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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

Chef Eric Greenspan has opened Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese. The casual eatery features a menu of highly inventive grilled cheese creations. Greenspan's Grilled Cheese, 7465 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-591-0177.
 
Terrazza, a new café and lounge in Casa del Mar, will open in Spring 2014. The restaurant will overlook the ocean and feature a market-driven menu from chef Sven Mede. Guests can expect seasonal salads, pizzas, housemade pastas and a rotating selection of seafood, including crudo. Terrazza, Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-581-5533.
 
Quinn and Karen Hatfield (Hatfield's, The Sycamore Kitchen) will open Odys & Penelope in Fall 2014. The meat-centric concept will be influenced by the cooking methods of grilling and smoking. Odys & Penelope, 127 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
 
Faith & Flower has opened in downtown Los Angeles. The restaurant is helmed by executive chef Michael Hung, formerly of San Francisco’s La Folie, who is offering globally influenced California cuisine. Brunch will be available Sat.-Sun. as of April 19th. Faith & Flower, 705 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-239-0642.
 
SHIKI Beverly Hills has opened in the former Enoteca Drago space in Beverly Hills. Executive chef Shige Fujimoto (Matsuhisa, Asanebo) presents a chef’s selection “omakase” menu ($80) with Japanese dishes like halibut sashimi with sliced truffle. SHIKI Beverly Hills, 410 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-888-0036.
 
Former L'Orangerie GM Stephane Clasquin is opening L'Orangerie Bistro on Robertson Boulevard in summer 2014. Expect casual French fare and a piano bar. L'Orangerie Bistro, 426 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034, no phone.
 
Melissa Rosen's second outpost of Locali now serves up vegan, vegetarian and organic fare to Venice. Expect organic, probiotic smoothies, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, panini, soups, salads and quinoa bowls, alongside gluten-free baked goods and organic coffee drinks. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Locali, 701 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-399-2254.
 
On the rockin’ section of Sunset Strip, in the former Frankie and Johnnie's, Dough Pizzeria & Bar has opened. Expect arancini and stuffed squash blossoms, red kale salad, gnocchi with roasted oyster mushrooms and charred broccoli, and entrees including seabass, braised short rib and Jidori chicken. Pizzas range from standard Margherita and pepperoni to pies topped with braised short rib, trout or olive tapenade. Lunch & Dinner daily. Dough Pizzeria & Bar, 8947 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-276-7770.
 
Bardot has opened in Claremont Village in the space housing recently shuttered Harvard Square. The new eatery is a venture of Harvard Square owner Alain Fournier, who also owns two Café Allegro locations in the Inland Empire. Bardot features some French-inspired small plates, entrée salads, sandwiches and pastas in a more hip, updated space. Lunch & Dinner daily. Bardot, 206 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont, CA 91711, 909-621-2255.
 
The dramatically stunning but ill-fated Gonpachi on La Cienega has been transformed into Shan Social House, showcasing Japanese-style chukka cuisine and Wagyu beef specialties. Dining is by reservation only. Dishes include crab sunomono, sushi and sashimi samplers, sea cucumber, uni tempura, premium Wagyu filet mignon and rib eye (from Japan), seafood or beef shabu shabu, and two chef’s tasting menus. Expect garden-fresh craft cocktails and a luxe sake list. Lunch & Dinner daily. Shan Social House, 138 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-659-8887.
 
Art’s Table has opened in Santa Monica Art’s Table has opened in Santa Monica on Montana Avenue. Chef Mark Mittleman's (The Polo Lounge) American menu features a slow-roasted pork belly sandwich, mini sloppy Joe with smoked cheddar on a challah bun, albacore quinoa salad with pistachios, and local sea bass with gremolata. Brunch spotlights a lobster Benedict with onion confit, black garlic, arugula, poached eggs and Béarnaise. Art's Table, 1002 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-395-2500.
 
The Westfield Mall in Century City welcomes the latest outpost of Beijing-based chain Meizhou Dongpo, a sleek, chic Sichuan restaurant that in this location also features an outdoor patio and bar. Expect authentic classics ranging from pork dumplings and dan dan noodles to Peking duck, and sophisticated Sichuan dishes like pig's trotters, bobo chicken and prawns. Lunch & Dinner daily. Meizhou Dongpo, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, CA 90067, 310-788-0120.
 
Silver Lake’s chic new neighborhood spot Lucky Duck by Square One comes from the owners of Square One Dining and Gingergrass. Expect a seasonally changing menu from chef Bryan Stevens (Water Grill, BALEENkitchen) with dishes like local rockfish tartare, flowering arugula salad, duck fat fries with duck cracklings, wild Alaskan halibut with romesco, and a DeyDey’s beef grass-fed burger. Lou Amdur runs the wine program, which may win fans all on its own. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Lucky Duck by Square One, 2630 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-686-6304.
 
The Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles’s restaurant, LA Chapter, is now open on Broadway in Downtown L.A. Something of a sequel to the late Heath Ledger’s Brooklyn restaurant Five Leaves, this West Coast incarnation continues an homage to a blend of Modern American and Aussie cuisines. Chef Micah Fields turns out pasta with uni, duck and spätzle, and an Australian-style burger with pineapple, beets and a fried egg. Expect craft cocktails and a select wine list. LA Chapter, 927 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-623-3233.
 
Hospitality group Cardiff Giant (The Churchill, The Hudson) has taken over the former Heinz 57 loading dock in DTLA and opened Fifty Seven, a restaurant designed to showcase a rotating roster of top chefs from around the country. Chef David Nayfeld (Eleven Madison Park, Joel Robuchon’s Mansion, Aqua) debuts the project with a residency highlighting his progressive American cuisine; his menu features the likes of cochon de lait, spiny lobster and house-made bratwurst. The bar area offers bites from the chef, seasonal cocktails and a wine list leaning towards West Coast selections. There’s also a performance space downstairs. Dinner nightly. Fifty Seven, 712 South Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-816-8157.
 
Superba Food + Bread, a spin-off of Superba Snack Bar, has opened in Venice. The restaurant features New American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and highlights artisan breads. Expect pastries, sandwiches and salads for lunch; dinner items include pot pie with smoked turkey, pearl onions, carrots and a scallion and cheddar crust, as well as beef rib pot roast with rutabaga, stout, sour cream and caraway. Superba Food + Bread, 1905 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-907-5075.
 
Big Bear Lake Brewing Company is opening at Big Bear Village in the resort mountain town of Big Bear Lake. The microbrewery offers six craft beers on tap, including honey blonde ale, brown ale, Hefeweizen-style beer, porter, Indian pale ale, orange wheat, plus various seasonal ales. American whiskeys are offered, as well as California wines, all complementing a menu of gourmet pub fare that includes brick-oven pizzas. Big Bear Lake Brewing Company, 40827 Stone Rd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, 909-878-0500.
 
Brand 158 has opened in Glendale, and the kitchen is helmed by a familiar name to L.A. diners: Peter Roelant, once of L'Orangerie and Four Oaks. Here he turns out a much more approachable menu of pizzas, burgers, lobster rolls, as well as steaks and rack of lamb. There’s a full bar and desserts include Key lime pie and apple cobbler. Lunch & Dinner daily. Brand 158, 158 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91204, 818-305-2861.
 
FigOly at Luxe City Center Hotel in downtown Los Angeles has been retooled into Stafford + Mathis Kitchen. The restaurant presents a dual menu concept with the Stafford menu offering traditional cuisine and the Mathis menu featuring more adventurous fare. Stafford + Mathis Kitchen, Luxe City Center Hotel, 1020 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-743-7600.
 
The Taiwanese café Pine & Crane Noodle Co. will open in Silver Lake in the former Cru space in early April. Expect Taiwanese and Chinese dishes including twice-cooked pork, beef noodle soup, potstickers, dan dan noodles and locally sourced vegetable dishes. To drink, there will be craft beers, wine, boba and specialty Taiwanese teas. Lunch & Dinner daily. Pine & Crane Noodle Co., 1521 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
 
The Acme Bar Group (Library Bar, Laurel Tavern) will unveil the new Beelman’s Pub in the Historic Core at 6th and Spring Streets in Downtown L.A. this spring. A dramatic garden will sport ivy, moss, brick walls and cobblestone patio steps lit by European wall sconces and candlelight. Inside, there will be large communal tables, classic leather Pullman booths and walls of dark wood veneer. Expect a high-end, European-inspired cocktail list featuring Spanish sherry, Italian bitters and French bubbles, and a food menu with elevated pub fare and charcuterie. Beelman’s Pub, 600 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
 
The Cardiff Giant hospitality group (The Churchill, Clover Juice, The Hudson) and executive chef Joshua Drew (Farmshop) plan to open Cordoba in Los Feliz in fall 2014. The restaurant will be designed by Sam Marshall of Marshall Projects (Gjelina, Laurel Hardware), and will feature natural wood accents and textures, South American ceramics, along with a traditional Argentinean grill as the focal point of the room. Drew’s Argentinean-inspired menu will also highlight seasonal, local ingredients. Cordoba, 1816 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, no phone.
 
Southern California’s Brouwerij West will open the largest craft brewery in the city of Los Angeles in late 2014. 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. Chef Brendan Collins and general manager Carolos Tomazos of Culver City's Waterloo & City will oversee the restaurant, tailoring the menu to match the palate of Brouwerij West’s Belgian-inspired ales. Brouwerij West, Warehouse No. 9, 110 East 22nd St., San Pedro, CA 90731, no phone.
 
