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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

Quinn and Karen Hatfield have opened The Mighty in DTLA Husband-and-wife team Quinn and Karen Hatfield (Odys & Penelope, The Sycamore Kitchen) have ventured downtown with The Mighty, a casual restaurant serving up organic salads, sandwiches, house-made pastas, rotisserie chicken and more. The Mighty, 108 W. Second St. #105, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-278-0025.
 
Chef Dave Beran, former executive chef at Grant Achatz's Next restaurant in Chicago, is striking out on his own on the West Coast. His restaurant, Dialogue, offers an intimate tasting menu experience at The Gallery, the newly renovated food hall on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade. Dialogue, 1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
 
Surfside Venice Bar + Grill has opened just off the Venice Beach Boardwalk Surfside Venice Bar + Grill has opened just off the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Patrons savor nachos, burgers, fish tacos, salads, brown rice bowls and brunch fare, along with local craft beers and cocktails. Surfside Venice Bar + Grill, 23 Windard Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 424-256-7894.
 
Daniel Patterson (Coi, Plum, Locol) plans to open an LA outpost of his popular SF neighborhood restaurant Alta in West Adams next year. Look for casual California cuisine starring local SoCal ingredients, and a sprawling, 2,500-square-foot dining space. Alta, 5365 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016, no phone.
 
Former Noma and Californios chef Joseph Geiskopf, also lately of Destroyer, is opening his restaurant Triniti in Echo Park this fall. Look for inventive small plates, high-end coffee drinks via Tartine roastery, compelling craft cocktails and plenty of Eastside hipster ambience. Triniti, 1814 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
 
New seafood spot Fishwives makes a splash in Pasadena, with a New England-style menu featuring a dozen varieties of fresh Atlantic and Pacific oysters, little neck clams, Peruvian scallops, PEI black mussels, jumbo shrimp and uni. Mains include fish and chips, steamers, clam chowder, Maryland crab cakes and a lobster roll. Look for draft and bottled beers, boutique wines and saké. Fishwives, 88 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103, 626-219-6199.
 
Restaurateur Jesse Gomez (Mercado, Yxta Cocina Mexicana) has transformed his former Maradentro in Studio City into the more casual Mercado Taqueria, a “contemporary bar serving tacos and tablitas on handmade tortillas.” Beyond elevated tacos, look for a ceviche verde tostada, calabacitas toast, carnitas, carne asada and whole grilled fish. Cocktails from Cesar Arenas include sophisticated tequila and mezcal concoctions, and there’s a Mexican beer selection, too. Dinner nightly. Mercado Taqueria, 11929 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-358-3423.
 
Sapor has opened in Koreatown, offering Asian-inspired modern tapas from chef Matthew Ignacio and craft cocktails from barman Vincenzo Marianella (Copa d’Oro). Look for dishes like roasted lamb riblets with mint romesco; galbi with bone marrow and scallion purée; bulgogi croquettes; and scallops with corn, butterscotch and grits. Sapor, 3600 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010, 213-232-4663.
 
A second Small Batch artisanal ice cream shop has opened in Los Angeles “Top Chef” champ Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts (Hudson House) have debuted their second Small Batch artisanal ice cream shop in Los Angeles, located in Mar Vista. Look for unique flavors like Banana Cream Pie, Lemon Sorbet with Strawberry Pop Rocks, and Fresh Sweet Corn, plus other frozen novelties such as White Chocolate Thai Tea Popsicles and Mint Oreo Ice Cream Pie. Custom sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches and slices of birthday cake are also available. Small Batch, 12222 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 424-289-9552.
 
The newest location of Mainland Poke Shop has opened in Beverly Hills along South Beverly Drive. Look for fresh, sushi-grade fish including toro, salmon belly, blue crab and octopus in customizable bowls or signature bowls. Healthful base options range from kelp noodles to baby greens and kale. Lunch & Dinner daily. Mainland Poke Shop, 130 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 424-335-0372.
 
Brothers Daniel and Chris Skaf have debuted The Yardbird in Glendale. The restaurant specializes in fire grilled Cornish hens and California fresh salads and sides like fried Brussels sprouts with red onion, spicy corn with smoky compound butter, red cabbage slaw, and kale tabbouleh. The Yardbird, 1147 E. Colorado St., Glendale, CA 91205, 818-484-7654.
 
