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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 in Hollywood 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.
 
Mama Lion, the new, swank restaurant from chef Michael Hung (formerly of Viviane and Faith & Flower), will open in spring 2017 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, no phone.
 
Patina Restaurant Group has opened The BoardRoom 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 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 will open a new kosher Jewish eatery, Fleishik’s Sandwiches, Nosh & Whiskey, on Beverly Boulevard in March 2017. Look for traditional Jewish cooking, both deli and homestyle, including brisket, kugel, salads and pastrami sandwiches. There will be a full bar but don’t expect cocktails on Shabbat – the kosher restaurant will be closed sundown to sundown Friday to Saturday; otherwise there will be lunch and dinner service. Fleishik’s Sandwiches, Nosh & Whiskey, 7563 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
 
Voodoo Doughnut has opened at Universal CityWalk 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.
 
Chef Raphael Lunetta (formerly of since-shuttered JiRaffe) and the team behind Maple Block Meat Company will open Lunetta (and more casual sibling Lunetta All Day) in the former Josie space in Santa Monica. Lunetta, 2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
 
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.
 
Baja California’s renowned chef Diego Hernandez (Corazon de Tierra) will soon open a contemporary Mexican restaurant, Verlaine, in West Hollywood in the former Dominick’s space on Beverly Boulevard. Verlaine, 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 424-288-4621.
 
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.
 
Chef Jordan Kahn with Sophie Gayot 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 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.
 
Dominique Ansel will open a bakery and restaurant in Los Angeles 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 in Los Angeles. (The address has not yet been confirmed.) Patrons routinely line up for his famous invention the "Cronut," a half croissant-half doughnut. His other signature creations include "Frozen S'mores" and "Cookie Shots."
 
Restaurateur Stéphane Bombet and chef Scott Conant opened The Ponte 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 Kettlebrings 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 21 Royal, an exclusive new dining experience 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.
 
Jean-Georges will open at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills 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.
 
Shake Shack has set up shop in the Westfield Century City mall Shake Shack has set up shop in the Westfield Century City mall. The New York-based chain is known for its burgers, hot dogs, crinkle cut fries and "concretes" (frozen custard). Shake Shack, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 424-218-0076.
 
Brooklyn chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson teamed up with chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) to open Kismet, a modern Mediterranean concept in Los Feliz. Kismet, 4648 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-409-0404.
 
Tartine Manufactory will open in Los Angeles Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine Manufactory in San Francisco are teaming up with Pizzeria Bianco chef/owner Chris Bianco and restaurateur Bill Chait on a Los Angeles location of Tartine Manufactory. Tartine Manufactory, 746 Terminal St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
 
Belle Belle’s Cue is now open for lunch on Cesar Chavez Avenue in Chinatown. Owner Justin Mi makes all sauces, rubs, sides and pickles in-house. The Texas-style BBQ menu has four types of wood-fired meat served by the half-pound family style, including brisket and turkey. Look for pulled pork sandwiches topped with homemade coleslaw. Expect potato salad, mac & cheese and creamed corn, too. For dessert, there’s homemade pecan pie. Belle Belle's Cue, 701 W. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 323-897-9227.
 
The Peppermint Club has opened in West Hollywood The h.wood Group’s John Terzian and Brian Toll partnering with Interscope Records have debuted a live music space called The Peppermint Club in West Hollywood. The h.wood Group’s Food & Beverage specialist Adam Koral oversees a signature mixology program with cocktails like The Billboard (Virginia Black whiskey, muddled strawberry, honey, lemon juice and soda). Expect a light ‘Snacks’ menu offering panini and finger foods. There will also be lounge-style bottle service and entertainment by resident artists and special guest performances. The Peppermint Club, 8713 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310-859-1011.
 
For serious sushi connoisseurs, Sushi Ginza Onodera has landed in West Hollywood. This world-renowned chain’s flagship is in Ginza (with siblings in New York, Paris, Hawaii and Shanghai). Reservations are a must at the 16-seat blond-wood jewel box on Melrose and La Cienega; omakase, the sole option, starts at $300 per person. Chef Yohei Matsuki is transplanted from the acclaimed New York location. Look for wild-caught seasonal fish that changes daily and, of course, high-end saké to accompany. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Sushi Ginza Onodera, 609 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-433-4817.
 
The 1920’s-themed Edmon has opened in the Hollywood Historic Hotel, injecting a bit of Art Deco glamour into the dustier side of Melrose Avenue with both a dining room and luxe bar. Beneath chandeliers and dark wood chef Gabriel Cappelli (Saint Martha) offers elegant American dishes like braised short ribs, double bone pork chops, scallops with lobster rillettes, and brûléed oysters and clams. Shaun Cole (Harvard and Stone, the Parish) oversees the fine, updated classic cocktail list. There’s live music too. Dinner Tues.-Sun. The Edmon, Historic Hollywood Hotel, 5168 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038, 323-645-5225.
 
