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In Culver City on Washington Boulevard, the space once home to defunct Lyfe Kitchen will soon morph into OOAK Kitchen. Expect vegetarian Chinese fusion dishes, with an emphasis on noodles and wok cooking. OOAK Kitchen, 9540 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
 
The second outpost of Mark Peel’s “coastal casual” spot Prawn will land in Pasadena in summer 2017. Look for Seattle fish stew, warm albacore salad, classic clam chowder, fish and chips, and Veracruz shrimp salad, along with grain bowls and lobster rolls. To drink, expect house-made ginger lemonade and honey and mint limeade. Prawn, 16 Miller Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103, no phone.
 
In September 2017, the owners of Tsujita will open Killer Noodle on Sawtelle Boulevard in the former Ohana Burger space. Look for spicy Chinese-style dan dan noodles. Killer Noodle, 2030 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, no phone.
 
Publique will open later this year in Santa Monica’s former Border Grill space on Fourth Street, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The folks behind Zinqué in West Hollywood and Venice are launching the new eatery; they’ll add a large front patio, and offer a Mediterranean menu with North African dishes as well. Publique, 1445 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
 
In Summer 2017, chef Jordan Kahn will open 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, no phone.
 
Chef Steve Samson has opened RossoBlù in DTLA In the Fashion District in DTLA, chef Steve Samson (Sotto) has opened RossoBlù, where he features house-made salumi, Neapolitan pizzas, fresh pastas and dishes from the middle regions of Italy. RossoBlù, 9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 310-277-0210.
 
Partners Beau Laughlin (Sawyer, Kettle Black) and Steve Edwards of Assembly Group have opened Harbor House in the lobby at the Wedbush Center, an indoor-outdoor hangout at the heart of downtown's financial district. Expect a coffee bar, grab-and-go artisanal snack shop, cocktail lounge, restaurant and a sweeping outdoor garden patio. For breakfast, find acai bowls or apricot-pistachio scones from Suzanne Goin’s Larder Baking Company, along with Stumptown Coffee, cold-pressed juices and teas. Lunch offers poached salmon salad or a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich; happy hour offers craft cocktails, a West Coast wine list and 20 beers on tap. Harbor House, 1000 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 323-642-8393.
 
The Mar Vista executive chefs D. Brandon Walker, Jill Davie, and Jorge Rivas have opened their second concept, The MV Grab & Go, a counter-service café across the street from the sister property. It is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Menu items include breakfast tacos, a wild salmon wrap, torn potato poutine with guajillo pork, meatloaf, turkey meatballs, salads, sandwiches and pastas. The MV Grab & Go, 12226 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, no phone.
 
Chef Ricardo Zarate has opened Rosaliné in Los Angeles Chef Ricardo Zarate (formerly of Picca and Mo Chica) is up to bat again, and opened Rosaliné in the former Comme Ca space. Expect Peruvian dishes like beef heart anticuchos, lomo saltado and arroz con pollo with huancaina feta sauce. Rosaliné, 8479 Melrose Ave.
, Los Angeles, CA 90069, 323-297-9500.
 
Silverlake Ramen is opening a takeout outpost nearby in Echo Park, also on Sunset Boulevard, called Silverlake Ramen 2 Go. Expect the same savory ramen as at the original, some limited indoor seating and delivery to one’s car in the parking lot. Honk if you’re there for an early July 2017 opening. Silverlake Ramen 2 Go, 2212 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
 
Chef Maycoll Calderon, of Mexico City’s Huset, will open Tintorera in Silver Lake at the end of June 2017. The leafy, sprawling former Cowboys & Turbans patio will now be home to a full bar and Calderon’s menu featuring ceviches, aguachiles, tiraditos, stews and grilled meats --- just in time for summer. Tintorera, 2815 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
 
Heirloom LA catering partners Matthew Poley and Tara Maxey have opened Yolk & Flour in Cypress Park. The airy restaurant (in a former theater) features a patio, lunch and dinner Monday-Friday, and a takeaway counter; the Heirloom catering business will be housed here, too. The menu is vegetable intensive, but also offers some meat dishes. Look for the famous lasagna cupcakes to take center stage, along with salads, sandwiches, pizzas, tartines and the likes of pumpkin guacamole and tuna tartare with roe caviar on a crispy saffron risotto cake. Yolk & Flour, 3232 1/2 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065, no phone.
 
