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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

Nick’s Manhattan Beach will open in the former Chez Soi space Nick's Manhattan Beach will open in the former Chez Soi space. The restaurant will offer a menu of classic American fare. Nick's also has locations in Laguna Beach, San Clemente and Long Beach. Nick's Manhattan Beach, Metlox Plaza, 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, no phone.
 
The owners of Silver Lake Ramen have opened Kush Sake Bar in the former Cortez space on Allison Avenue in Echo Park. The small, izakaya-style restaurant serves up a variety of sake, yakitori and small plates featuring black cod, roast duck, pork belly, beef carpaccio and Japanese pumpkin. Dinner nightly. Kush Sake Bar, 1356 Allison Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-265-7609.
 
Pasadena’s stylish Argentinean eatery 1810 Restaurant has opened a sister spot in downtown L.A. on West 9th Street. Expect empanadas, sautéed sweetbreads, morcilla, a long list of steaks, as well as pastas, chicken and fish. Platters of grilled meats and vegetables are festive for larger groups. The wine list highlights Malbecs and other Argentinean varietals. Lunch & Dinner daily. 1810 Restaurant, 105 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-623-1810.
 
Bacari PDR, a sibling of downtown wine bar Bacaro L.A., will open in Playa Del Rey in August 2014. Chef Lior Hillel, an alum of Jean-Georges in New York, will offer a menu of “cicchetti” Italian small plates such as lamb stuffed eggplant; oven-roasted bone marrow with caper panko and sea salt; and glazed pork belly skewers. The wine list will focus on lesser-known varietals from all over the world, and there will also be craft beers and cocktails. Bacari PDR, 6805 Vista Del Mar Ln., Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, no phone.
 
Loteria Grill has opened at The Original Farmers Market at Los Angeles International Airport’s Delta Terminal 5. Travelers can expect regional Mexican cuisine including Acapulco-style ceviche, red pozole pork and hominy chile, and chicken in mole poblano, as well as specialty margaritas from a full-service bar. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Loteria Grill LAX, Los Angeles International Airport, 550 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045, no phone.
 
Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s successful New York City Italian market and food court, Eataly, will be opening an L.A. location at the Westfield Century City mall in 2017. Eataly, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, no phone.
 
Contemporary Korean restaurant Gaji has soft opened for lunch in downtown, with chef Minh Phan (Beachwood Café) at the helm. Gaji means "tree branch" in Korean. The modern space features subdued hues; a patio will open later this summer. Expect “Asian soul food” dishes like kimchi-stuffed dates, duck rillettes with a ginger-satsuma marmalade, ravioli filled with beef cheeks in pho broth, and a whole allium-stuffed loup de mer. Gaji, 523 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-243-0780.
 
Adam Cole (ink.) and The Bazaar by José Andrés’ chef de cuisine Holly Jivan, his wife, will open Maple Block Meat Company in Culver City. It’s expected to launch towards the end of the year, and the menu will spotlight Texas barbecue.
 
Hotel MdR has debuted its new Italian eatery, Barbianca Local Kitchen. Expect a daily bruschetta board, roasted polenta cakes, house-made pizzas with the likes of prosciutto and béchamel, shrimp garganelli and Pinot Noir-braised short ribs. Happy hour features specials on wine, beer and cocktails, and 50 percent off appetizers. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Barbianca, Hotel MdR, 13480 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey, CA 90292, 310-577-6039.
 
West Third Street’s latest chic eatery is ToC, a French-style bistro and pâtisserie with an outdoor patio from Food Network contestant Penny Davidi (executive chef, PUMP Lounge). At this, Davidi’s first restaurant, pastry chef Stephane Treand creates elegant Viennoiseries and pastries. The menu features omelets, tartines, sweet and savory crêpes, escargots, salade Niçoise and quiche Lorraine. Catering and pastry classes will be coming soon. Breakfast & Lunch daily. ToC, 8556 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-275-4235.
 
