Los Angeles Restaurant News
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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
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) is opening Eko Eats in mid-February 2016 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 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.
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. Lunch service started on February 8, 2016; dinner will be offered as of February 19, 2016. A Valentine's Day menu ($85) is available on February 13th & 14th from 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Spring, 257 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-372-5189.
Chef Kevin Meehan (formerly executive chef of Cafe Pinot) and wine director Drew Langley (previously of Providence) have opened Kali, a permanent home for their Kali Dining pop-up. Kali, 5722 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-871-4160.
The Halal Guys started as a New York food cart and have since expanded with West Coast locations in Costa Mesa and Long Beach. A Koreatown location has also been announced. The Halal Guys, 1804 Ximeno Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815, 562-986-9038.
Chef Thomas Ortega (Ortega 120, Amor y Tacos) has opened Playa Amor, a modern Mexican cantina in Long Beach. Playa Amor, Market Place, 6527 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90803, 562-860-2667.
Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina has opened a branch in Santa Monica, joining its sibling at Westfield Century City (10250 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-556-2452). Expect regional Italian cuisine, lots of mozzarella (imported from Italy twice a week) and pizze offered in a modern environment. Wine and cocktails are available, as are desserts like tiramisu and classic panna cotta. Chefs will utilize produce sourced from local farmers markets. Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina, 606 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-393-6633.
Chef Josiah Citrin (Mélisse, Charcoal Venice) has opened an outpost of Dave's Doghouse at Staples Center. (The owner of the Arizona-based hot dog stand is Dave Cheren, who is Citrin's cousin.) Visitors to the arena can also sample Dave's Doghouse hot dogs at DraftKings Fantasy Sports Bar & Lounge. Dave's Doghouse, Staples Center, 1111 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
Paul Martin’s American Grill debuted its 10th location in Pasadena’s South Lake Avenue shopping district January 18, 2016. Vaunted restaurateur Paul Fleming, who founded Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and co-founded P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, teamed with operating partner Joseph Corona and chef/partner Mark Fitkowski. The team is filling 7,200 square feet with more than 200 seats, including plush booths and a generous patio. Chef Fitkowski is serving signature Paul Martin’s dishes like salt-and-pepper shrimp with pesto aioli, brick chicken with za’atar croutons, and devil’s food cake with Amarena cherries and whipped cream. Regular nightly specials include Tuesday's fried chicken dinner and Sunday's prime rib dinner. Lunch & Dinner daily. Paul Martin’s American Grill, 455 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-773-7600.
Maverick chef Roy Choi’s healthy fast food spot in Watts, Loco’L, has opened. Choi (Kogi, POT) teamed up with San Francisco chef Daniel Patterson (Coi) to “revolutionize” fast food. Loco'L, 1950 E. 103rd St., Watts, CA 90002, no phone.
Recess Eatery’s second location has opened in Highland Park. Husband/wife team Sevan Abdessian and Tamar Kevonian expanded on their popular Glendale concept, with a 5,000-square-foot cafeteria-inspired restaurant designed by Spacecraft Design Group with a library theme and expansive outdoor backyard patio. Menu items feature the likes of eggs Benedict and spinach omelets for breakfast, and kale Caesar salad, seared ahi, filet mignon and pan-roasted chicken. Recess Eatery, 5022 York Blvd., Highland Park, CA 90042, 818-507-0592.
Chef Bruce Kalman (Union) is bringing pasta to the masses at the Grand Central Market with his new fast-casual spot Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market. Expect Kalman’s savory house-made pastas like pappardelle with rabbit sugo on a rotating basis. Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-624-2378.
Luxe sushu franchise Ginza Onodera will be bringing a new, elevated omakase sushi experience to L.A., after successful restaurants in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris and Honolulu. Expect different levels of omakase ranging from $160 to $250 per person. The La Cienega location will open in February. Ginza Onodera, 609 La Cienega Blvd
., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Roy Choi, who skyrocketed to culinary fame with his Kogi Truck’s famous Korean/Mexican fusion tacos, is now finally bringing them to a brick-and-mortar spot in Palms. Kogi Taqueria will debut in the former Sushi Central space. Kogi Taqueria, 3500 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034, no phone.