Hollywood’s historic Formosa Café will re-open later this year under new ownership by the 1933 Group, lately responsible for the impressive restorations of landmarks Highland Park Bowl and Idle Hour. The Formosa dates back to 1925, and was a favorite of Marilyn Monroe and many other stars. Look for a modern cocktail program and likely a return to nostalgic Asian eats. Formosa Cafe, 7156 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, no phone.
 
Chef Dave Beran will open Dialogue restaurant at The Gallery in Santa Monica 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, will offer an intimate tasting menu experience at The Gallery, the newly renovated food hall on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade. Look for a Summer 2017 opening. Dialogue, 1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
 
Hotelier Juan Torre teamed up with chef Paco Parreño of Delicat restaurant in Valencia, Spain, to bring the concept to Los Angeles. Delicat serves dinner at the Tuck Hotel in downtown’s Fashion District. Expect to find some twists on familiar dishes among the tapas and entrées, as in the burrata ice cream and lime air accompanying marinated tomatoes and guacamole in the “Just a Tomato Salad.” Delicat, 820 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-947-3815.
 
Chef Mark Peel (Campanile) flipped his Grand Central Market spot Bombo into a fast-casual seafood concept called Prawn. Look for seafood stews and chowders, fish and chips, warm albacore salad and lobster rolls, as well as grain bowls topped with daily seafood. Peel plans to multiply the eatery, following up the downtown location with one in Pasadena in late summer. Prawn, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, No phone.
 
Coly Den Haan (The Must, Perch) has opened Hot Hot Food on Hoover Street in the newest hipster Silver Lake/Virgil Village hotspot. (It’s near Sqirl, need we say more?) Eastsiders will like the comfortable booths, kitsch 70s art, jukebox and patio, and the mashup menu focusing on “LA fried rice” fusions. Look for fried rice plates with the likes of braised pork carnitas or jackfruit; candied and smoked bacon bits with coffee salt and eggs; and purple and green kale with mushrooms. Salads, chili, burgers, and avocado toast all day are available, too. To drink, find gourmet milkshakes, coffee and fresh juices. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Hot Hot Food, 654 N. Hoover St., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323-522-6927 .
 
Highland Park cult pastry fave Mr. Holmes Bakehouse has opened a location in Larchmont. Look for the “cruffin” craze to continue here – but be warned, they sell out quickly and there could be long lines. Cruffin flavors include peanut butter chocolate cream and cherry almond. Donuts come filled with cherry curd and blackberry thyme jam, and there are matcha and churro croissants, too, such as the signature California croissant, a savory version with smoked salmon, nori and wasabi. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, 248 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323-230-6675.
 
Shin-Sen-Gumi 2GO is a new Japanese restaurant with a unique drive-through option. Breakfast features a spam and egg rice burger, and you can grab a deluxe bento box for lunch for under $10. Look for a variety of ramen, musubi and gyoza, and for dessert, coffee jelly with fresh cream. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Shin-Sen-Gumi 2GO, 18203 S. Western Ave., Gardena, CA 90248, 310-324-3246.
 
Italian newcomer Giulia has opened at 7th and Hope in DTLA. Look for cicchetto like bone marrow with citrus marmalade, wild sea scallops and grilled octopus; pasta includes short rib manicotti and langoustine linguine; mains feature osso buco, chicken al mattone and Gorgonzola rib-eye. There’s also gourmet pizza, brunch and a late-night menu. Giulia, 701 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-279-5025.
 
Jean-Georges Beverly Hills has opened at Waldorf Astoria French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has opened his first California restaurant, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, at the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Vongerichten also oversees The Rooftop by JG, a more casual restaurant/bar situated alongside the rooftop pool. Watch GAYOT's exclusive interview with Jean-Georges Vongerichten and hotel owner Beny Alagem. Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-860-6666.
 
The Cat & Fiddle has opened in a new location Hollywood mourned the loss of its beloved The Cat & Fiddle, but the British pub has re-emerged on Highland Avenue in the former Mud Hen Tavern space. The Cat & Fiddle, 742 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-468-3800.
 