Restaurateurs Steven Arroyo (Escuela Taqueria) and Bruce Marder (Capo) have opened a French bistro, Marvin, on Beverly Boulevard, in the former House Café. Expect fresh oysters, fine cheeses and charcuterie, steak tartare, cassoulet, steak frites and chocolate soufflé. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Marvin, 8114 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-655-5553.
 
The San Francisco/Bay Area café chain La Boulange has brought a location to Los Angeles. The menu offers breakfast items (served all day), soups, salads, sandwiches and build-your-own burgers. La Boulange, 359 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-525-0164.
 
Mastro's Ocean Club in Malibu has opened in the the former Chart House location. Seafood takes a starring role but the menu also features steaks, à la carte sides (creamed spinach, lobster mashed potatoes) and desserts including Mastro's signature warm butter cake. Mastro's Ocean Club, 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265, 310-454-4357.
 
Chef Ben Ford will open an outpost of Ford’s Filling Station at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. The restaurant, which is scheduled to open in fall 2014, will take over the space of LA Market and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. This will be a second location of Ford's Filling Station, joining a branch at Los Angeles International Airport (the original Culver City gastropub has closed). Ford's Filling Station, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-765-8600.
 
Beelman’s Pub has opened in Downtown L.A. The Acme Bar Group (Library Bar, Laurel Tavern) has unveiled the new Beelman’s Pub in the Historic Core at 6th and Spring Streets in Downtown L.A. A dramatic garden sports ivy, moss, brick walls and cobblestone patio steps lit by European wall sconces and candlelight. Inside, there are large communal tables, classic leather Pullman booths and walls of dark wood veneer. Expect a high-end, European-inspired cocktail list featuring Spanish sherry, Italian bitters and French bubbles, and a food menu with elevated pub fare and charcuterie. Beelman’s Pub, 600 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-622-1022.
 
In Malibu Tra Di Noi owner Antonio Alessi will open an Italian countryside eatery, Mangia, in September, serving wood fire pizzas, casual Italian fare, wine and cocktails. Mangia, 30745 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265, no phone.
 
Manifesto Café is a social enterprise market and café located in Hermon (off the 110 near Montecito Heights and Mt. Washington). The "social cafénterprise" features an original menu of Los Angelino-themed artisan sandwiches, salads and beverages, as well as fair trade coffee, teas, produce and healthy snacks all sourced from local, socially-conscious small businesses. Breakfast, lunch and dinner features dishes like a Portuguese burrito with zesty papaya slaw, salmon wrap with creamy curry sauce, and grilled cheese with organic kale and bacon. Also find a host of fresh juices and smoothies. Manifesto Cafe, 5526 Monterey Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-739-9525.
 
Chef/owners Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts (Hudson House, The Tripel) have opened Playa Provisions in Playa del Rey. The multi-purpose establishment encompasses the King Beach Cafe, Small Batch Ice Cream and Dockside Seafood Restaurant and Grain Whisky Bar. Playa Provisions, 119 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey, CA 90293, 310-683-5019.
 
Pork Belly's is coming to Hollywood, opening their second location at the current District 13 restaurant. The space will be revamped before opening as Pork Belly’s with the same sandwiches and bbq menu as the flagship Venice location, but here with seating and beer and wine. Pork Belly's, 1556 North Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, no phone.
 
Innovative restaurateur Adam Fleischman (Umami Burger, 800 Degrees) is at it again, with a concept that sounds completely weird but strangely delicious. ChocoChicken, serving fried chicken infused with chocolate, has opened in the downtown space previously occupied by Corkbar. House-made biscuits are among the side dishes, and a full bar is offered. A second ChocoChicken location is slated for Santa Monica. ChocoChicken, 403 W. 12th St. , Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-403-1786.
 
BO-beau kitchen + rooftap has opened in Long Beach San Diego’s Cohn Restaurant Group has opened BO-beau kitchen + rooftap on Pine Avenue in Long Beach. The restaurant serves a Cal-French menu with charcuterie, oysters on the half shell, flatbreads from a wood-fired oven, various moules frites preparations, pastas and bistro entrées like steak frites and beef bourguignon. BO-beau kitchen + rooftap, 144 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802, 562-983-0056.
 
The Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar has opened with chef Jason Fullilove (Da Vinci, The Tar Pit, LACMA) helming the stoves, offering a seafood-centric menu that includes crudo, small plates and larger entrées. Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar, 23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265, 310-456-8820.
 
Scarpetta has opened its courtyard-side kitchen’s lunchtime sandwich concept, Paninoteca by Scarpetta, Monday through Friday, serving made-to-order sandwiches, salads, sides and sweets. Expect porchetta, grilled eggplant and house-made roast beef sandwiches (on bread made in-house by Scarpetta), grilled chicken and arugula salad, fingerling potato salad and vanilla budino. Drinks include iced coffee and kale apple juice. Guests can nosh in the courtyard as an informal al fresco café, or avail themselves to a lunchtime grab-and-go. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Paninoteca by Scarpetta, Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-860-5832.
 
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump (Sur Restaurant & Lounge) has opened a new venue called PUMP Lounge in West Hollywood. PUMP Lounge, 8948 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-657-7867.
 
Koreatown will soon be host to a new restaurant from Gary Menes, Le Comptoir (which means “the counter,”) in the refurbished Hotel Normandie. The modern, intimate space will seat just eight diners for a chef’s tasting menu five nights a week, and is expected to open in late August 2014. Dinner Tues.-Sat. Le Comptoir, Hotel Normandie, 605 S. Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005, no phone.
 
Former Noe executive chef Glen Ishii has opened JiST in Little Tokyo, a breakfast and lunch cafe with a menu of haute egg options (like pork belly chashu with two six-minute eggs) and chocolate banana crème fraiche pancakes, a tonkatsu sandwich, kale salad with apples and pecans, and daily specials. Drinks include a soju Bloody Mari, mimosas and Stumptown coffee. Breakfast & Lunch Tues.-Sun. JiST, 116 Judge John Aiso St.
, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-792-2116.
 
Bar 20 has opened at The Grafton on Sunset. The lounge features a selection of craft cocktails, microbrews and California wines. Bar 20, The Grafton on Sunset, 8462 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 800-821-3660.
 
The 1933 Group (Sassafras, Bigfoot Lodge, Thirsty Crow) has opened Harlowe in West Hollywood. Luxe vintage interiors evoke the 1900s-1940s; the cocktail program comes from former New York mixologist Dushan Zaric (Employees Only, Macao Trading Co.) with a menu that marries house-made bitters, tinctures and shrubs with seasonal purées and infused spirits to create cocktails like the Yellow Jacket with tequila, yellow Chartreuse, elderflower, orange bitters and candied lemon peel. Elevated bar fare from consulting chef Eric Greenspan includes roasted beets and carrots paired with goat cheese, clementine and mojo verde; “fish and chips” of fried smelts in an IPA batter; and a caponata bruschetta made with Di Stefano burrata and heirloom tomatoes. Harlowe, 7321 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-876-5839.
 
Saint Martha --- named for the patron saint of cooks and servants --- offers refined fare in the unassuming setting of a Koreatown strip mall. Executive chef and partner Nick Erven (current executive chef at Tart, formerly of MessHall), teams up with general manager and sommelier Mary Thompson (db Bistro, Spice Market, Rivera.) The dinner menu consists of small plates, seafood and raw bar items, and mains such as lamb loin with buckwheat mole and braised chicken thigh with griddled figs and vadouvan. There are also five- or seven-course chef’s tasting menus. A beverage program features more than 50 wines by the glass, alongside a collection of sake, soju and seasonal craft beer. Saint Martha, 740 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005, 213-387-2300.
 
Now open near UCLA in Westwood, Panini Cosmopolitan Café features dishes inspired by Mexico’s Cabo coast and the Mediterranean sea. Dishes include the house special, caramelized carnitas, as well as Puerto Nuevo lobster tacos, stuffed eggplant, freshly marinated charbroiled chicken and filet kabobs. A variety of hand-muddled mojitos, margaritas and sangrias are with made with fresh fruit, and the bar is stocked with a wide selection of tequilas. Lunch & Dinner daily. Panini Cosmopolitan Café, 1553 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-477-0089.
 