Former Spago chef Greg Schroeppel is now offering Hollywood denizens breakfast all evening at Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar, with the likes of bourbon challah French toast and ham Benedict fries, spiked cereal milk and mezcal coffee. Expect craft cocktails and DJs, too. It’s open Friday and Saturday nights 10 p.m-2 a.m. Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar, 1638 N. Las Palmas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
Lao Sze Chuan, which has locations in Chicago and Las Vegas, has opened in Glendale. The name refers to the authenticity of this Chinese restaurant --- a loose translation is “traditional from Sichuan,” which is the homeland of chef Tony Hu. Lao Sze Chuan, 152 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91204, 818-552-8888.
Tar & Roses has re-opened. The Santa Monica restaurant had been closed for construction repairs after a fire in the hood of the wood-burning oven. Tar & Roses, 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-587-0700.
The Belvedere in The Peninsula Beverly Hills has re-opened after extensive renovations. Mediterranean-inspired fare highlighting seafood has replaced the former menu of contemporary American cuisine, with the kitchen still overseen by executive chef David Codney. Outdoor dining is a significant component of the evolved restaurant, complemented by a refurbished interior. The Belvedere, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-788-2306.
Spacecraft Group and designer Kris Keith have designed Trejo's Tacos, a new modern Mexican cantina and restaurant from actor Danny Trejo. The 1,000-square-foot space will feature Mexican-themed murals made from custom tiles and will include outdoor seating. Trejo's Tacos, 1048 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019, no phone.
A posh stretch of Melrose in West Hollywood will soon be 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.
Souk Shawarma is now open in DTLA, helmed by chefs Andrew Faour and Matt Carpenter (Bastide, Momed). The restaurant offers seven kinds of elevated grilled shawarma --- including turkey/duck, lamb merguez sausage, chicken, beef and vegan --- as well as falafel, fattoush salad, chicken wings and feta-topped fries. Lunch & Dinner daily. Souk Shawarma, 1111 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-935-8873.
Pono Burger will bring its organic, island-inspired burgers to the Sunset Strip. This new location will also feature a full bar, with a menu created by Brian Van Flandern (The Food Network’s "America's Top Mixologist). In the meantime, patrons can visit the original Pono Burger in Santa Monica. Pono Burger, 8830 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Chef/restaurateur Kazunori Nozawa and his Sushi Nozawa team have brightened up the Hollywood sushi scene with SUGARFISH Hollywood, located in the redeveloped historic Columbia Square building on Sunset Boulevard at Gower. High ceilings and blond wood frame the 40-seat restaurant designed by Glen Bell of DEX Studio. The menu highlights the franchise’s popular “Trust Me” selections comprised of sashimi, nigiri sushi and hand rolls, but fans will also find Nozawa favorites of blue crab and lobster rolls, fresh oysters, uni and unagi, as well as specials like albacore belly and toro when available. To drink there’s beer, wine and sake. SUGARFISH Hollywood, 6115 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-320-4800.
Wallflower is open on Rose Avenue, bringing Southeast Asian flavors to a modern space in Venice. Expect street snacks like satay, duck lumpia and crab rendang to start; larger dishes range from nasi goreng, oxtail soup and bbq pork belly to fish in banana leaf and wok-tossed lobster. Wallflower, 609 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 213-373-6609.
Tempura Endo in Beverly Hills is open for dinner Monday through Saturday. Guests enjoy multi-course tasting menus of tempura, followed by a Japanese tea ceremony. Tempura Endo, 9777 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-274-2201.
Herringbone at the Mondrian Los Angeles has been replaced by Ivory, a new dining concept with a menu designed by chef Brian Malarkey. Ivory, Mondrian Los Angeles, 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-848-6000.
The W Los Angeles West Beverly Hills adds another dining spot to its roster that already includes STK steakhouse. Hideout, a new poolside spot by the One Group (STK), will have executive chef Robert Liberato (BLT, Son of a Gun) overseeing the kitchen and creating a California menu. Hideout, W Los Angeles - West Beverly Hills, 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-208-8765.
Chef Curtis Stone (Maude) and brother Luke Stone are teaming up with Chad Colby (formerly of chi SPACCA) to open Gwen, a restaurant and butcher shop in Hollywood. Gwen, 6600 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
Shake Shack will open a location in Glendale in 2016. The exact address hasn't been set, but it will be across the Americana at Brand, next to the former Masonic Temple. A West Hollywood location of Shake Shack is also in the works. Shake Shack, Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91210, no phone.