Chef Zach Pollack (Alimento) has opened Cosa Buona in Echo Park. Expect Italian-American fare like an eggplant Parmesan sandwich, mozzarella sticks, peel 'n' eat shrimp scampi and Hawaiian pizza. Cosa Buona, 2100 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-908-5211.
 
Yard House has opened in a prime downtown Burbank location across from the AMC Burbank 16 movie theater. Choose from 130 beers on draft and a wide-ranging menu of salads, tacos, pizzas, burgers, steaks and "house favorites" like jambalaya, Nashville hot chicken and fish and chips. Yard House, 100 E. Palm Ave., Burbank, CA 91502, 818-840-6700.
 
Chef Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois, etc.) will open Coffee & Waffles this June, operating out of a trailer parked at the Native Hotel on PCH in Malibu. Look for several sweet and savory waffles, and coffee from local roasters Eucalyptus & Pine. Coffee & Waffles, Native Hotel, 28920 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265, 424-644-0517.
 
Frankland’s Crab & Co. has opened in Encino Chef Phillip Frankland Lee brings a casual new “seafood shack” experience to his hometown of Encino, with Frankland's Crab & Co. Scratch|Restaurants again assembles their team of pastry chef Margarita Kallas-Lee, barman Devon Espinosa, and designer Jordan Olson for this latest venture. Look for by-the-pound fresh catches like chilled white gulf prawns, wild-caught king crab legs, or Maine lobster; there’s also branzino fish and chips, shellfish chowder, and fried oysters and clams. Frankland’s Crab & Co., Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., #250, Encino, CA 91436, 818-906-9609.
 
Anca Caliman (Lemon Poppy Kitchen) has opened a charming storefront Romanian restaurant, Parsnip, on York Boulevard in Highland Park. Look for traditional cooking suited to an LA palate: eggplant dip, dumplings stuffed with polenta and peppers, flatbread with feta and dill and Romanian chopped salad. Heartier fare includes beef goulash, stuffed cabbage and chicken paprikash. Parsnip, 5623 York Blvd., Highland Park, CA 90042, 323-739-0240.
 
A stylish Café Gratitude spinoff (and sister to the Newport Beach flagship) has opened on Canon Drive in Beverly Hills. Gratitude offers an upscale, all-organic plant-based menu and has a light, bright setting that includes original art, chic banquettes and Moroccan tile. The patio boasts marble tables and olive trees. Executive chef Dreux Ellis (Café Gratitude) prepares some greatest hits from his other café menus, like mole enchiladas and pad thai kelp noodles, as well as new specials to be announced. Gratitude, 419 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 424-389-1850.
 
Filifera is a hip neighborhood rooftop hangout at the new Hollywood Proper Residences Spiffy new Hollywood Proper Residences offers residents and the general public a hip neighborhood rooftop hangout, Filifera, just in time for summer. Kelly Wearstler designed the sleek poolside space overlooking a twinkling Hollywood landscape. Look for seasonal handcrafted cocktails like the Lavender Collins and Passionfruit Fizz, as well as select wine and beer. Snacks include cheese and charcuterie plates, and nibbles such as olives, pickles and crudités. Filifera, Hollywood Proper Residences, 1550 N. El Centro Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-499-4009.
 
“Machete” actor and budding restaurateur Danny Trejo continues his culinary expansion across Los Angeles with Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts in Hollywood. Traditional donuts (glazed, cinnamon crumb, etc.) can be found alongside Mexican-inspired creations in flavors like horchata, tequila-lime, Mexican hot chocolate and tres leches. Trejo's Coffee & Donuts, 6785 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-462-4600.
 
Chef Daniel Mattern and pastry chef/baker Roxana Jullapat (Campanile, a.o.c., Cooks County) have opened Friends & Family in East Hollywood’s Thai Town. Expect morning eggs, pancakes and elevated bakery goods; and for lunch, salads, quiche, grain bowls, and hot and cold sandwiches. Dinner (coming soon, along with wine) will be more ambitious. The front counter is stocked with pastries and takeaway loaves. A full lineup of Counter Culture coffee and espresso drinks is available. Friends & Family, 5150 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-668-2000.
 