Neighbor has opened in the former Willie Jane space, offering a patio lined with soft-hued banquettes and rattan chairs, as well as a lively bar mixing up elegant craft cocktails. A New American menu features Dungeness crab with buttermilk, dill and juniper; lamb saddle with fairytale eggplant; diver scallop with sweet yellow corn and leek; and local apricots with Amaretti cream. Neighbor, 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-314-3625
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Chef Maycoll Calderón (Mexico City’s Huset) has debuted Tintorera, a seafood-centric, modern Mexican restaurant in Silver Lake. Décor includes an outdoor oasis surrounded by greenery and illuminated by strung lights and pendant lanterns, with bright blue cement tiles and rustic wood tables and chairs. Calderón brings his signature “cocina de campo” (country kitchen) style of Mexican cooking from Huset to Los Angeles, with a refined menu that emphasizes crudo and raw plates alongside roasted fish and meat dishes. Tintorera, 2815 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-741-0055.
 
Downtown L.A. restaurant Spring introduces Springside Summer may be winding down, but Springside has sprung. Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi and chef Tony Esnault have turned the bar area at their downtown L.A. restaurant Spring into this intimate, bistro-style setting for weeknight dinners (Tues.-Sat.) and happy hour (Tues.-Fri. 5 p.m.-7 p.m.). Springside, Douglas Building, 257 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-372-5189.
 
Restaurateur Paul Hibler (Superba Food + Bread, Pitfire Artisan Pizza) is behind Gesso, a casual restaurant with chef Doug Miriello at the helm. The all-day menu includes breakfast fare, jidori chicken nuggets and a cheeseburger topped with grilled onions and Thousand Island dressing, as well as several pizzas. Gesso, 801 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-544-6240.
 
Xiang Yuan Gourmet offers new dim sum options in Temple City, with delightfully artful bao shaped like hedgehogs and mushrooms. Favorite standards such as spare ribs, barbecue pork buns, har gow and siu mai are joined by the more unusual pork blood jelly with chives and baked almond cream bun. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Xiang Yuan Gourmet, 9556 Las Tunas Dr., Temple City, CA 91780, 626-286-6788.
 
Green Zone serves organic Asian cuisine in Temple City Green Zone’s organic Asian cuisine is now being served up in a sleek new location in Temple City. Look for the signature favorite of organic Hainan chicken rice, as well as grilled lemongrass pork chop, Thai basil shrimp with rice, wonton and dumpling soup, and turnip cake. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner in its soft open phase, and will debut breakfast in the near future. Green Zone, 5728 Rosemead Blvd., Temple City, CA 91780, no phone.
 
Koreatown’s gigantic Gaju Marketplace complex has debuted a cool, modern Korean food court called Square Mixx, offering branches of South Korea’s favorite food franchises. Included are Nipong Naepong (noodles), Brown Donkatsu (black pork fried katsu), Robot Kimbap (healthy kimbap rolls) and Cafe Bora (purple sweet potato bingsu, Korean shave ice). Look for more shops to open this fall. Lunch & Dinner daily. Square Mixx, Gaju Marketplace, 450 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020, no phone.
 
LiOrient Asian Bar & Restaurant is located downtown on the fourth floor of the U.S. Bank Tower building. Look for the likes of rainbow colored xiao long bao, Shanghai rice cakes with shredded pork, shrimp garlic noodles, black pepper filet mignon, and a half or whole Hong Kong-style roasted duck. Express lunch menus include bowls and larger plate combos; afternoon and late-night happy hours offer appetizers, beer and wine, and cocktails like a mango habanero Mule. LiOrient Asian Bar & Restaurant, U.S. Bank Tower
, 633 W. 5th St., Ste. 400, Los Angeles, CA 90071, 323-500-1186.
 
In Santa Monica, SUGARFISH co-founder Lele Massimini has opened Uovo on 2nd Street, serving up fresh traditional “sfogline” pastas shipped directly from Bologna, Italy. The pasta is made with special eggs found only in Italy. Look for tagliatelle ai carciofi, tonnarelli carbonara and ravioli di ricotta. To drink, there’s Italian beer and select wines. Lunch & Dinner daily. Uovo, 1320 2nd St., Ste. A, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-425-0064.
 
