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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

Chef Evan Funke (Bucato) will open Felix this summer in the recently closed Joe’s Restaurant space in Venice on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Expect exceptional house-made pastas, wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and other seasonal Italian specialties. Felix, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice , CA 90291, no phone.
 
In Highland Park, The Greyhound Bar & Grill owners James Bygrave, Ryan Julio and Matt Glassman have opened a chic cocktail lounge on Figueroa called ETA. Expect fresh, creative craft cocktails from mixologist Mauricio Canales (Bar Ama, Mercado), as well as beer and wine and bar snacks. ETA, 5630 N. Figueroa Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
 
Southern fried chicken takes center stage in La Cañada at Honeybird. Diners can buy chicken pieces à la carte or as combo meal alongside the likes of watermelon salad with cucumbers, mint, jicama and jalapeno; collard greens with applewood smoked bacon, brown sugar and cider vinegar; and rainbow kale and quinoa salad. There’s beer and wine to drink, plus a slew of pies from pecan to Key lime for dessert. Lunch and Dinner Tues.-Sat. Honeybird, 714 Foothill Blvd.
, La Cañada, CA 91011, 818-415-0489.
 
miro has opened in downtown Los Angeles DTLA’s former Cucina Rustica has become miro, now open in the Financial District. It features two levels, a mid-century design, a dramatic soaring ceiling with a skylight framing city skyscrapers, and a dedicated whiskey room with 400 bottles. Executive chef Gavin Mills offers a modern Cal-Med menu with the likes of bacalao and potato croquetas with piri piri, roasted bone marrow, strozzapreti with morel mushroom and fava bean, a lamb kofta tagine, and dry-aged porterhouse with truffle potato gratin. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat. miro, 888 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-988-8880.
 
KazuNori, chef Kazunori Nozawa's sushi concept specializing in hand rolls, will open a location in Westwood. A Santa Monica branch is also reportedly in the works. KazuNori, 1110 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, no phone.
 
Chef Chris Oh and restaurateur Stéphane Bombet will open a second location of their modern KBBQ restaurant Hanjip in downtown L.A. Hanjip, 716 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
 
Phillip Frankland Lee (Scratch Bar & Kitchen, The Gadarene Swine) is teaming up with Luke Reyes to open Oh Man! Ramen in Encino in late Summer 2016. The menu will offer cold and hot shareable plates, hibachi-grilled proteins, and traditional ramen bowls with vegan and gluten-free noodle options. Every item will be made from scratch, including an all-natural version of "MSG." Oh Man! Ramen, Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., #242, Encino, CA 91436, no phone.
 
Chef Ludo Lefebvre announced plans to open a second location of Petit Trois Chef Ludo Lefebvre announced plans to open a second location of Petit Trois in the San Fernando Valley. No word yet on where exactly the French bistro will be situated. Petit Trois, 718 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-468-8916.
 
Chef Johnny Zone and his wife, Amanda Chapman, previously with La Poubelle, found Nashville hot chicken so inspired that they launched a food truck that featured the dish. The couple retired their truck in order to open Howlin' Ray's at Chinatown’s Far East Plaza. Get angry bird on the bone at spice levels from "country fried" (mild) to "howlin’ hot" (incendiary). Howlin' Ray's, 727 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-935-8399.
 
Roy Choi, who skyrocketed to culinary fame with his Kogi Truck’s famous Korean/Mexican fusion tacos, has brought them to Kogi Taqueria, a brick-and-mortar spot in Palms. Kogi Taqueria, 3500 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034, no phone.
 
Westwood’s Tacos Tu Madre has opened a second location on Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz, adjacent Los Feliz 3 Theater. The venue is tiny but patio tables on Russell Avenue are good for people-watching and noshing on gourmet tacos full of carne asada, lamb birria, duck mole and ahi tuna. The eatery is open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tacos Tu Madre Los Feliz, 1824 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, no phone.
 
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop’s sixth location is now open on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. Expect the fast-casual, grab-and-go salads and entrées the other locations are known for. What’s new at this spot is a unique cocktail program utilizing fresh ingredients like lavender (pulled from an on-site garden), bee pollen and activated charcoal. Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, 1239 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-399-9400.
 