Vegan restaurant Cruciferous has opened on Fountain and Vine in Hollywood. Look for fresh from-scratch pastas, bread baked in-house daily, and main dishes crafted from local farmers market vegetables, as well as various fermented foods. Elevated plant-based fare includes General Tso’s Brussels sprouts, green spring risotto, smoked chili-rubbed cauliflower, kabocha squash donuts and roasted banana flan. Wine should be coming soon. Cruciferous, 1253 Vine St., Ste. 8, Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
 
Co-founders Lawrence Rudolph and chef Joe Miller have named Santa Monica’s new Rudy & Hudson California Diner after their respective grandfathers. Striving to balance a classic New York City luncheonette and iconic California roadside coffee shop, Rudy & Hudson offers a menu of elevated traditional diner fare, as well as breakfast all day. Look for the likes of french toast filled with toasted coconut and banana with passion fruit sauce and powdered sugar, Cobb salad, a smoked brisket sandwich, barbecue baby-back ribs, California sand dabs and buttermilk fried chicken. Rudy & Hudson California Diner, 1920 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404, 424-581-6444.
 
From the Rustic Canyon crew comes Tallula's, a Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica. In this vibrant, casual spot, guests can tuck in to turkey enchiladas, fish tacos, lamb and black beer "birria" and more. Tallula's, 118 Entrada Dr., Santa Monica, CA 90402, 310-526-0027.
 
Chef Chris Phelps has opened Breakfast by Salt’s Cure Chef Chris Phelps has opened Breakfast by Salt's Cure in the original West Hollywood location of Salt's Cure. Diners can dig into the signature oatmeal griddle cakes, along with variations incorporating TCHO dark chocolate chips, bananas and toasted walnuts, pink lady apples and spiced brown sugar, or blueberries and flax crumble. Breakfast by Salt's Cure, 7494 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-848-4879.
 
Chef-owners and partners Emily Fiffer and Heather Sperling have opened Botanica in Silver Lake. The restaurant’s design includes high ceilings with exposed wooden beams; elements of concrete, wood and neon; and a market, bar and back patio. Look for contemporary dishes like caramelized leek and fava tartine with lemon and rosemary, cast-iron pimenton clams with Red Fife wheat berries, and spiced grilled lamb kebabs. Botanica, 620 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-522-6106.
 
Dominique Ansel will open a bakery and restaurant at The Grove in Los Angeles French pastry chef Dominique Ansel, chef/owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery and Dominique Ansel Kitchen, will open 189 by Dominique Ansel, a bakery and full-service restaurant at The Grove in Los Angeles. Patrons routinely line up for his famous invention the "Cronut," a half croissant-half doughnut. However, this project will also feature savory options and a full bar program. Look for a Fall 2017 opening. For more information, visit the official website. 189 by Dominique Ansel, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
 
Mama Lion is the new, swank restaurant from chef Michael Hung Mama Lion, the new, swank restaurant from chef Michael Hung (formerly of Viviane and Faith & Flower), makes its debut in Koreatown on Western Avenue and Sixth Street, near the Wiltern Theater. Look for a contemporary menu and elevated cocktails by Aidan Demarest. Mama Lion, 601 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005, 213-377-5277.
 
TAO Group’s expansive complex surrounding the Dream Hollywood hotel includes hipster-luxe, late-night pizza joint Luchini Pizzeria & Bar. Look for specialty cocktails like the “Smokin’ Hot Peach” with mezcal, peach schnapps and citrus, and reasonably priced beer and wines by the glass. Choose from two styles of pizza --- Neapolitan and Sicilian --- with classic toppings as well as the likes of wild mushrooms and pickled jalapeños. Beyond pizza, there’s also a Fontina cheeseburger, marinara braised spare ribs, antipasto, salad and avocado crostini. Lunch & Dinner daily. Luchini Pizzeria & Bar, 1607 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-593-7771.
 
Culver City denizens will be happy to discover chef Josef Centeno (Bäco Mercat, P.Y.T., Orsa & Winston) has opened BäcoShop on Washington Boulevard, in the former Chop Daddy’s space. The star attraction is the chef’s well-loved bäco sandwich, made with specialty house-baked bread and filled with items such as coffee-rubbed grilled steak and charred scallion, chili shrimp, slow-roasted pork and fava fritters. Also find salads (you can add a bäco filling) and sophisticated vegetable dishes, as well as sides like pasta and potato salad. Desserts include daily soft serve and rice pudding. To drink, expect wine and beer, including the signature BäcoBeer Sumac Imperial IPA. Lunch & Dinner daily. BäcoShop, 9552 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 424-258-6301.
 