Coming this fall to the Arts District is Simone, the highly anticipated restaurant from chef Jessica Largey (Manresa). Various spaces will include a six-seat chef’s counter for tasting menus, a rooftop garden and a butcher room. Former The NoMad sommelier Jordan Egan will be in charge of the wine list, and Scotsman Iain McPherson will run a bar program offering high-end craft cocktails. Simone, 449 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
 
Chef Nassir Nasr has launched the Mediterranean restaurant Marsa Lounge in West LA, featuring dishes from his native Tunisia as well as Morocco, Turkey, Lebanon and Greece. Look for falafel and other mezze, a braised lamb shank tagine, beef and salmon kebabs, grilled sea bass and a vegetarian plate. For dessert there’s rose blossom baklava. Lunch & Dinner daily. Marsa Lounge, 11906 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 310-310-2999.
 
Merci Clement has opened in Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Boulevard, serving up breakfast and lunch. Look for baguette sandwiches, a smoked salmon salad, fruit parfaits, espresso drinks and pastries including a chocolate croissant and eclairs. There’s some sidewalk patio seating, too. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Merci Clement, 9887 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 323-770-2626.
 
Burbank seafood lovers can now find their favorite Cajun boil at The Boiling Crab. Look for oysters, blue crab, king crab, crawfish and shrimp, boiled or fried, alongside gumbo, chowder, corn and Cajun fries. To drink there are teas, beer and margaritas. Lunch & Dinner daily. The Boiling Crab, 140 E. Palm Ave., Burbank, CA 91502, 747-201-3346.
 
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 Hearth & Hound in the former The Cat & Fiddle location on Sunset Boulevard. Hearth & Hound, 6530 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
 
Fast-casual sushi spot Quick by Katsu-ya has popped up on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. The eatery offers oysters, lobster ramen and a slew of budget-friendly open hand rolls ranging from spicy tuna to dynamite crawfish and seared garlic albacore. Look for six beers on tap, hot and cold saké, and house wine. Lunch & Dinner daily. Quick by Katsu-ya, 11928 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 747-203-1192.
 
In Beverly Hills, Tarte Tatin Bakery & Cafe has opened its second location, offering Mediterranean dishes with influences from Israel, Tunisia, Romania and France. Look for an array of baked goods and breakfast served all day featuring a Mediterranean meal and shakshuka, sandwiches like Tunisian tuna on baguette, salads, soups and a variety of coffee drinks. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Tarte Tatin Bakery & Cafe, 200 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 424-777-0033.
 
Alta Nordic Kitchen has opened on Melrose Avenue Chef Christer Larsson (Aquavit) is now dishing up Scandinavian cuisine with his son at Alta Nordic Kitchen on Melrose Avenue. Options include gravlax, potted beef cheeks and marrow, Greenland shrimp on toasted brioche, wood-grilled halibut, plank steak, Danish meatballs, and apple cake with rye crumble and vanilla ice cream. Expect beer and wine. Brunch hours will be added soon. Dinner nightly. Alta Nordic Kitchen, 7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-746-5221.
 
Chef Dakota Weiss has opened her sixth location of Sweetfin Poké in Silver Lake on Sunset Boulevard. Look for signature creations like the spicy yuzu salmon, mango albacore or Sriracha tuna bowls, or build your own with green bamboo rice, seasonal toppings and Weiss’ special sauces. To drink, find house-infused teas and coconut waters with flavors such as dragon fruit and lemongrass. Alcohol will be available soon. Lunch & Dinner daily. Sweetfin Poké, 3112 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-300-6210.
 
Matthew Kaner (Covell) has opened Good Measure, a new wine bar and restaurant in Atwater Village. Look for earth tones and wood, banquettes for dining, a lively bar and a wine room that hosts tastings. The dinner menu features the likes of oysters, charcuterie, lamb belly, a bone-in pork chop and sautéed scallops; brunch offers avocado toast, soft polenta with roasted mushrooms, eggs, and a brunch burger. Expect a knowledgeable collection of wines curated by Kaner. Good Measure, 3224 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-426-9461.
 