The Guild offers progressive California cuisine, including dishes like wild mushroom bruschetta with quail egg, crimini & oyster mushrooms; bone marrow with braised beef tongue, caramelized onions, gremolata, and crispy shallots; and striped bass with ginger, scallion and peanut miso sauce, plus corn, edamame, bell pepper, and bread crumbs. Owner Diego Leporini is also the restaurant’s wine director. Expect an extensive list of wines by the bottle and glass, including varietals from international boutique producers and a robust collection from California. The Guild, 8741 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-279-9601.
 
Los Feliz will be home to a cozy new drinking spot on Vermont Avenue as of this summer. Bukowski’s will offer a selection of craft beers, wine and snacks, as well as assorted books and décor that pay homage to the writer the venue is named after. Bukowski's, 4650 Kingswell Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, no phone.
 
French-Mediterranean restaurant L'Ami has replaced The Little Door in Santa Monica. Parisian owner Marc-Antoine Rambaud presents two Mediterranean-inspired open-air terraces, arched passageways and blue ceilings in the 4,500-square-foot space that includes a bar with a fireplace. Chef Francis Bey (Lilly's French Restaurant) helms the kitchen, and menu items include Maine lobster salad, foie gras au torchon, day boat scallops, and filet mignon tournedos. The restaurant offers a full bar, daily happy hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a weekend brunch. L'Ami, 246 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402, 310-310-8064.
 
At Firestone Walker Brewing Company, on the corner of Lincoln and Washington boulevards, visitors will find a restaurant and lounge, a retail space, and a rustic-ales program in the barrel-aging cellar. Expect menu options like 18-hour smoked brisket, pork belly tacos, pizzas, and vegetarian offerings such as tempeh banh mi, plus ideas for beer pairings. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, 3205 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, 310-439-8264.
 
This spring, Mast Brothers Chocolate will open their Arts District factory and shop, where you can find highly artisanal chocolate made from foraged Peruvian beans. Brothers Rick and Michael Mast plan to make some of their ganaches with local honey, rose geranium and Angel City Brewery beer. Other flavors feature goat milk, olive oil and maple. Mast Brothers Chocolate, 816 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
 
Korean barbecue meets Argentinian asado at stylish Ombu Grill in Koreatown. Expect plenty of tabletop grilled beef, including Korean-style deungshim ribeye steak, as well as short rib asado. On the side are the usual banchan, and specialties such as bulgogi, spicy octopus and rice, and grilled salted mackerel are also featured. Argentine and Korean beer and wine are among beverage options, as is soju. Ombu Grill, 400 S Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020, 213-637-0262.
 
Angelenos can sip lattes while petting shelter hounds at The Dog Cafe on Virgil Avenue. Similar to cat cafes around the world, L.A.’s first canine haunt serves up coffee (Grounds & Hounds), tea, and snacks as guests bond with the shop’s dogs. The $10 entrance fee includes a beverage, and patrons can hang out in a big dog playroom and have some fun. The dogs are all adoptable, courtesy of the café’s partnership with local animal shelters. Reservations are recommended. The Dog Cafe, 240 N Virgil Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 213-810-2872.
 
This spring, sbe Entertainment Group will launch Doheny Room on Santa Monica Boulevard at the juncture of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Expect a lounge-inspired global menu of shared plates by chef Danny Elmaleh (Cleo, Katsuya), luxe desserts, and classic craft cocktails. Doheny Room is set to debut in May and will be open seven days a week from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Doheny Room, 9077 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-777-0266.
 
Grill Concepts, Inc., the company behind hits like The Grill on the Alley and Public School, is replacing their Daily Grill location in Studio City with seafood-focused Laurel Point. The space occupies a prime address on the second floor of Laurel Promenade --- it was home to the Daily Grill for more than two decades. Expect sushi, oysters, cocktails with fresh juices and a summer 2016 debut. Laurel Point, 12050 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, no phone.
 
Esdras Ochoa (Mexicali Taco & Co.) and Billy Silverman are bringing Salazar to the L.A. River, opening April 2016 in a former auto body shop in up-and-coming Elysian Valley, or Frogtown. Most of the restaurant’s seating will be outdoors. Chef Ochoa, a native of Mexicali, will prepare meats and seafood on a mesquite grill, and tortillas will be made in-house using yellow corn and Sonoran-style flour. Expect real-deal carne asada tacos crafted with cuts of beef like chuck or arrachera. Salazar will also offer up Mexicali-style shrimp. Salazar, 2490 Fletcher Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90039, no phone.
 