Di Alba has opened in DTLA’s Arts District, offering specialty Roman-style focaccia sandwiches from chef Nina Clemente. Look for a breakfast focaccia with smoked salmon and caper lemon gremolata, a Parma focaccia with prosciutto and rosemary roasted grapes, and salads like beet and avocado with sherry vinaigrette and black quinoa with pomegranate and citrus. Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun. Di Alba, 827 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
 
The Mar Vista serves progressive Los Angeles cuisine Executive chef D. Brandon Walker, chef Jill Davie (Josie) and Jorge Rivas have opened neighborhood restaurant The Mar Vista. The menu of “progressive Los Angeles cuisine” includes dishes like lamb churrasco with curried couscous, crispy kale and mint chimichurri. Bluegrass or jazz bands liven things up on Friday and Saturday nights. The Mar Vista, 12249 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-751-6773.
 
In East Hollywood, pizza fans are happy to discover the new NY Crust on Santa Monica Boulevard. Expect a thin crust and many specialty pies with toppings ranging from chicken breast, fresh tomatoes and artichokes to traditional items like pepperoni and sausage. Also find chicken wings, pastas, subs and salads, and Sicilian cannoli for dessert. Lunch & Dinner daily. NY Crust, 5421 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-745-0400.
 
For cutting-edge mezcal cocktails, a fine, far-ranging mezcal list and a hip, south of the border DTLA vibe, head to Mezcalero near Pershing Square. Mixologist Nathan McCullough’s inventive specialty cocktails incorporate fresh ingredients, from bell peppers to pineapple, celery and mint, as well as house-made burnt tortilla syrup and habanero tincture. Expect a nice selection of tacos, including roasted pork, fried chicken, octopus and cod. Dinner nightly. Mezcalero, 510 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-628-3337.
 
Silver Lake’s old watering hole on Hyperion Avenue, Barbarella, has partly morphed into The Friend, a fun, artsy bar featuring pinball, works by Kenny Scharf and an upscale bar menu from chef Eric Greenspan. Look for craft cocktails alongside dishes such as buckwheat, corn and artichoke blini with olive tapenade and basil pistou, charcuterie plate, steak frites skewers, avocado toast, a couscous bowl and profiteroles. Greenspan’s full restaurant, Maré, will open in the next door annex. Dinner nightly. The Friend, 2611 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-522-6835.
 
Parisian mini-chain Mon Petit Poulet has expanded to the United States with this Venice location. The restaurant's specialty is rotisserie chicken accompanied by simple sides. Mon Petit Poulet, 705 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-314-2016.
 
TAO Group and celebrity chef Chris Santos will open 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 will also open a branch of Asian bistro TAO.
 
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.
 
Chef Ricardo Zarate (formerly of Picca and Mo Chica) is up to bat again, and will open Rosaliné in the former Comme Ca space on Melrose. Expect Peruvian dishes like trout tiradito, Peruvian pork belly, tuna ceviche salad and sweet potato fritters with manchego, jalapeño and stinging nettle.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 Mirko Paderno has revamped the menu at casual espresso/wine bar Vinoteca 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 in Hollywood is debuting a new late night happy hour 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.
 

UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS

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.
 
Sophie Gayot with chef Nyesha Arrington, who announced that she is cutting ties with Leona 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.
 

LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

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.
 
Italian restaurant Bianconi is temporarily closed due to a fire. Bianconi, 8338 W. Third St., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 323-879-9777.
 
3 Square Café + Bakery in Venice closed after service on January 29, 2017. 3 Square Café + Bakery, 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
 
BLD shuttered at the end of January 2017 BLD, the beloved brunch spot from Neal and Amy Knoll Fraser, shuttered at the end of January 2017. The decade-old restaurant thanked its patrons and staff in a statement on its facebook page. BLD, 7450 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
 
The nearly century-old Formosa Cafe has closed. No word on if the closure is permanent or if it will reopen after a revamp or sale. Formosa Cafe, 7156 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, no phone.
 
Century City seafood mainstay Gulfstream has closed. No word on what will replace this large Westfield Century City mall space. Gulfstream, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, no phone.
 
Terrine has closed Adieu, Terrine! The French brasserie from restaurateur Stéphane Bombet and chef Kris Morningstar closed its doors after New Year's Eve 2017 after two years of service. Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
 
Studio City’s charming Mexican seafood spot Maradentro has closed to make way for a more casual taco and cocktail joint this spring. Fans can still find most of the restaurant’s menu essentials at the Brentwood Maradentro location. Maradentro, 11929 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, no phone.
 
In Chinatown’s Far East Plaza Ramen Champ closed on December 31, 2016. Ramen Champ, Far East Plaza, 727 N. Broadway. Ste. 203, Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
 
Legendary beachside restaurant Gladstone Your days to enjoy a beachside meal at Gladstone's may be numbered. Its agreement with the County of Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors is reportedly scheduled to end in October 2017. Gladstone's, 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, 310-454-3474.
 

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