Chef David Schlosser (Urasawa, Ginza Sushiko) will open Shibumi, a high-end Japanese restaurant in downtown L.A. on Hill Street in early 2016, focusing on kappo and kaiseki cuisine. The kappo menu will be served at a 400-year-old cypress counter, and a separate back room will host a 10-course kaiseki tasting menu experience. Jacob Kear (Noma) will join Schlosser as chef de cuisine. The menu will feature heritage pork and beef, seafood, tofu and rice, and fermented vegetables. A cocktail program is also in the works. Shibumi, 815 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Chef/owner Paul Yi has opened Ozu Kitchen East in Atwater Village in the former Atwater Village Farm space. The self-styled “community restaurant” includes a refined modern Asian menu with Japanese and Korean influences. Dishes feature avocado toast with yuzu guacamole and smoked gochujang, pork ramen with kurobuta pork belly, miso ramen with spinach noodles, and kimchi udon with cream, rock shrimp and watercress. To drink find craft beers, a compelling boutique wine list that spans France, California, New Zealand and Hungary, sake, and Stumptown coffee. The outdoor patio make a nice spot to linger. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Ozu Kitchen East, 3224 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-284-8773.
Chef/owner Stephen Kalt (Caulfield’s) has opened Spartina on Melrose Avenue. The restaurant features an open kitchen and large, sprawling patio. A Cal-Italian seasonal menu includes specialties like wood-grilled duck heart spiedini, scrambled egg and sea urchin panini, lamb sausage and pistachio pizza, Pacific white bass, and Sonoma duck breast with parsnip. Spartina, 7505 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-782-1023.
Avec Nous, a French bistro, is taking over the space of LIVELLO at L'Ermitage Beverly Hills. The restaurant will be helmed by chef Olivier Quignon (former executive chef of Bar Boulud in New York). Look for a March 2016 opening. Avec Nous, L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
The Village at Westfield Topanga features a number of dining options, ranging from quick eats like The Slaw Dogs and Eatsa to full-service restaurants such as JOEY Woodland Hills. The Village at Westfield Topanga, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Ste. 9080, Woodland Hills, CA 91367, 818-594-8732.
Actress Jessica Biel is part of the team behind Au Fudge Los Angeles, a kid-friendly restaurant scheduled to open in West Hollywood in early 2016. Au Fudge Los Angeles, 9010 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Salt’s Cure has relocated to Highland Avenue in Hollywood, taking over the former Ammo space. Salt's Cure, 1155 Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-465-7258.
Cedd Moses (Seven Grand, Cole’s) and Brian Lenzo (Blue Palms Brewhouse) have opened Arts District Brewing Company, located on Traction Avenue. Beer-maker Devon Randall is on board creating distinctive brews for the bar/restaurant, which also features Skee-Ball and other games. Arts District Brewing Company, 830 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
Fans of breakfast and Long Beach barbecue spot Bigmista’s can now rejoice at chef/owner Neil Strawder’s new place, Bigmista’s Morning Wood. The menu highlights smoked meats in dishes like "pig candy pancakes" -- bacon cooked into a pancake, topped with sprinkled smoked bacon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. There’s also a breakfast bowl with eggs, cheesy grits and bacon, and a breakfast plate. Lunch features barbecue plates and Bigmista’s sammiches. Get there early for the specialty “countdown burger” --- they only make 30 per day. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Bigmista’s Morning Wood, 4331 E Carson St., Long Beach, CA 90808, 562-452-7300.
Find gourmet tacos aplenty at Westwood’s artsy new Tacos Tu Madre. Order from the walk-up window from a menu that features high-end bites like fois gras, uni and mole duck tacos, but purists will also find pastor, asada and carnitas versions, as well as birria tacos. There’s a tasting menu, too. Red velvet churros hit the sweet spot. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Tacos Tu Madre, 1945 1/2 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 310-654-0664.
The Cannibal Beer & Butcher will open in Platform, a new retail and dining destination in Culver City. This New York import focuses on meats (house-made charcuterie, etc.) and brews. The Cannibal Beer & Butcher, Platform, 8850 Washington Ave., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
Celestino Drago (DRAGO Centro) and his brothers/fellow restaurateurs will open DRAGO RISTORANTE at the freshly redesigned Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Look for a Spring 2016 opening. DRAGO RISTORANTE, Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Jinya Ramen Express has brought some of L.A.’s most popular ramen to the top of Hollywood & Highland with a customizable menu or classic specials like Jinya tonkotsu black with pork broth, or a grilled chicken rice bowl. Options feature original thin noodles or spinach noodles, and add-ons include a soft-boiled marinated egg. There’s green tea or kombucha to drink, and panna cotta for dessert. Lunch & Dinner daily. Jinya Ramen Express, Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. #317, Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-391-1916.