Umami Burger founder Adam Fleischman is setting out to reinvent the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich at PBJ.LA at Grand Central Market in downtown LA. PBJ.LA, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
 
Rendering of Tesse restaurant in West Hollywood In Fall 2017, restaurateur Bill Chait (formerly of Sprout LA group) will open Tesse in West Hollywood. Chef Raphael Francois will helm the restaurant and offer a menu inspired by French classics. Tesse, 8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
 
Look for high-end burgers made with 100-percent grass-fed New Zealand Wagyu beef at HiHo Cheeseburger, now open in Santa Monica right off the beach. The micro menu features a double cheeseburger special with hand-cut fries, and classic burgers or vegan house-made patties alongside iceberg salad, Straus vanilla or chocolate shakes, homemade pie, and beer and wine. Lunch & Dinner daily. HiHo Cheeseburger, 1320 2nd St., Ste. B, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-469-7250.
 
Chef Royce Burke has opened Secret Lasagna, a gourmet late-night window in Chinatown at Mandarin Plaza serving Thursday through Sunday until midnight for takeout (and until 3 a.m. via UberEATS delivery). Look for braised beef or vegan lasagna, a beef and lamb burger with aged balsamic chimichurri, an acorn squash taco, and tea smoked chicken casserole. Secret Lasagna, 970 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 323-505-8256.
 
Chelle’s Seafood, a new bar and grill in Hollywood, offers jaunty Fisherman’s Wharf décor, day-long specials on beer and shots, and dollar oysters. Menu items include fish and chips, bacon-wrapped scallops, clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, fish and shrimp tacos, and clams, lobster, snow crab and mussels by the pound. Lunch & Dinner daily. Chelle's Seafood, 6325 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-468-0656.
 
Gjelina/Gjusta chef Travis Lett has opened MTN in Venice sans signage or reservations --- but foodies are still lining up for the communal seats. Expect Lett’s California-inflected take on izakaya dishes ranging from mushrooms baked in yuzu butter, Big Sur sea vegetables, saba sashimi, gyoza, ramen and beef tataki. MTN, 1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 424-465-3313.
 
On Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, the former Gate of India has flipped into the more exotic Himalayan Hut. You can still find favorite Indian curries, masalas and vindaloos, but now also look for Himalayan/Nepalese dishes like chicken momo, Nepali goat curry, yak chili, and many vegetarian options. Lunch & Dinner daily. Himalayan Hut, 7300 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-874-6673.
 
Opa! Upscale Greek cuisine has come to Westfield Century City mall with a new and welcome outpost of Petros. Expect favorite dishes such as spanakopita, fried calamari, grilled octopus, feta-crusted rack of lamb, roast chicken, moussaka, and shrimp pasta. Lunch & Dinner daily. Petros Century City, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 310-277-3876.
 
Osen Izakaya is now open on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. Chef/owner Damon Min Cho (Matsuhisa, Maia) offers a full sushi and sashimi menu, kushiyaki, signature rolls, raw oysters and several omakase choices. Starters range from agedashi tofu and yam shrimp croquettes to truffle tuna pizza; signature plates feature miso crab salmon, seared Hokkaido scallop, and scrambled eggs with uni on baguette, while big plates include a Japanese rib-eye. Dinner nightly. Osen Izakaya, 2903 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-928-2220.
 
The Orlando Hotel will be home to a new branch of Cleo from Disruptive Restaurant Group, a subsidiary of sbe. Look for a Mediterranean menu similar to the ones offered at the Hollywood (1717 Vine St., 323-962-1711) and L.A. Live (800 W. Olympic Blvd., 424-888-7818) outposts. Cleo, The Orlando Hotel, 8384 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
 
Jane Q and Ever Bar are now open in the new Kimpton Everly Hotel in Hollywood. 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.
 
Chef David Chang of Momofuku fame will open a restaurant in downtown LA David Chang of Momofuku fame will open a restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. Projected to debut in late 2017, North Spring will be an original culinary concept inspired by California produce and the diversity of LA's food scene. North Spring, 1725 Naud St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
 
Silver Lake’s latest obsession is the hipster Israeli/Mediterranean spot Mh Zh, situated in the former Purgatory Pizza space. Expect mostly rustic sidewalk seating and long lines, and a menu featuring assorted Middle Eastern mezze, roasted vegetable dishes, short rib, and lamb ragoût with sumac and preserved lemon. Mh Zh, 3536 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-636-7598.
 
