant with pomegranate, house-made hummus and salads. Jaffa, 8048 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
 
Chef Kris Yenbamroong’s newest outpost of Night + Market will open this winter on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice. Night + Market Sahm will offer grilled and spicy Thai fare from a menu similar to the ones at the WeHo and Silver Lake locations. Night + Market Sahm, 2533 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
 
San Francisco restaurant Saison is expanding with Angler in Los Angeles San Francisco restaurant Saison is expanding with a new, seafood-focused concept, Angler, which will open first  in the Bay Area and later in Los Angeles. In LA, the raw bar and grill will open in Fall 2018 at the Beverly Center (joining Michael Mina's Cal Mare). Angler, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
 
Chef Casey Lane will be helming the stoves at the upcoming Viale Dei Romani trattoria in West Hollywood’s Kimpton La Peer Hotel. Look for an opening in early 2018. The focus will be on wood-fired coastal seafood, market vegetables, a raw bar and handmade pastas.
 
Actor Danny Trejo has opened another namesake restaurant, this time in Woodland Hills. At the new Trejo’s Cantina look for a menu similar to that of the Hollywood and Pasadena locations, with the likes of steak nachos, red chimichurri Brussels sprouts, a wet surf ‘n’ turf burrito with shrimp and steak, chile relleno, carnitas burrito and blackened salmon taco. Mexican beer and a variety of margaritas round things out. Lunch & Dinner daily. Trejo’s Cantina, 21550 Oxnard St., Ste. 125, Woodland Hills, CA 91367, 818-805-3275.
 
The third location of Cleo opened on December 2, 2017, on West Third Street in The Orlando Hotel. In a sprawling space with Middle Eastern design and a large patio, chef Danny Elmaleh offers a sophisticated Mediterranean menu. Expect shareable mezze like crispy artichoke hummus, grilled octopus, harissa tuna tartare and spicy cigars alongside duck matzo ball soup, Moroccan lamb, saffron chicken and seared branzino. Dinner nightly. Cleo, The Orlando Hotel, 8384 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-579-1600.
 
Chef Michael Hung (Mama Lion) has opened XO, a restaurant and marketplace, on Beverly Boulevard. Expect a bright, modern industrial space with red metal chairs and black banquettes, and cases with gourmet to-go salads, sandwiches and other dishes, as well as beer and wine. Look for a Cal-Asian menu with the likes of Burmese salad, chicken and black soy stuffed wontons, roasted pork belly banh mi and lemongrass Jidori chicken. XO, 7475 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-903-0016.
 
Highland Park welcomes Côté Est, a smart French neighborhood bistro from Eastside restaurateurs Claudio and Adria Blotta, in the former 51 Tavern space on York Boulevard. The lofty wood-beamed dining room has romantic lighting and a long bar, and a patio is out back. The menu from executive chef Alex Ageneau includes steak tartare with smoked beets, escargot, seared foie gras tartine with quince, fried skate wing, duck confit, and cheese and charcuterie. Dinner nightly. Côté Est, 5022 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-739-6762.
 
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is set to debut inside the reimagined Beverly Center mall in Spring 2018. As with its other locations in Miami Beach, Las Vegas and Singapore, the classic Southern cooking will include chicken ‘n’ watermelon ‘n’ waffles, deviled eggs, and house-made buttermilk biscuits. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
 
Boyle Heights welcomes X’tiosu Kitchen offering Mexican and Middle Eastern flavors billed as “Oaxacan Arabesque.” Look for specialties such as chicken shawarma tacos, pita burritos with beef kabob or falafel, Oaxacan hummus, nopales tabbouleh and fried cauliflower. Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat. X’tiosu Kitchen, 923 Forest Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033, 323-526-8844.
 
In Manhattan Beach, two Parisian restaurateurs have opened the charming Les P’Tits Bretons, offering traditional cuisine from Brittany, France, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Look for croque madames, crêpes, a buckwheat galette and omelets earlier in the day, and lobster bisque with Cognac, cream and tarragon, Brittany sardines, roasted Camembert, and duck breast with fig sauce for dinner. Expect a French wine list. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun. Les P'Tits Bretons, 2201 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 424-350-7890.
 
Little Ruby has debuted in Santa Monica. The folks behind Eveleigh and Goldie’s have created a beachy café with a patio out front and a bright, whitewashed interior offset with touches of marble, teak and brass. The menu offers fresh, seasonal dishes inspired by the kitchen’s new beachside home. Chef/partner Thomas Lim (Goldie’s LA) creates a variety of salads, pastas and burgers, alongside signature specialties like the cauli rice bowl and sticky date pudding. Breakfast brings ricotta hotcakes, green eggs and banana bread with passionfruit butter. Expect Australian beer and wine, as well as spritz style cocktails. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Little Ruby, 109 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 424-322-8353.
 
Restaurateur Adolfo Suaya has partnered with son Kelian Suaya and Darren Crane (Crane's Bar) to open Paloma Hollywood, a tequileria on Hollywood Boulevard located in the former Osaka space. Look for a selection of nearly 200 tequilas and mezcals including Bozal Tobasiche, which features a wild agave that needs twelve to thirteen years to fully mature. Expect craft cocktails and a menu highlighting chicken tinga tacos in adobo sauce with sour cream, a filet mignon burrito de lomo, and the vegetarian ensalada de la casa. Paloma also serves 12 craft beers on tap like those from local Frogtown Brewery and Santa Monica Brew Works. Dinner nightly. Paloma Hollywood, 6327 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-498-5874.
 
Chef-restaurateur Michael Mina has opened Cal Mare at the Beverly Center Chef-restaurateur Michael Mina has opened Cal Mare at the Beverly Center. Italy’s coast and California inspire the restaurant, and the menu highlights local ingredients. Cal Mare, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 424-332-4595.
 