Chef Phillip Frankland Lee, who’s already found San Fernando Valley success with The Gadarene Swine, has opened Scratch Bar & Kitchen in Encino. This reincarnation of his tasting bar concept, which he runs with pastry chef/wife Margarita, is on the second floor of Encino Place. Chef Lee is appearing on “Top Chef: California.” He previously won on “Chopped,” “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Guy’s Grocery Games.” Scratch Bar, Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, 818-646-6085.
Superba Food + Bread has opened at The Point, a new shopping, dining and entertainment destination in El Segundo. The restaurant joins True Food Kitchen, North Italia, Hopdoddy Burger Bar and ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. Superba Food + Bread, The Point, 830 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 100, El Segundo, CA 90245, 310-906-4598.
Charcoal Venice is a neighborhood restaurant with fire pit-grilled cuisine from acclaimed chef Josiah Citrin (Mélisse). Dishes include dry-aged New York steak, grilled chicken and smoked short ribs. House-made vinegars, mustards and sauces accompany the meats; vegetables include baked Yukon potatoes with chives and Gouda. Charcoal Venice, 425 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292, 310-751-6794.
Chang'an Restaurant is a modern Chinese restaurant and bar in a San Gabriel strip mall. The space features a contemporary configuration of brick, wood and steel. Share-friendly dishes include beef tataki with capers, garlic, and pine nuts; beef and lamb skewers served with herbaceous dips; and Szechuan-style boiled fish and frog. Among desserts are white fungus soup with lotus seeds and osmanthus rice balls swimming in sweet rice wine. To drink, Chang’an has gathered an eclectic menu of lagers from around the world. Lunch & Dinner daily. Chang'an Restaurant, 227 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, CA 91776, 626-872-0906.
The Greenhaus Cafe & Bakery resides next to San Gabriel Country Club, on a stretch that's otherwise dominated by Asian restaurants. The space features a green and white color scheme and wood accents. Executive chef Jason Francisco presides over a menu that covers three meals daily. For breakfast, expect fried chicken and waffles, a breakfast burrito and a breakfast skillet with eggs, bacon, two cheeses, tater tots and more. Later in the day, options include The Haus burger with sambal aioli and gremolata fries, creamy penne pesto and a soft-shell crab sandwich. Pastry chef Wendy Mendoza fills a case with chocolate chip cake, donuts and salted caramel cupcakes. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. The Greenhaus Cafe & Bakery, 510 E. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel, CA 91776, 626-286-3788.
Premier Dessert Kitchen built on the success of their original Arcadia location by expanding to El Monte. The space features lime-green walls, a tile-fronted counter, high-backed booths and white tables. Beverages are their strength, including options like rose green tea latte, tropical fruit tea and potted milk tea, a drink that resembles a potted plant. Full-scale desserts include mango crêpes, tofu-custard cheesecake and a cantaloupe shaved ice mountain. Savory options include chow fun, bacon-wrapped enoki mushrooms, and beef noodle soup. Lunch & Dinner daily. Premier Dessert Kitchen, 10514 Lower Azusa Rd., El Monte, CA 91731, 626-350-1988.
Sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa and team have added a SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa location in Pasadena's South Lake shopping district. To keep costs down, SUGARFISH makes all food in back from a limited menu. A la carte sushi, sashimi and rolls are available, but many people submit to "TRUST ME" menus. The Nozawa provides the most deluxe selection, with courses that include tuna sashimi, snapper sushi, a blue crab hand roll and the daily special. This Pasadena location features a primarily grey color scheme, with wood accents and bulb lanterns. Lunch & Dinner daily. SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa, 146 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-298-8386.
Seasoned restaurateurs Jason Park and Jinney Baik, who previously teamed on the original Sunset Strip Poke Bar, expanded to Poke Bar Studio City this fall. The fast-casual concept features a predominantly orange color scheme. An overhead menu allows customers to choose their base, which could be white rice, brown rice, salad or nacho. Each order comes with at least two different scoops of poke, which means proteins like tuna, scallop, shrimp or tofu. From there, choose your favorite flavor, possibly ponzu, sweet chile or wasabi mayo. Lunch & Dinner daily. Poke Bar, 13203 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-386-9495.