Square One Dining co-owner John Himelstein, who co-founded the original Gingergrass in Silver Lake, is expanding the Vietnamese vision to Little Tokyo. The second branch will replace Lazy Ox Canteen. Expect a similarly modern take on Vietnamese food. At the original location, popular dishes include shaking beef, braised five-spice Berkshire pork belly, crispy Imperial rolls and lunchtime banh mi sandwiches. Gingergrass, 241 S San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
 
Josh Zad, who owns five Alfred {Coffee & Kitchen} locations around Los Angeles, is diversifying with Alfred {Tea Room}. Expect 25 different tea variations in about five categories. Zad's brewing method of choice is a Modbar pour-over system. May 9, 2016, marks the concept's debut on fashionable Melrose Place. Alfred {Tea Room}, 8463 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
 
Pattaya native Naiyana "Judy" Timsuren and Chiang Mai native Pam Zoobharasee are opening Khaosan, a Thai street-food concept in Woodland Hills. Both women have considerable restaurant experience and are looking to feature the flavors of home. Starting in April 2016, expect dishes like spicy and sour oxtail soup, keelehk neuh (beef curry made with kassod leaves) and saiy ooah (spicy Thai sausage). Khaosan, 19801 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364, 818-932-9845.
 
Chef Marcel Vigneron will soon open Beefsteak Fresh off of opening Wolf in early March, chef Marcel Vigneron will soon introduce Beefsteak next door. This concept will offer juices and "plant-based cuisine" for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beefsteak, 7661 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-424-7443.
 
After being closed for almost a decade, legendary mariachi dinner theater La Fonda de Los Camperos has returned to its former home on Wilshire Boulevard in the Westlake neighborhood outside of downtown. Three live dinner shows a night feature full mariachi bands and a traditional Mexican menu that offers chile rellenos, carne asada, chicken mole poblano and enchiladas. Drinks range from micheladas to margaritas and Moscow Mules. Dinner Thurs.-Sun. La Fonda de Los Camperos, 2501 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057, 213-380-5055.
 
Vito's Pizza will take over the former McCabe’s Bar & Grill in Santa Monica, with a summer opening expected. This second location of the popular pizzeria will also serve liquor. Vito's Pizza, 2455 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404, no phone.
 
French wine bar/boutique Garçons de Café has opened in the Spring Arcade in DTLA’s Historic Core, offering an eclectic mix of French clothing and accessories, cheese and charcuterie, and a selection of French wines by the glass and bottle. Expect antique furnishings, a small outdoor patio and a charming bar. Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun. Garçons de Café, Spring Arcade Building, 541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-278-0737.
 
Chef Greg Bernhardt (Church & State) and Nicolas Fanucci (The French Laundry) have opened Paley on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Set in the former landmark CBS Studios, the elegantly expansive dining room boasts mid-century stylings, nearly 250 seats, and a long bar and open kitchen. Expect a menu of local and seasonal California fare. Lunch is served daily, with dinner coming soon. Paley, 6115 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323‎-544-9430.
 
Cape Seafood and Provisions has opened Cape Seafood and Provisions, the much-anticipated seafood shop from Michael Cimarusti (Providence, Connie and Ted’s), has opened on Fairfax Avenue. Cape Seafood and Provisions, 801 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-556-2525.
 
The former space of Bow & Truss in North Hollywood will be replaced with El Tejano, a Tex-Mex restaurant. The opening is scheduled for May 2016. El Tejano, 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, no phone.
 
A posh stretch of Melrose in West Hollywood is home to Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, a franchise of the Parisian chain devoted to a single menu item --- steak frites --- along with French wine and desserts. Le Relais de l'Entrecôte, 8755 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-358-9021.
 
Shake Shack has opened its first Los Angeles area location in West Hollywood New York-based Shake Shack has opened its first Los Angeles area location in West Hollywood. The chain is known for its burgers, hot dogs, crinkle cut fries and "concretes" (frozen custard). Additional branches are slated for Glendale, downtown L.A. and Century City. Shake Shack, 8520 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-488-3010.
 
Rock & Brews has opened a second location at Los Angeles International Airport. This one is in Terminal 1, while its sister restaurant can be found at Terminal 5. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the band KISS founded this growing chain of restaurants offering American fare and craft beers. Rock & Brews also has branches in El Segundo and Redondo Beach. Rock & Brews, Los Angeles International Airport, Terminal 1, Los Angeles, CA 90045, 424-702-4596.
 