Eye-popping panoramic views of LA can be found at Dream Hollywood’s new rooftop destination The Highlight Room. TAO Group's 11,000-square-foot venue features a pool, private cabanas, a bar/lounge and grill. Look for luxe signature cocktails and California fare featuring crudos, salads, small plates and grilled meats. The Highlight Room, Dream Hollywood, 6417 Selma Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
 
In another summer unveiling, Wilshire Grand Central’s new InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown debuts La Boucherie on 71. On the 71st floor of the now tallest building west of Chicago, this French steakhouse offers panoramic views of the city, hidden booths for VIP diners, premium meats and global seafood entrées. To complement the fare, look for a cheese and charcuterie cave and an expansive wine list with more than 1,200 selections. La Boucherie on 71, InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, Wilshire Grand Central, 900 Wilshire Blvd., 71st fl., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-688-7777.
 
Chef Phillip Frankland Lee has opened an omakase speakeasy, Sushi|Bar, behind his Encino restaurant and bar Woodley Proper. Expect eight seats, no reservations, and “a free-form, interpretive take” on a traditional sushi experience, with dishes like yellowtail with sweet corn pudding; bone marrow sushi; and mountain yam layered with salmon roe, mushroom dashi and lobster tomalley. Sushi|Bar, 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, 818-906-9775.
 
The Exchange serves up Israeli-influenced fare in the new Freehand Los Angeles hotel The Exchange serves up Israeli-influenced fare for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in the new Freehand Los Angeles hotel in downtown LA. The restaurant will soon be joined by rooftop cocktail bar Broken Shaker. The Exchange, Freehand Los Angeles, 416 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-395-9531.
 
Highland Park’s restaurant scene along Figueroa keeps heating up, this time with modern, eclectic Asian eatery RBTA. Chef Justin Baey (Picca) serves a variety of robata skewers, specializing in contrasting charcoal grilled flavors with seasonally rotating pickled dishes. RBTA, 5629 1/2 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-259-6474.
 
Cafe Bizou has opened a third location, this one in Agoura Hills. Look for salads and pastas, and fish and meats from the grill, as well as a three-course prix-fixe menu ($36) that features traditional French favorites like escargots, French onion soup, lobster, petit filet mignon and flourless chocolate cake. Choose from many reasonable California and French wines by the glass and bottle. Cafe Bizou, 30315 Canwood St., Ste. 14, Agoura Hills, CA 91301, 818-991-9560.
 
The Southland’s popular DIY chain Chronic Tacos has landed in Burbank. Custom build your own tacos, burritos, tostadas and bowls with ingredients that include pollo asado, carnitas, al pastor, fish, shrimp and veggies. Also find breakfast fare and churro bites for dessert. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Chronic Tacos, 116 E. Palm Ave., Burbank, CA 91502, 747-229-9016.
 
With the opening of sweetgreen at Fifth and Grand, DTLA can now boast another fresh and healthy dining alternative. The eatery specializes in seasonal salads. Summer bowls include Thai watermelon with arugula, mint and blueberries, and Mexican corn elote with warm quinoa and lime cilantro jalapeño dressing. Pesto portobello is among the warm bowls, and you can create DIY salads, too. To drink, find a watermelon cilantro fresca. Patio seating is available. sweetgreen, 601 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-279-6900.
 
Barbara Jean has debuted in the former Maré space on Melrose, with chef Jason Fullilove at the helm. Look for elevated modern soul food with a focus on the roots of African American cooking, with dishes ranging from lime pickled shrimp and wood roast mussels, to braised lamb belly with saffron poached apple and warm buttermilk tart. As the restaurant is found on the back patio of Melrose Umbrella Co., so expect stellar cocktails too. Barbara Jean, 7476 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-930-7900.
 
Chef Jordan Kahn has opened Vespertine, a fine dining destination in Culver City’s Hayden Tract across from his current breakfast/lunch spot, Destroyer. Reservations are available via Tock. Vespertine, 3599 Hayden Ave., Culver City, CA 90232, 323-320-4023.
 