The former SMYC location in Santa Monica has been reborn as Native, a restaurant from "Top Chef" alum Nyesha Arrington (formerly of Leona). Native, 620 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-458-4427.
 
Eataly in Los Angeles is open at Westfield Century City The successful Italian market and food court, Eataly, has opened to Los Angeles. The massive location at the Westfield Century City mall features countless counters for snacking, plenty of shopping and three restaurants. Eataly, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 213-310-8000.
 
189 by Dominique Ansel has opened at The Grove in Los Angeles French pastry chef Dominique Ansel, chef/owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery and Dominique Ansel Kitchen in New York, has opened 189 by Dominique Ansel, a bakery and full-service restaurant at The Grove in Los Angeles. Patrons routinely line up for his famous invention the "Cronut," a half croissant-half doughnut. However, this project also features savory options and a full bar program. 189 by Dominique Ansel, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-978-5545.
 
Oriel is a stylish and sophisticated new wine bar in Chinatown. Look for a French bistro menu from chef Evan Algorri (Bouley NYC) with French onion soup, potato gratin with parsnip and chard, bone marrow with capers and shallots, escargots, steak tartare, a croque monsieur and loup de mer meunière. There are also cheese and charcuterie selections to graze on, along with a smart, all-French wine list and several draught beers and ciders. Dinner nightly. Oriel, 1135 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-253-9419.
 
Twohey’s Tavern in Pasadena is an elegantly industrial new sibling to popular longtime Alhambra restaurant Twohey’s. Chef Travis Limoge will offer a modern interpretation of Twohey’s original 1940s menu that includes Santa Barbara black cod with charred fennel; a Prime Spencer steak with roasted turnips; fried chicken; and a specialty burger called the “Stinko 2.0” sporting caramelized onion and garlic aïoli. Twohey's Tavern, 2835 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107, 626-449-2337.
 
In DTLA chef Michael Cimarusti has flipped the Ace Hotel’s former restaurant LA Chapter into Best Girl, a new “neighborhood bistro.” Look for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, with the spotlight on dishes from familiar territory such as oysters, crudo and jumbo lump crabcakes, as well as more terrestrial fare of grilled Duroc pork chop, stuffed paccheri with bitter greens, and a Porterhouse for two. Best Girl, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, 927 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-235-9660.
 
Farmhouse restaurant will sprout next year on the ground floor of Beverly Center, featuring a rotating, seasonal menu created with products sourced mainly from, and focused on, Kenter Canyon Farms. Offerings will also include sustainably raised meat, and look for roasted specialties from the wood-fire oven. Farmhouse, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
 
One of Japan’s most popular izakaya chains, Harajuku Taproom, opens its first LA location in Culver City. The restaurant offers craft beer and a menu featuring a broad selection of kushiyaki (grilled skewers), gyoza, and small appetizers. Dinner nightly. Harajuku Taproom, 4410 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230, 310-398-9000.
 
Anatra has opened in the Fashion District, offering an elegant, upscale Cal-Italian menu from chef/co-owner Peyman Rasi (The Raymond, Locanda Veneta). Look for seared foie gras with poached peaches and cardamom caramel, lobster tail with green pea and shallot, risotto with pheasant breast, and Prime filet. Anatra, 217 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-395-0637.
 
Kai Poké has opened in Woodland Hills. The menu features local, seasonal and sustainable poké bowls. Signature bowls include the Spicy Ponzu Tuna (spicy ponzu, hijiki, avocado), Yuzu Miso Salmon (white miso, edamame, radish) and Roasted Beets (shredded kale, pickled ginger, red onion, toasted almonds, macadamia nuts). Complement your meal with an iced tea brewed in-house. Lunch & Dinner daily. Kai Poké, El Camino Shopping Center, 23349B Mulholland Dr., Woodland Hills, CA 91364, 818-912-6799.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

New Project Announced from Walter Manzke and Margarita Manzke
Walter Manzke and Margarita Manzke (République) will open a new restaurant in the historic Herald Examiner building in downtown on Broadway and 11th Street. The 1914 building, which is currently being revamped, was designed by Julia Morgan, who also was the architect of Hearst Castle.
 

UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS

Former chef Marty Shield has left the downtown Italian restaurant Testa, and Sydney Hunter III has jumped from Silver Lake's Kettle Black to helm the stoves and create new menus. Testa, 1111 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-973-5013.
 
Suthiporn “Tui” Sungkamee, the chef of one of LA’s most authentic and popular Thai Town restaurants, Jitlada, has died of lung cancer. He will be remembered for popularizing the cuisine of Southern Thailand and his signature menu of fiery favorites. He is survived by his sister Jazz Singsanong, who is also co-owner of Jitlada. Jitlada, 5233 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-667-9809.
 

LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

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.
 
Eagle Rock’s longtime all-day café The Coffee Table has closed. Locals had enjoyed the neighborhood fixture for 20 years, and it will be missed. The Coffee Table, 1958 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041, no phone.
 
Chef Brendan Collins has shuttered his restaurant Birch in Hollywood, and will move on to helm the stoves and revamp menus at Wilshire. Birch, 1634 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
 
Chef Ricardo Zarate has closed Mamacita in Hollywood Chef Ricardo Zarate has closed his fast-casual spot Mamacita at Hollywood & Highland mall after less than a year in business. His West Hollywood restaurant Rosaliné remains open. Mamacita, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., #418, Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
 
LA has lost another location of Jerry’s Famous Deli, this time in Marina del Rey. The restaurant’s owners plan to open a new, updated concept next year. Jerry's Famous Deli, 13181 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, no phone.
 

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