Sweetfin Poké will open on Larchmont Boulevard Signage is up for a location of Sweetfin Poké on Larchmont Boulevard. This quick-sevice spot, which started in Santa Monica, offers variations of the beloved Hawaiian seafood dish, including classic tuna, kale snapper, spicy yuzu salmon and mango albacore. You can also build your own bowl. Sweetfin Poké, 135 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, no phone.
 
Taking over the former Tipple & Brine space in Sherman Oaks is The Sherman Restaurant & Bar. The Sherman Restaurant & Bar, 14633 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, 818-485-2200.
 
Jean-Georges Vongerichten will open a restaurant at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Chef/restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten will open a restaurant at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. The name for the concept has not yet been announced. The opening is scheduled for 2017. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90067, no phone.
 
Chef Ricardo Zarate (Mo-Chica, Paiche) will return to the local dining scene with Rosaliné, a new Peruvian restaurant in the former Comme Ça space in West Hollywood. Look for a Summer 2016 opening. Rosaliné, 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
 
Golden Road Brewing has opened a tasting bar at downtown's Grand Central Market. Patrons can expect pierogies and more than a dozen beers on tap at Golden Road Grand Central Market. Golden Road Grand Central Market, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-624-2378.
 
Trejo's Tacos, a modern Mexican cantina and restaurant from actor Danny Trejo, has finally made its debut. Spacecraft Group and designer Kris Keith created the space, which features Mexican-themed murals made from custom tiles. Trejo's Tacos, 1048 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019, 323-938-8226.
 
Chef/restaurateur Michael Mina will open THE STREET at the Beverly Center The Beverly Center will soon undergo extensive renovations that will include a number of new dining options. There will be a row of street-level restaurants as well as THE STREET, an eighth-level food hall from chef/restaurateur Michael Mina. THE STREET, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-854-0070.
 
Bru's Wiffle & More in Beverly Hills serves up a menu of chicken & waffles, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and more. Bru's Wiffle & More, 8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 93101, 310-360-6600.
 
Actress Jessica Biel is part of the team behind Au Fudge Los Angeles Actress Jessica Biel is part of the team behind Au Fudge Los Angeles, a kid-friendly restaurant in West Hollywood. It's open for lunch and dinner, with brunch service starting in early April. There's also a marketplace that opens daily at 8 a.m. Au Fudge Los Angeles, 9010 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-288-4268.
 
Avec Nous has opened at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills Avec Nous, a French bistro, took over the space of LIVELLO at L'Ermitage Beverly Hills. The restaurant is helmed by chef Olivier Quignon (former executive chef of Bar Boulud in New York). Avec Nous, L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-860-8660.
 
Jesse Gomez and chef/partner Jose Acevedo have opened Maradentro in Brentwood. It's a sister location of popular Studio City Mexican seafood restaurant Maradentro. Maradentro, 1168 S. Barrington Ave., Brentwood, CA 90049, 424-273-1377.
 
"Top Chef" alum Marcel Vigneron has opened Wolf. The food is described as "seasonal Los Angeles cuisine." Wolf, 7661 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-424-7735.
 
Brouwerij West has opened its tasting room Southern California’s Brouwerij West opened its craft brewery and tasting room. It is located in San Pedro inside a wood truss-roofed warehouse that was originally built by the U.S. Navy in the 1940s, now part of the CRAFTED arts complex. Brouwerij West, Warehouse No. 9, 110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro, CA 90731, 310-833-9330.
 
Sack Sandwiches has opened in West Hollywood "Top Chef" winner Michael Voltaggio's sandwich spot ink.sack has changed names to Sack Sandwiches and introduced a new location on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. The location of ink.sack at LAX airport will continue to operate under the original name. Sack Sandwiches, 8915 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-777-0113.
 
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 is taking over a 100-year-old, 7,600-square-foot building in downtown L.A. that previously housed Discount Tire Centers. It will be called Mikkeller Bar. Later in 2016, expect coffee in the morning, a full-service restaurant for lunch and dinner, and 50 taps of craft beer, many from Mikkeller. Mikkeller Bar, 330 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
 
Chef Noelle Fanaris, who has been running Engaging Gourmet catering company and Comfort Gourmet food product line, has opened Rustic Kitchen Market & Café down the hill from Santa Monica Airport. The seasonal menu at the 55-seat café focuses on sandwiches, salads and specialties like fried chicken sliders and butternut squash mac and cheese. Rustic Kitchen runs special dishes for most holidays, including a Mardi Gras crawfish boil and a St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage. The market sells cheese, charcuterie, a variety of teas and soft drinks. Claret wine bar is forthcoming. Lunch & Dinner Wed.-Mon. Rustic Kitchen Market & Café, 3523 S. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-390-1500.
 