Rhythm Room, a historic jazz speakeasy from the 1920s located in the basement of DTLA’s Hayward Hotel, has been restored and reopened. New owners Cindy La and Vincent Vongkavivathanakul have preserved the original checkered floors and marble stairway and dance floor, adding vintage midcentury décor and a plethora of games, including pool and ping pong. Look for espresso drinks, cocktails, beers on tap and some wines; a bar menu with the likes of gourmet hot dogs and mac n’ cheese will debut later in the summer, along with expanded daytime hours. Drinks nightly. Rhythm Room, 206 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
 
Spire 73 is the tallest open-air rooftop bar in America The tallest open-air rooftop bar in America has opened at the new InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel in the Wilshire Grand building. Spire 73 perches atop (yes, you guessed it) the hotel’s 73rd story, 1,100 feet above street level. Look for fire pits, cabanas and a long bar, surrounded by glass walls. To drink there are luxe craft cocktails, international beers, and a generous whiskey selection; nosh on duck ham Monte Cristo sandwiches, roasted bone marrow, diver scallops or Ossetra caviar. Share tableside s’mores or chocolate fondue for dessert. Dress code is business casual. Dinner Nightly. Spire 73, InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel, 900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-688-7777.
 
A new location of Northern Cafe has opened on Beverly Boulevard. Expect authentic northern-style handmade dumplings (juicy pork, fish and chive) and noodles (dan dan, Zha Jiang, Shanghai fried) alongside entrées like Chongqing crispy chicken, cumin lamb and mapo tofu. To drink, choose from lemonade and Chinese and Taiwanese beer. Northern Cafe, 8459 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-617-3453.
 
Chef David Lespron and beverage director Mike Lay have debuted a glamorous tiki spot, Lono, in Hollywood. Expect an Old Hollywood vibe and iconic rum-focused tiki drinks including the mai tai, Samoan Fog-Cutter and Jungle Bird. Specialty tiki bowls for six to eight imbibers run from $120 to $450. Food items range from oxtail steamed buns and kung pao ribs to a Spam musubi bowl, Kuai fried chicken and green papaya salad. Lono, 6611 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-848-4475.
 
Malibu Burger Co. has opened Malibu Burger Co. serves a selection of gourmet burgers and other casual fare from chef Aaron May in a creek-front setting in the heart of Malibu’s Civic Center. Malibu Burger Co., 3822 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, CA 90265, 310-317-0153.
 

Find more recent openings with our list of the Top 10 New & Notable LA Restaurants and round-up of all the NEW Restaurants in Los Angeles

NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bestia has re-opened after suffering kitchen fire Italian Hotspot Bestia Re-Opening after Fire
Bestia in the downtown L.A. Arts District was briefly closed due to a kitchen fire, but the Italian hotspot is re-opened for dinner service on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Bestia, 2121 E. 7th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-514-5724.
 
Maple Now Open for Lunch
Maple at Descanso Gardens, already one of LA’s prettiest brunch spots, is now open for lunch Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Look for seasonal salads, soups, sandwiches and other specialties, and a two-course lunch priced at $17. Maple, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011, 818-949-4200.
 
New Restaurants at Westfield Century City
Westfield Century City has announced a slew of restaurants to open when the mall unveils its massive billion-dollar renovation this fall. Look for Biryani’s by Spice Affair, Grom, Kafe Bougatsa, Panini Café, Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, Randy’s Donuts and Wexler’s Deli to debut immediately. Newly revealed signings slated for future openings include Saint Marc, Tocaya Organica and Aloha Poke Co., as well as the yet unnamed restaurant to be launched by chef Jonathan Waxman. The new Westfield Century City was designed in collaboration with L.A. based designer Kelly Wearstler and will encompass more than 1.3 million square feet of space, double its parking capacity and eventually link to the LA Metro Purple Line subway. Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 310-277-3898.
 
Summer Afternoon Tea in Four Seasons’ Windows Lounge
Newly launched in July and available through the summer, Afternoon Tea Service in Windows Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills features a Signature Afternoon Tea ($49) and a Luxury Afternoon Tea ($69), available from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. daily. Inspired by traditional English-style tea service, both menus offer freshly brewed Rishi loose leaf teas in addition to scones dotted with Devonshire cream and lemon curd. Guests may also choose wine pairings with the Signature and Luxury Teas, curated by Domaine Chandon and Moët & Chandon respectively. The Luxury tea service includes blini with Petrossian caviar, lobster salad, cucumber sandwiches and tea cakes. Windows Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-273-2222.
 
Gusto Moves to Larger Location
Chef Victor Casanova has moved his trattoria, Gusto, just down Third Street to a larger location. The new home (previously Pistola) features a marble bar and an upstairs patio with a retractable roof. Gusto, 8022 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-951-9800.
 