The Rosy Oyster is a seasonal poolside pop-up bar at The Hollywood Roosevelt. Model/sommelier and ex-New Yorker Lelañea Fulton (Dirty French, Megu) curates a hip wine list for what’s sure to be a hot destination this summer just off the hotel’s Tropicana pool. The extensive rosé program offers ten rosé wines by the glass as well as high acid whites, playful reds, a sharp focus on grower Champagne, and “fun orange wine,” vermouth and sherry. Wines are paired with a fresh, rotating selection of oysters. The Rosy Oyster, The Hollywood Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-856-1970.
 
The former Jerry’s Deli space in West Hollywood is now home to Granville. The expansive restaurant offers skylights, a generous bar and a patio. Look for American classics like burgers, club sandwiches, big salads, steaks, fish and pastas, as well as lighter California fare such as roasted beets, a “paleo plate,” a poke or poblano quinoa bowl, and yuzu lemon mousse. Granville, 8701 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 424-522-5161.
 
Authentic Neapolitan-style pizza has arrived in Brentwood, courtesy of at Pizzana Authentic Neapolitan-style pizza has arrived in Brentwood, courtesy of at Pizzana on San Vicente Boulevard. Chef Daniele Uditi hails from Naples, so expect traditional pies from an Italian wood-burning oven. Co-owner Candace Nelson (Sprinkles Cupcakes) is in charge of desserts. Look for beer and wine, too. http://pizzana.com/. Pizzana, 11712 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-481-7108.
 
Chef Ernesto Uchimura (Plan Check) has opened Electric Owl in the former Gardner Junction space in Hollywood. Look for casual Cal-Med dishes, beer, wine and cocktails, and a patio. Dinner Wed.-Sun.. Electric Owl, 1451 N. Gardner St., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-545-6565.
 
Chef Kyle Schutte’s new restaurant The Flats has opened in Beverly Hills in the former Red Medicine space, offering small plates, flatbreads and salads with a contemporary twist. The former “Cutthroat Kitchen” star creates dishes like goat cheese and thyme polenta with roasted mushroom consommé, fennel, tomato kimchi and sorrel; panzanella salad with cornbread, fennel, citrus and a white honey-peach vinegar sorbet; and duck confit flatbread with caramelized red onion, red wine pudding, toasted caraway, herbed goat cheese, pickled red cabbage and baby herbs. The Flats, 8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-909-7549.
 
Felix has opened in Venice Felix, the Italian restaurant from chef Evan Funke (formerly of Bucato), makes its debut in Venice. Expect house-made pastas, wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and other seasonal Italian specialties. Felix, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 424-387-8622.
 
Washington, D.C. import Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken has set up shop in downtown Los Angeles. The uniquely flavored treats include crème brûlée and PB&J. The genius, though, is turning a savory doughnut into a fried chicken sandwich. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, 516 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-622-7876.
 
Blu Jam Café will reportedly open its fifth U.S. location, this one in DTLA’s Spring Arcade Building in the former BierBeisl Imbiss space, in summer 2017. Look for its famous brunches with luxe Benedicts, omelets and pancakes, and blues music accompaniment. Blu Jam Café, Spring Arcade Building, 541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
 
Matthew Kaner (Covell) will open a new, not-yet-named wine bar in Atwater Village in the Ozu East Kitchen space. Look for curated wines and wine country cuisine from around the globe for dinner and brunch.
 
Woodley Proper is open in Encino Husband-and-wife team Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee partnered with mixologist Devon Espinosa on Woodley Proper, a cocktail lounge sharing the same complex in Encino as Scratch Bar & Kitchen. Woodley Proper, Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, 818-906-9775.
 