118 Degrees has opened in Tarzana 118 Degrees, a vegan and raw foods eatery previously located in Costa Mesa, has opened in Tarzana. 118 Degrees, 18636 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356, 818-660-1118.
 
In Echo Park, Winsome is the new sleek spot from Spare Room owners Marc Rose and Med Abrou. Jeremy Strubel (Rustic Canyon) creates contemporary American dishes like shaved cauliflower salad with mustard frills, harissa chicken salad, speck and comte grilled cheese on brioche, and chicken soup with black garlic. Former Republique pastry chef Leslie Mialma does the baking, and there’s a case with goodies at the front of the restaurant. At the moment, it’s open for breakfast and lunch, with dinner soon to follow. Winsome, 1115 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-415-1818.
 
Amelia Bakery and Cafe has filled the void of the former Susina Bakery space on Beverly Boulevard. Expect dishes like freshly baked foccacias, sandwiches, salmon toast with homemade gravlax, and beet tarte tatin. Bakery specialties by chef/owner Yoav Rogel (Eataly) include daily breads, pastries, babka and rugelach. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Amelia Bakery and Cafe, 7122 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-954-1250.
 
Chef Judy Han (Mendocino Farms) opened Eko Eats in the Financial District downtown. Expect Korean-styled bowls of kimchi fried rice, bibimbap and fried Korean chicken, as well as bone broth, organic rice porridge and vegan dishes. To drink, there’s organic matcha green tea, and Sugarbird Sweets brownies for dessert. Eko Eats, 630 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-622-1616.
 
Officine BRERA features an Italian menu from chef Angelo Auriana Officine BRERA in downtown Los Angeles features an Italian menu from chef Angelo Auriana. It's housed in a 1920s warehouse next to sister establishment The Factory Kitchen. Officine BRERA, 1331 E. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-553-8006.
 
Chef Mike Williams (Tipple & Brine) is behind contemporary American restaurant with a southern accent, Norah, in West Hollywood. Southern regional dishes take the spotlight, supported by seasonal cocktails by mixologist Hamish McShane. Norah, 8277 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-450-4211.
 
Moruno has opened at The Original Farmers Market. It's a full-service Spanish restaurant from chef Chris Feldmeier and front of house partner David Rosoff, who worked together at Osteria Mozza and Campanile, along with the Sprout LA restaurant group. The namesake dish is a Moorish-influenced kebab cooked over wood. Bar Vermut upstairs is still in progress. Moruno, The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., 110, Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
 
Spring in Los Angeles is open in downtown L.A. Church & State owner Yassmin Sarmadi and chef Tony Esnault have opened Spring in the historic Douglas Building in downtown L.A. The menu draws inspiration from Southern France. Spring, 257 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-372-5189.
 
Chef Steve Samson (Sotto) will bring a new Italian restaurant, RossoBlù, to the Fashion District’s City Market South redevelopment project, due to open in 2016. Menus will focus on the regions of Bologna and Emilia-Romagna, with handmade pastas, pizza from wood-burning ovens and spit-roasted meats. RossoBlù, City Market South, 1057 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
 
Celebrated San Francisco chef Charles Phan will open an L.A. outpost of his modern Vietnamese restaurant The Slanted Door in downtown’s new City Market South development, located in the Fashion District. The large restaurant will be designed by Olle Lundberg, with a Summer 2016 opening. The Slanted Door, City Market South, 1057 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
 
Chef Steven Fretz, currently with The Church Key and a Top Round co-founder, has teamed with Moscow-based Ginza Project on the seafood-focused Fin and Fire. It is projected to debut in the downtown L.A.'s Arts District in 2016. Fretz predicts a wide-ranging seafood menu that will include lobster rolls, crab cakes, tartares and cataplanas, all presented with modern twists. The design will include a rooftop dining room, with turquoise and copper accents. Fin and Fire, 2140 E. Seventh Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Guild Launches Weekend Brunch
West Hollywood’s The Guild has launched weekend brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Executive chef Charles Cho presents a luxe array of specials that include steak and eggs with ropa vieja-style braised short rib, rice, black beans, a fried egg and plantains; chilaquiles with braised pork belly, tortillas, scrambled eggs and tomatillo salsa; and Korean beef tartare Benedict, composed of Prime filet mignon in Korean marinade, homemade brioche, a poached egg, hollandaise and gochujang sauce. Fruity libations feature an orange cranberry pineapple mimosa. The Guild, 8741 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-279-9601.
 