Tanzy Restaurant is now open in Westwood. Designer Karen Hanlon creates an airy, inviting space featuring natural materials like hand-hewn reclaimed wood sourced from 100-year-old barns and factories in the Midwest. Executive chef Bryan Podgorski (The French Laundry, Bouchon in Las Vegas) crafts an artisanal Italian menu featuring raw bar offerings, house-made charcuterie and dishes like wild white seabass panzanella with Tokyo turnips, shaved red onion, wilted spinach, salsify and brown butter vinaigrette. Expect desserts to include an amaretti crumble and torta di cioccolato with dark chocolate cream, salted caramel and banana gelato. Sommelier/mixologist Adam Seger helms the beverage program of select wines and handcrafted cocktails. Lunch & Dinner daily. Tanzy Restaurant, 10840 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-307-7004.
 
A Spanish restaurant named smoke.oil.salt. has opened in the Melrose Avenue space that formerly housed Angeli Caffe. A venture of Adam Fleischman, Stephen Gelber and Jason Berkowitz, it features the cooking of Perfecto Rocher, who cooked briefly at Lazy Ox Canteen. smoke.oil.salt., 7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-930-7900.
 
Terrazza has opened at Casa del Mar Terrazza, a new café and lounge in Casa del Mar, has opened. The restaurant overlooks the ocean and features a market-driven menu from chef Sven Mede. Guests can expect seasonal salads, pizzas, housemade pastas and a rotating selection of seafood, including crudo. Terrazza, Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-581-5533.
 
L&E Oyster Bar owners Tyler Bell and Dustin Lancaster have opened El Cóndor, a Mexican restaurant and bar in the former El Conquistador space in Silver Lake. Chef/co-owner Spencer Bezaire (Café Stella) dishes up Mexican fare ranging from ceviche and huitaloche tacos to enchiladas, quesadillas, tortas and a whole fish in guajillo broth. Ellen Rehak, formely at Bottega Louie, has created a cocktail program of elegant margaritas alongside a fine selection of mezcal and tequila. There’s an upstairs bar and a patio, and it’s open until 2 a.m. every day. Dinner nightly. El Cóndor, 3701 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-660-4500.
 
Madera Kitchen is the latest creation from Loyal Pennings (Las Palmas) and Solar de Cahuengas owner, Milton Sznaider. The 5,000-square-foot space boasts a modern-minimalist, rustic interior designed by brother and sister duo, Jake and Vanessa Hooper. It features indoor and outdoor seating, two communal tables, an outdoor fireplace and a large mosaic tiled bar. Chef Kirk Plummer offers a modern twist on New American cuisine with the likes of buckwheat chitarra with poached egg, black garlic, thyme and brown butter, and slow-roasted pork with Brussels sprouts, dates, oregano and cider vinegar. Expect a full cocktail list. Dinner nightly. Madera Kitchen, 1835 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 213-261-3587.
 
Oliver’s Prime Steakhouse is now open in The Grafton on Sunset. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant’s design features stylish circular leather banquettes and wood accents amid atmospheric lighting. The menu features seafood and steaks including hamachi tataki, lobster Caprese, filet of bison and Creekstone Farms Prime Black Angus steaks. Also expect handcrafted cocktails and a high-end wine list. Oliver's Prime Steakhouse, 8462 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-491-9003.
 
Marc Kreiner (The Morrison) and designer/partner Kristofer Keith (Spacecraft Design Group) opened Ball & Chain, a beer and “meatballery,” in the Cahuenga Corridor. The restaurant features a gourmet meatball-centric menu and chef Michael Ruiz (Cobras and Matadors) offers ever-changing daily specials including a beer battered Turducken. To drink, expect craft brews on tap and unique beers by the bottle. Ball & Chain, 1643 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-465-2255.
 
Flores has relaunched as Ladies' Gunboat Society at Flores, featuring a Southern-inspired menu from chef Brian Dunsmoor (The Hart & the Hunter). Ladies' Gunboat Society at Flores, 2024 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 424-273-6469.
 