Blaqhaus is open in North Hollywood. The space features a black and white mural that depicts classic L.A. imagery, including movie cameras, the Hollywood sign and the Capitol Records building. The menu showcases internationally inspired comfort foods like Dodger Bleu burgers, Straight Outta NoHo waffle fry nachos, and Oreo ice cream sushi rolls for dessert. Greens and flatbreads round out the eclectic menu. To drink, choose from soft drinks, coffee, tea and a lemonade of the day. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Blaqhaus, 11665 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606, 818-980-5500.
Musician/DJ Moby has opened Little Pine, an organic, vegan bistro in Silver Lake. Little Pine, 2870 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-741-8148.
Otium is a project from Sprout LA restaurant group. The downtown Los Angeles restaurant features contemporary wood-fired fare from chef Timothy Hollingsworth, the former chef de cuisine of The French Laundry who also collaborated on Barrel & Ashes in Studio City. Otium is set in a freestanding building adjacent to The Broad museum on Bunker Hill. The nearby kiosk Otium On the Go is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Otium, 222 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-935-8500.
Sushi Roku’s Hollywood location closed in October to make way for a new IDG flagship restaurant, ROKU, featuring fresh Japanese creations utilizing a test kitchen and a room for teppanyaki cooking. Lee Maen, partner/founder of Innovative Dining Group, states, “ROKU will blend some of the core sensibilities from Sushi Roku Hollywood with our evolving signature style, in order to offer something new and cutting edge for today’s discerning guest.” ROKU, 9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-278-2060.
Fast-casual Korean restaurant Oleego, from chef Jenee Kim, which started in downtown L.A. and also operates in Chinatown, is now open in Sherman Oaks' Westfield Fashion Square mall. The name means “lay on” in Korean. Choose from eight proteins, including galbi (short rib), chicken bulgogi and shrimp, and lay your selection on either rice, fried rice, noodles or greens. Choose a sauce, either Oleego soy, spicy soy, bean paste or Oleego hot, and commence eating. Grab your black tray from the sleek white stall and retreat to a nearby table in the mall food court. Lunch & Dinner daily. Oleego by Park's BBQ, Westfield Fashion Square, 14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818-501-9092.
Chef Chris Oh (Seoul Sausage Co.) and restaurateur Stéphane Bombet (Terrine, Faith & Flower) have opened Hanjip, a modern Korean BBQ restaurant, in Culver City. A downtown L.A. location, at Seventh Street and Spring Street, is also in the works. Hanjip, 3829 Main St., Culver City, CA 90232, 323-720-8804.
Jesse Gomez and chef/partner Jose Acevedo are heading to Brentwood to open a sister location of popular Studio City Mexican seafood restaurant Maradentro. Maradentro Brentwood will debut in the former Café Rockenwagner (1168 S. Barrington Ave.). Designer Ana Henton will extend the flagship’s modern nautical aesthetic to both the dining room and the patio. Expect similar menu favorites, and an early 2016 opening date. Maradentro Brentwood, 1168 S. Barrington Ave., Brentwood, CA 90049, no phone.
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.
Andre Guerrero (Maximiliano, The Oinkster) plans to open a bakery/salumeria/market in Highland Park (5930 York Blvd.) called Sugar & Bone. Expect house-smoked meats, pastas, pastries and breads from pastry chef Jan Purdy, and Intelligentsia coffee. Sugar & Bone, 5930 York Blvd.
, Highland Park, CA 90042, 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.
71Above will open on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. Chef Vartan Abgaryan has departed Cliff's Edge to helm the restaurant. The opening is tentatively set for Spring 2016. 71Above, 633 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, no phone.
Southern California’s Brouwerij West will open its craft brewery in early 2016. It will be 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. This will house the beer production, as well as a restaurant with seating for more than 200 people, a bottle shop, a coffee bar, a retail outlet and large private event space. Brouwerij West, Warehouse No. 9, 110 East 22nd St., San Pedro, CA 90731, no phone.
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.
Truffle Dinner Series at SAAM at The Bazaar by José Andrés
The annual truffle dinner series at SAAM at The Bazaar by José Andrés will run through February 20, 2016. Chef Aitor Lozano Zabala, creative director of José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, has created an inventive 18-course, $250-per-person menu featuring black truffles. The menu will be offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 310-246-5555. SAAM at The Bazaar by José Andrés, SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-246-5555.