Baltaire Debuts BBQ, Blues & Brews on Monday Nights Baltaire Debuts “BBQ, Blues & Brews” Monday Nights
Brentwood steakhouse Baltaire has launched “BBQ, Blues & Brews,” a weekly event featuring a new Southern-inspired menu by executive chef Travis Strickland, craft brews, whiskey flights and live blues music every Monday night. Look for jalapeño cornbread with bourbon pecan butter; blue cheese fondue dip with house-made salt and vinegar chips; Santa Maria tri-tip with tomatillo salsa verde; and the Southern burger with fried green tomatoes, pickled ramp aioli and smoked onion jam. American canned craft brews ($6) from 21st Amendment Brewery and Oskar Blues Brewery are available, while spirit enthusiasts can sip on beverages from the East and West sides of Kentucky’s legendary “Bourbon Trail.” Local blues band The Way Gone sets the mood with a live set from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-serve. The barbecue menu is only available in the bar and lounge from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Baltaire, 11647 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 424-273-1660 .
 
Officine BRERA Launches Spring/Summer Cocktails
To usher in spring and summer, Officine BRERA mixologist Luigi Capasso has invented a few fresh cocktails to sip during the warmer seasons. Capasso, who hails from Sant’Antimo, Italy, includes Italian aperitifs in concoctions like the “Caprice” (Bombay, Aperol, Suze, lemon, rhubarb bitters and egg whites), the “Sta’ Schisc” (Ocho Tequila, Aperol, lime, Fresno chili, rhubarb, and agave syrup) and “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” (Plymouth Gin, Carpano, chocolate bitters, grapefruit foam). Officine BRERA, 1331 E. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-553-8006.
 
The Little Door Debuts Luxe Weekend Brunch
For the first time ever, The Little Door on West Third Street will debut brunch service on its patio on April 30, 2016. Guests after the launch date can expect an upscale brunch experience with a Benedict menu featuring the likes of grilled mini filet mignon, duck confit hash, and Moroccan crab cakes. Breakfast specials will include seared foie gras and duck egg while grilled marinated octopus, a spicy ahi tuna tartare salad and a goat cheese and pistachio tart will be among lunch-time options. Of course, cocktails will also be on hand. The Little Door, 8164 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-951-1210.
 
Harold & Belle's Is Back
Cajun restaurant Harold & Belle's has re-opened after being closed for renovations. Harold & Belle's, Jefferson Park, 2920 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018, 323-735-9023.
 
Chef Ari Taymor presents Alma at The Standard through May 2016 Alma Pop-Up at The Standard Hollywood
Chef Ari Taymor, one of GAYOT's 2014 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the United States, presents Alma at The Standard through May 2016. This pop-up at The Standard Hollywood features an à la carte menu of dishes such as frozen duck liver with smoked maple, coffee granola and carrots. Alma at The Standard, 8300 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-650-9090.
 

UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS

Fernando Darin has stepped in as executive chef at Ray Fernando Darin has stepped in as executive chef at Ray's & Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Highlights from his new menu include black kale grapefruit salad with shaved ricotta salata, golden raisins and white balsamic vinaigrette; black sea bass with spinach vichyssoise, asparagus and English peas; and a dark chocolate tart with caramel, sea salt and gold flakes. Ray's & Stark Bar, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-857-6180.
 
Daniele Turchetti has taken over as executive chef at Locanda del Lago Daniele Turchetti is now the executive chef at Santa Monica's Locanda del Lago. A native of Porpetto, a town in Italy situated in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, his skills include preparing house-made burrata and sausage. Locanda del Lago, Third Street Promenade, 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-451-3525.
 
Larry Monaco has taken over executive chef duties at Viceroy Santa Monica, which includes the globally-inspired restaurant CAST. CAST, Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-260-7511.
 