Chef Raphael Lunetta (JiRaffe) has opened his new eponymous restaurant Lunetta All Day on Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica. The “modern neighborhood diner” has an all-day menu with items like a savory grain bowl of wheat berries, freekeh, farro, marinated greens, blistered red onions, lemon-herb vinaigrette, pepita romesco and poached egg; a vanilla bulgar and freekeh porridge topped with blueberries, turbinado, pecans and caramelized bananas; and salads and sandwiches. At dinnertime, look for pasilla negro-rubbed grilled carnitas, rotisserie small-eye prime rib or fried Jidori chicken. Lunetta, a more formal dining room located next door, serves seasonal California fare. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Lunetta All Day, 2420 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-581-4201.
 
CREAM (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me) has opened a location in North Hollywood. The chain is known for handcrafted ice cream sandwich combinations using warm, freshly baked cookies or other confections such as brownies, waffles or do’sants. Expect flavors ranging from banana walnut fudge to cin-ful churro, salted caramel and soy blueberry. Also find gluten-free and vegan cookie sandwiches. Open daily. CREAM, 11135 Magnolia Blvd., Ste. 170, North Hollywood, CA 91601, 818-993-1759.
 
Verlaine has opened in West Hollywood Baja California’s renowned chef Diego Hernandez (Corazon de Tierra) has opened Verlaine. This contemporary Mexican restaurant is located in West Hollywood in the former Dominick’s space on Beverly Boulevard. Verlaine, 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 424-288-4621.
 
TAO Group and celebrity chef Chris Santos have opened a Los Angeles location of Beauty & Essex, the pawn shop/restaurant/lounge concept that originated in 2010 in NYC and has since expanded to Las Vegas. The restaurant group has also launched a branch of Asian bistro TAO. Beauty & Essex, 1615 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-676-8880.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Castaway to Close for Renovations
As of August 6, 2017, Burbank’s hilltop steakhouse restaurant The Castaway will close for renovations for six months. Look for refreshed banquet rooms and a new, expanded patio offering a view when it reopens next year. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.. The Castaway, 1250 E. Harvard Rd., Burbank, CA 91501, 818-848-6691.
 
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.
 
Plan Check x Thug Kitchen Takeover Menu for June
During the month of June, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar (Sawtelle Boulevard, Fairfax Avenue, Wilshire Boulevard, Ocean Avenue) partners with attitude-fueled vegans Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway of Thug Kitchen to offer a limited-run Plan Check x Thug Kitchen Takeover Menu ($3-$15) featuring plant-based twists on the restaurant’s classics. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the West Hollywood Food Coalition. Menu highlights include the Lazy Hunt Burger (kidney beans, smoked almonds and umeboshi paste seasoned patty topped with lettuce, caramelized onions and avocado); Popcorn Cauliflower (breaded with fried chicken-inspired spices and baked to a crisp); and a special cocktail, Fool’s Gold (mezcal, pineapple purée, orange blossom simple syrup, lime juice and mint).
 
SOCA Launches New Happy Hour Bar Menu & Spanish Gin Tonics
In Sherman Oaks, SOCA has launched a new bar menu featuring Latin and Asian-inspired seafood bites in addition to six signature Spanish Gin Tonics. Expect elevated G&Ts like the No. 1 (Gin Mare, Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic, kumquats, thyme) and No. 5 (Spirit Guild Astral Gin, Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic, satsuma, lemongrass, makrut leaf). Happy hour nibbles include oysters with a bacon-herb crust and manchego, lobster roll on brioche and Korean crab dumplings. Available daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. ($10-15). SOCA, 14015 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818-301-4300.
 
Wolfgang Puck has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wolfgang Puck Honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Celebrity chef/restaurateur Wolfgang Puck has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television. His credits include five seasons of "Wolfgang Puck" on the Food Network, as well as guest appearances on "The Simpsons" and "Frasier." Recently, Puck launched The Rogue Experience, a special tasting menu experience at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. GAYOT named him Best Restaurateur in the U.S. in 2010.
 
New Cocktails at Faith & Flower
Faith & Flower has a new spring drinks menu from new bar manager Adam Fournier (Areal) and director of bar programs Ryan Wainwright. It features spirit-focused classics and an “Awards Tour.” Look for “English Milk Punch” and “Siren’s Song” (Edinburgh Seaside gin, nori-infused dry vermouth, pink Himalayan saline and house pickled sea beans). Fournier will also bring Whiskey Wednesdays to Faith & Flower, during which he will open a discussion on one specific bottle each week including small batch, rare and vintage varieties. Faith & Flower, Watermarke Tower, 705 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-239-0642.
 