Newport Seafood, a Chinese seafood restaurant from the San Gabriel Valley, will be making its Beverly Hills debut on La Cienega’s Restaurant Row, in the space previously occupied by Xandros. Newport Seafood, 50 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, no phone.
 
Renowned Miami restaurateur Barton G. Weiss (Barton G. The Restaurant) has brought a dramatic 3,200-square-foot outpost of Barton G. The Restaurant to La Cienega in West Hollywood. The kitchen offers stylized, iconic American dishes including lobster pop tarts, Samurai tuna, and Voodoo shrimp rolls. Avant-garde cocktails feature herbal-based recipes of fruit and vegetable bouillons, infusions, purées and extractions. Barton G. The Restaurant, 861 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069, 310-388-1888.
 
The Trois Mec team --- Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) and Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites) --- will open a sister establishment next door called Petit Trois. Check in here to track its progress, and look for a summer 2014 opening. Petit Trois, 718 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
 

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BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse has launched a mobile app Order Ahead, Pay Online & More with BJ’s Mobile App
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse has launched a mobile app that gives diners the ability to place food orders in advance (Dine-In Order Ahead), settle the bill online (Mobile Pay) and move up in the seating line (Preferred Waitlist). The family-friendly restaurant chain estimates that this functionality will save guests an average of 20 minutes per visit. First-time BJ's app users can get $5 off an order of $20 or more using the Dine-In Order Ahead or Mobile Pay features through the app. For more information, visit www.bjsrestaurants.com
 
Stafford + Mathis Kitchen Debuts Outdoor Dining
Stafford + Mathis Kitchen debuts its expansive outdoor patio. Perched on the second floor of the Luxe City Center Hotel, directly across from L.A. Live, the restaurant now offers al fresco dining and panoramic views of downtown. Featuring an array of seating, the outdoor patio has private cabanas, a fire pit, water features and heaters for chilly Southern California nights. Stafford + Mathis Kitchen, Luxe City Center Hotel, 1020 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-743-7600.
 
Tempting Tomatoes
Salvatore Marino, chef-owner of Il Grano, is once again offering special tomato dishes on Wednesdays at lunch and dinner. In previous years, he's offered small plates like a "PBT" sandwich made with prosciutto, burrata and tomato. Il Grano, 11359 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 310-477-7886.
 
New Haute Street Food Happy Hour Menu
Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant is now offering an haute street food happy hour menu, Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Patrons can indulge in a caviar burger slider with pressed caviar, lettuce, fried egg, caviar aioli and french fries. There is also a playful smoked trout taco that comes with tequila-infused trout roe, cucumber ginger salsa and grapefruit. Select dishes for two are available as well, such as Petrossian caviar or hand-sliced smoked salmon, while drink specials include a caviar martini and the signature CaviarCube. Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant, 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310-271-6300.
 
Toscana Celebrates 25 Years
To celebrate Toscana’s Silver Anniversary in 2014, the Brentwood restaurant will present a “Toscana Classics” menu, showcasing some of its most popular dishes, from June 15 to August 15. Featured favorites will include insalata carciofi, Toscana’s original pollo al mattone, ravioli radicchio and others at their original 1989 prices. Pricing will be à la carte, available Sundays through Thursdays. Toscana, 11633 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-820-2448.
 
Café Röckenwagner Offers New $5 Pretzel "Happy Hour" Menu
Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Café Röckenwagner offers a "pretzel (happy) hour" menu of $5 items, including pretzel burgers, pretzel pizza, pretzel grilled cheese, pretzel dogs and pretzel twists with dip. There are also $6 beer and $7 wine specials. Café Röckenwagner, 1168 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-478-6313.
 