Andrew Vaughan has been named chef de cuisine at Terranea Resort's signature restaurant, mar'sel. He recently served as chef de cuisine at Nelson's. mar'sel, Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, 310-265-2701.
 
After closing Il Grano last year, chef Sal Marino is back in the kitchen at Marino Ristorante. His brother, Mario Marino, operates the restaurant, which was launched in 1983 by their father, Ciro "Mario" Marino. Marino Ristorante, 6001 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90038, 323-466-8812.
 
Whole trout at fundamental LA Nick Erven has joined fundamental LA in Westwood as executive chef. Most recently, he was serving up exciting, ambitious fare at Saint Martha, which has since shuttered. New additions to the menu include whole trout with cauliflower, kale malfatti and black butter. fundamental LA, 1303 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-444-7581.
 

LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS


Hollywood's "freestyle experimental kitchen" Baroo is temporarily closed through May 2016. Baroo, 5706 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-819-4344.
 
One of Santa Monica’s most popular vegan haunts, Real Food Daily, has closed. The restaurant plans to re-open within the next year in another Santa Monica location. Other Real Food Daily venues in West Hollywood and Pasadena remain open, as does the location at LAX. Real Food Daily, 514 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
 
Status Kuo is temporarily closed for renovations. Chef David Kuo's Mar Vista restaurant expects to re-open in Summer 2016. Status Kuo, 3809 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-574-7610.
 
Scarpetta at the Montage Beverly Hills has closed Scarpetta at the Montage Beverly Hills closed April 2, 2016. In its place, New York restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian will make his West Coast debut with Georgie and The Garden Bar. The former will be an American restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Scarpetta, Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
 
NoHo’s pleasant patio spot Bow & Truss has shuttered. Bow & Truss, 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, no phone.
 
In Beverly Hills, bistro Relais de Paris has closed. Relais de Paris, 8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 93101, no phone.
 
Beverly Hills' Canon Club, which opened last year, has shuttered. There is no word on what will replace it. Canon Club, 340 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
 
Husband and wife proprietors Alex Mosavi and Sylvie Gabriele closed Farm Stand in El Segundo. They will work with Love & Salt chefs Michael Fiorelli and Rebecca Merhej to open a Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant in a new location in Los Angeles. Slated to debut in 2017, this concept will carry on the local, organic, sustainable focus of Farm Stand. Farm Stand, 422 Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245, no phone.
 
The second location of Petty Cash Taqueria in downtown L.A.'s Arts District has closed. The original Petty Cash Taqueria remains open. Petty Cash Taqueria, 712 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
 
Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge in Beverly Hills has shuttered. Chef Scott Howard will stay on for the new concept, which is scheduled to open in Summer 2016. Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge, 184 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
 
Short Cake, the bakery companion to since-shuttered Short Order, has closed its stall in The Original Farmers Market. Short Cake, Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
 
Sherman Oaks frozen yogurt shop Humphrey Yogart closed March 26, 2016. Humphrey Yogart, 4574 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, no phone.
 
Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill has closed. Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill, 826 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069, no phone.
 
Chef Bobo Ivan's Bobo has closed after less than a year. The restaurant had taken over the former Piccolo Ristorante in Venice. Bobo, 5 Dudley Ave., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
 
Joe’s in Venice closed after Valentine’s Day Chef-owner Joe Miller has closed his pioneering Venice restaurant, Joe's, after 24 years in business. The last night of service was February 14, 2016. Joe's, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
 
The original Glendale branch of Recess Eatery has closed. Husband/wife team Sevan Abdessian and Tamar Kevonian recently opened a second location of Recess Eatery in Highland Park. Recess Eatery, 1102 N Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202, no phone.
 
BottleRock in Culver City has closed, but the downtown L.A. location remains open. BottleRock, 3847 Main St., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
 
California Pizza Kitchen at the Beverly Center has closed. California Pizza Kitchen, Beverly Center, 121 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
 
P.F. Chang's China Bistro at the Beverly Center closed its doors in January 2016. P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Beverly Center, 121 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, no phone.
 
Pink Taco at Westfield Century City has closed. The Sunset Strip location remains open. Pink Taco, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, no phone.
 

Gayot's roundup of closed Los Angeles restaurants includes Abode Restaurant & Lounge

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Los Angeles to virtually visit dining spots from the past. Abode Restaurant & Lounge, R.I.P.


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