What's Next for Chef Ben Ford
The Branstetter Group hospitality company has partnered with chef Ben Ford to launch a fast-casual chicken concept and also grow Ford’s Filling Station. The chef and his wife/business partner envision a modern day roadside” chicken concept inspired by the American chicken shacks with locations along the highway. Look for a classic menu of high-quality chicken, sandwiches, crinkle-cut fries, shakes, seasonal fruit hand pies, beer, wine and more. The flagship outpost will be announced shortly.
 
Wednesday ICHIBA Tasting Menu at Hinoki & the Bird
At Hinoki & the Bird, chef Brandon Kida’s new ICHIBA tasting menu is available every Wednesday night. (“Ichiba” means “market” in Japanese.) The five-course menu is created with in-season ingredients the chef picks out at the Santa Monica Farmers Market that morning. Hinoki & the Bird, The Century, 10 W. Century Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 310-552-1200.
 

UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS

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.
 
Chef Luciano Pellegrini has returned to Valentino Chef Luciano Pellegrini has returned to Valentino, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Italian Restaurants in the U.S., in the role of executive consulting chef. A native of Bergamo, Italy, he moved to the United States in 1985 and began working with restaurateur Piero Selvaggio, eventually becoming executive chef and partner of Valentino Las Vegas. Together with chef de cuisine Tommaso Tarantino, they have crafted a new menu featuring dishes such as smoked quail on potato and asparagus salad with blueberry sauce; fresh tagliatelle with creamy sweet Gorgonzola and homemade egg yolk bottarga; and bone marrow stuffed veal shank braised with vin santo served with soft polenta. Valentino, 3115 W. Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-829-4313.
 
Andreas Roller has been announced as the executive chef of Patina Andreas Roller has been announced as the executive chef of Patina, the flagship restaurant of Joachim Splichal's Patina Restaurant Group. Chef Roller recently helmed the kitchen at Splichal’s Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse and has demonstrated a dedication to finding top-quality ingredients from both local and global sources. Patina, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-972-3331.
 

LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Brentwood's Early World coffee shop will close this summer. Early World, 11938 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-826-3246.
 
Chef Sevan Abdessian's gastropub 51 Tavern (formerly Recess Eatery) in Highland Park has closed. 51 Tavern, 5022 York Blvd., Highland Park, CA 90042, no phone.
 
Malibu Farm Pier Café at the end of the Malibu Pier is temporarily closed for renovations. In the meantime, guests can still visit Malibu Farm Restaurant & Bar at the beginning of the pier. Malibu Farm Pier Café, Malibu Pier, 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265, 310-456-1112.
 
Chef Vic Casanova’s Italian steakhouse, Pistola, has closed. Casanova will move his pasta restaurant Gusto into the West Third Street space. Pistola, 8022 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
 
Peruvian restaurant Picca shuttered after service on June 4, 2017. Picca, 9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, no phone.
 
Andrew Kirschner's seafood spot SMYC (Santa Monica Yacht Club) has shuttered. SMYC, 620 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
 
Atwater Village has lost longtime favorite Canelé 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, no phone.
 
Rustic Kitchen Market & Café is temporarily closed due to smoke and water damage from a fire in the building. Rustic Kitchen Market & Café, 3523 S. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-390-1500.
 
Chef Mark Peel replaced Bombo at Grand Central Market with Prawn Chef Mark Peel replaced Bombo at Grand Central Market with a new seafood-focused concept called Prawn. Angelenos will remember Peel from his fine-dining restaurant Campanile, which shuttered in 2012. (A more casual spin-off serves hungry travelers at LAX.) Bombo, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, No phone.
 
Brunch fave Doughboys has closed on West Third Street due to rising costs, but the owners hope to resurrect some of the restaurant’s popular items in an upcoming “Doughboys on the Run” concept. Doughboys, 8136 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
 
Atwater’s charming Asian spot Ozu East Kitchen will end dinner service April 1, 2017, and offer suppers and pop-ups through April 30. A wine bar from Matthew Kaner will move into the space. Ozu East Kitchen, 3224 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-284-8773.
 

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