New Peruvian Restaurant from Ricardo Zarate
Chef Ricardo Zarate (Mo-Chica, Paiche) will return to the local dining scene with a new Peruvian restaurant in the former Comme Ça space (8479 Melrose Ave.) in West Hollywood. A name for the project has not yet been announced.
Julian Cox Headed to the Windy City
Mixologist Julian Cox has moved to Chicago to work with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (Everest, Tru, etc.) He has crafted cocktails for many Los Angeles restaurants, including Sprout LA’s Bestia, Redbird, Rose Café-Restaurant, etc.
What's Next for Mother Dough Space
Los Feliz mourned the loss of Mother Dough, but coming soon to the Hollywood Boulevard space is a yet-unnamed restaurant from Brooklyn chefs Sara Kramer an Sarah Hymanson (Glasserie, Blue Hill) who are teaming up with fellow chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) for a synergistic, modern Mediterranean concept. Kramer and Hymanson currently own the Madcapra falafel stand in Grand Central Market, but rumor has it that the new eatery won’t offer falafel.
UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS
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.
Andrew (Dru) Betita has been named executive chef of aestus, replacing Alex Ageneau. Betita was most recently chef David LeFevre's sous chef at M.B. Post and Fishing With Dynamite. aestus, 507 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 424-268-4433.
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.
Jonathan Kim has been named executive chef at Cavatina. He's incorporating flavors from his Korean-American background in dishes like pork belly risotto with kimchi, egg, crispy shallots and sweet chile. Cavatina, Sunset Marquis, 1200 N. Alta Loma Rd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-358-3759.
The Churchill alum Michael Bryant has taken over from Kevin Kathman as executive chef at The Larchmont. The Larchmont, 5750 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-464-4277.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
The original Glendale branch of Recess Eatery will close after February 14, 2016. 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, 818-507-0592.
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.
Chef-owner Joe Miller has announced he'll be closing his pioneering Venice restaurant, Joe's, after 24 years in business. Make your farewells to one of the community's premier dining destinations before the last night of service on February 14, 2016. Joe's, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-399-5811.
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.
Bow & Truss in North Hollywood is temporarily closed for remodeling. Bow & Truss, 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, 818-985-8787.
Paul Hibler’s Superba Snack Bar is closed as of January 22, 2016; Hibler plans to open a new concept in the space sometime in the future. Superba Snack Bar, 533 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310-399-6400.
Scarpetta at the Montage Beverly Hills will close in March 2016. A new concept for the space will be announced. There will be a multi-million dollar renovation, so we expect big things. Scarpetta, Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-860-7800.
The L.A. LIVE location of The Farm of Beverly Hills has closed. The original restaurant in Beverly Hills remains open. The Farm of Beverly Hills, L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-747-4555.
Catch & Release in Marina del Rey has closed to make way for a new concept from chef Jason Neroni. It will be a "casual family-style Italian restaurant" scheduled to debut in Spring 2016. Catch & Release, 13488 Maxella Ave., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, no phone.
Kris Tominaga’s Santa Monica restaurant Cadet has closed. Cadet, 2518 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-828-3300.
Tipple & Brine announced via Facebook that it will shutter temporarily and re-open on February 3, 2016. Tipple & Brine, 14633 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, 818-528-2550.
Chef-owner Salvatore Marino closed his Italian restaurant Il Grano in December 2015. Il Grano, 11359 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, no phone.
In Sherman Oaks, the Texas-style bbq spot Smoke City Market has closed. Smoke City Market, 5242 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91401, 818-855-1280.
After a run of 67 years, West Hollywood fixture Dominick’s has closed. Warner Ebbink and Brandon Boudet’s other concept, Little Dom’s in Los Feliz, remains open. Rumor has it that a restaurant named Verlaine will occupy the Domincick's restaurant space in 2016. Dominick's, 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, no phone.
Susina Bakery & Cafe has closed. Susina Bakery & Cafe, 7122 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Josiah Citrin and Raphael Lunetta’s casual Westside spot Lemon Moon has shuttered. Lemon Moon, Westside Media Center, 12200 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064, no phone.
Seasons 52 at Westfield Century City has closed. Seasons 52, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, no phone.