Cocktail Lounge Wild Beast Opens in Verlaine
Verlaine’s beverage director John Neumueller has introduced the restaurant’s cocktail lounge, Wild Beast. Look for a sultry interior and refined culinary drinks, accompanied by haute bar bites from chef Diego Hernandez. Wild Beast, 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 424-288-4621.
 
Renderings for the renovations of Crustacean Beverly Hills Changes Coming to Crustacean
House of AN hospitality group has announced big changes on the horizon for Crustacean, their Beverly Hills restaurant that has been serving Asian fusion fare for two decades. The restaurant is undergoing renovations and will transform into two different dining concepts. Crustacean will continue to occupy the first floor, but with a revamped menu and floorplan featuring adjustable walls for more flexibility for private parties. The space will also include a U-shaped bar, sidewalk patio and garden seating, a chef’s table and a glass-enclosed kitchen. Meanwhile, the second floor will be home to a new restaurant, whose name and menu are still under wraps. The re-opening date is scheduled for October 2017. Crustacean, 9646 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-205-8990.
 

UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS

Chef Alexandre Ageneau has departed Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant Chef Alexandre Ageneau has departed Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant in West Hollywood. The former sous-chef from Le Cirque at the Bellagio Las Vegas will soon take the helm. Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant, 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310-271-6300.
 
Former “Top Chef” Dakota Weiss stepped down at Estrella and chef Mirko Paderno (Culina Modern Italian) has taken the reins in the kitchen. Weiss remains a partner in the restaurant, but expect significant menu changes. Estrella, 8800 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-652-6613.
 
Chef Jonathan Waxman will open a restaurant at Westfield Century City Chef Jonathan Waxman, one of the pioneers of California cuisine, will open a restaurant at Westfield Century City in Spring 2018. The self-described "neighborhood restaurant,” which does not yet have a name, will join the much-anticipated L.A. location of Eataly and many other new dining options at the redeveloped center.
 

LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Ayara Thai Cuisine is temporarily closed for renovations. In the meantime, check out the restaurant's Ayara Luk pop-up across the parking lot. Ayara Thai Cuisine, 6245 W. 87th St., Los Angeles, CA 90045, 310-410-8848.
 
In Santa Monica, trendy eatery Areal has closed on Main Street. Areal, 2820 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
 
In West Hollywood, the iconic Maison Richard has closed. After 32 years, the Maison Richard brand and company officially ended its operation on August 13, 2017. New owner chef Josette LeBlond will open an outpost of her Normandie Bakery at the WeHo location on September 1. Maison Richard, 707 N. Stanley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, no phone.
 
Blue Hen, a local favorite for Vietnamese fare in Eagle Rock, closed after service on August 25, 2017. Blue Hen, 1743 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041, no phone.
 
Napoleon & Josephine sadly closed its doors Corsican restaurant Napoleon & Josephine sadly closed its doors after service on September 17, 2017. A new chef has already purchased the location on Melrose Avenue. Napoleon & Josephine, 7212 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, no phone.
 
On July 31, 2017, “Top Chef” Michael Voltaggio closed his Melrose Avenue restaurant ink. and relocated to a larger space at 826 N. La Cienega Boulevard (former home to Hutchinson), where he has a new venture called ink.well. ink., 8360 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90069, no phone.
 
The LA outpost of Parisian steak frites franchise Le Relais de l'Entrecôte has closed on Melrose Avenue. Le Relais de l'Entrecôte, 8755 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
 
Hollywood vegan restaurant Cruciferous has shuttered after a few months of business. Cruciferous, 1253 Vine St., Ste. 8, Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
 
SAAM at The Bazaar by José Andrés has closed SAAM at The Bazaar by José Andrés in the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills closed following service on July 29, 2017, and will be replaced by a new restaurant called Somni, a joint concept with chef Aitor Zabala (an elBulli alum). No word on the menu yet, but expect the kind of avant-garde haute cuisine for which Andrés is known. SAAM at The Bazaar by José Andrés, SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-246-5545.
 
Berlin Currywurst in Silver Lake has closed, though its DTLA Grand Central Market location remains open. Chef Darren Sayphraraj’s Smorgasburg hit We Have Noodles will move into the location later this summer. Berlin Currywurst, 3827 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
 

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