Newly Renovated X bar Re-Opens with New Burger-Centric Menu, Craft Beers and Cocktail Program
Century City’s Hyatt Regency Century Plaza’s X bar celebrates a renovation and reopening, complete with a new burger-centric menu, a craft beer bar and a new cocktail program featuring a combination of classic and contemporary drinks. The renovation boasts new furnishings, art, décor and the addition of communal tables. Luxe burgers include the “Oooh-Mommy” comprised of Wagyu beef, caramelized shallots, hoisin-glazed shiitake mushrooms, Cypress Grove Truffle Tremor goat cheese and kimchi aioli on butter-toasted brioche. Also, expect crab cakes and mini-sliders. The cocktail program consists of “Throwbacks” and “New School” creations, such as an Aperol Smash with Hudson Manhattan rye whiskey, Aperol, mint, lemon and simple syrup. X bar, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067, 310-551-3332.
 
Willie Jane Introduces New Daytime Bites
Just in time for summer, Willie Jane’s Ryan Costanza creates takeaway lunch items at the new Willie Jane’s Lemonade Stand, pairing housemade lemonades with a bountiful sandwich menu, as well as with salads and sides for pick up. Sandwiches include a grilled cheese with ale-braised short rib, onion marmalade and smoked gouda on sourdough; salads feature collards and kale tossed with preserved lemon, garbanzo beans, wheat berries and Parmesan vinaigrette. The Lemonade Stand is open Wednesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Willie Jane, 1031 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-392-2425.
 
Among the Red Hour offerings at Crustacean are a beef taco in a wonton shell Crustacean Launches New Happy Hour
Red Hour, the new happy hour at Crustacean in Beverly Hills, is held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the bar from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Special menu items (available only during Red Hour) include a beef taco in a wonton shell, lobster mousse ball and a smaller portion of the “Centennial” Wagyu beef, a recent dinner menu addition honoring the 100th anniversary of Beverly Hills. New Red Hour cocktails are featured along with several herb-infused non-alcoholic beverages. There is also a six-week Wednesday Red Hour Live Music Series, an invitation-only event for House of An VIP Insiders, celebrities and special guests. This series kicked off on May 21, 2014, with Pia Toscano (“American Idol”) and Jared Lee. Crustacean, 9646 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-205-8990.
 
Providence has undergone a redesign by House of Honey Redesign for Providence
Providence in Los Angeles has a reimagined interior by House of Honey that draws inspiration from the ocean and an Art Deco aesthetic, featuring dark blue velvet chairs, driftwood chandeliers and custom damask wallpaper painted in gold, rose, pearl and lapis hues. In addition, the patio has been enclosed and decorated in a similar style. Providence, 5955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-460-4170.
 

UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS

Former executive chef Kris Morningstar has left Ray's & Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. No details have been announced about his next move. Taking his place is Viet Pham. Ray's & Stark Bar, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-857-6180.
 

LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS


Chef Ben Ford's Culver City gastropub Ford's Filling Station has closed. The location at Los Angeles International Airport, (Delta, Terminal 5), remains open, and a downtown outpost of Ford’s Filling Station is scheduled to open at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live in fall 2014. Ford's Filling Station, 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
 
Allumette has closed Allumette in Echo Park has closed. Owners Charles Kelly and Bill DiDonna will likely open a new concept in the space, and wunderkind chef Miles Thompson has future projects in the works. Allumette, 1320 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
 
Popular Beverly Hills haunt Kate Mantilini closed June 14, 2014, after 27 years, due to a lease dispute. The location of Kate Mantilini in Woodland Hills remains open. Kate Mantilini, 9101 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
 
In Brentwood, the elegant Italian eatery Villetta has closed. It’s rumored that the folks behind AGO will reopen it with a new Italian concept. Villetta, 246 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402, no phone.
 
Near Studio City, Spoonful has closed and will be replaced by a third location of Mercado. Spoonful, 3413 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles, CA 90068, no phone.
 
In Hollywood, gourmet sausage spot District 13 will close to make way for a second location of Pork Belly’s. District 13, 1556 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-957-1313.
 
Haven Gastropub, a Pasadena favorite, has closed. The Orange County flagship in Old Towne Orange remains open. Haven Gastropub, 42 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105, no phone.
 
The Beverly Hills branch of monsieur marcel closed in late April 2014. Wally's, the wine and spirits shop, is in talks to take over the space. monsieur marcel, 447 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
 

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