Celebrity chef Michael Mina has opened Bourbon Steak in Glendale Bourbon Steak, the highly regarded steakhouse concept from celebrity chef Michael Mina has opened at the Americana on Brand in Glendale. The menu revolves around organic, grass-fed and hormone-free beef with seasonal ingredients, as well as signature items like tableside tartare, lobster pot pie and truffle donuts. Lunch & Dinner daily. Bourbon Steak, Americana at Brand, 237 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91210, 818-839-4130.
 
Jimmy Shaw has opened his sixth Loteria Grill at FIGat7th, and with his brother Andy Shaw, an adjacent torteria (sandwich shop) stall called Torta Co. Expect regional Mexican specialties found at the other Loterias, and at the torta shop, Mexican-style sandwiches the likes of turkey mole, pulled pork, spicy wild mushroom, and red snapper. Lunch & Dinner daily. Torta Co. and Loteria Grill, 735 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-435-6782.
 
Roy Choi has opened POT in K-Town at The Line Los Angeles. Expect Korean food stylings crafted through Choi’s personal gastronomic lens, including hot pots, soups and barbecue. POT, The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010, 213-368-3030.
 
L L'Assiette has opened in the former space of The Colonial Wine Bar on March 20, 2014. Father-son team, Jacques and Marc Fiorentino partnered with Mary Anne Reyes (The Colonial Wine Bar) on this restaurant, which offers an all-inclusive meal of steak frites along with a choice of soup or salad. There is also an à la carte selection of cheeses and French pastries. L'Assiette, 7166 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-274-2319.
 
Replacing jer-ne at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, the hotel restaurant Cast & Plow now offers classic bistro fare. chef Umit Kaygusuz’ farm-to-table cuisine uses ingredients sourced from local fishermen and farmers, as well as from neighborhood growers, ranchers and farmers' markets. To drink, there are local wines and signature libations including a "Portside sangria" and the "blood orange Fizz." The restaurant features live seasonal entertainment, a communal table and terrace fire pits overlooking the marina. Cast & Plow, Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, 310-823-1700.
 
Cary Hardwick and Laurie Sisneros, owners of Spaghettini in Seal Beach, in conjunction with renowned saxophonist Dave Koz, will be opening their new Beverly Hills restaurant, Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge, this summer. The restaurant will offer refined California-inspired Italian cuisine in a state-of-the-art music venue. Executive chef Scott Howard’s menu will feature signature Spaghettini dishes from Seal Beach, including Parmesan-crusted Chilean sea bass, as well as new locally inspired Italian dishes such as Santa Barbara sea urchin with cucumber, jalapeño and pickled cherry, and orecchiette with six-hour Kurobuta pork bolognese, porcini mushrooms and Pecorino. Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge, 184 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
 
Restaurateur George Abou-Daoud (Rosewood Tavern) has moved his Lebanese café Urban Garden to Beverly Boulevard. His healthful, vegan-friendly “ancient food with a modern sensibility” features a menu of falafel, lamb and free-range chicken shawarma, poached albacore salad, Egyptian spinach stew and lamb and feta meatballs, as well as refreshing rosewater lemonade. Lunch & Dinner daily. Urban Garden, 7563 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-951-0990.
 
Santa Monica’s Seasalt Fish Grill plans to open a sister spot in Downtown L.A. Expect a menu including grilled fish, soup and salad, ranging from Southwest quinoa kale salad to Baja seafood chowder, as well as fish tacos and sandwiches. Seasalt Fish Grill, 7th St. & Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, no phone.
 
Chef Eduardo Ruis (Corazón y Miel) opened his spacious new Pasadena sausage spot Picnik on March 15. Expect 20 craft beers on tap and hand-made sausages (made from Duroc heritage pigs from Compart Family Farms), ranging from a “peasant sausage” of leeks and herbs, to sweet and spicy Italian, chorizo, bratwurst and lamb merguez. They’re served on baguettes with toppings like pickled red cabbage, sauerkraut and sautéed peppers. An attached retail store is also in the works. Picnik, 168 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-793-8008.
 
Chef Bruce Kalman (Urbano Pizza Bar, The Churchill) opened Union in Pasadena on March 11, featuring rustic field-to-table cooking inspired by Northern Italy and the California coast. Dishes include spring lamb with Grist & Toll grains, romesco and pickled green garlic, and orecchiette with "head and shoulder" pork ragu and gremolata. Beer and wine are served. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Union, 37 E. Union St., Pasadena, CA 91103, 626-795-5841.
 
Gunpowder has opened in Venice in the former Dagwood’s Pizza space, aiming to offer high-end, healthy caffeine in the form of signature tea drinks 24 hours a day. At this self-proclaimed “24-hour Tea Lab/Bakery/Workspace/Hangout," expect tea lattes, matcha smoothies and iced, fresh-fruit tea infusions ranging from jasmine and Asian pear to white-tea with strawberry, watermelon and blueberry. The gluten-free baked goodies are from Merce Muse (Paris). There’s also free WiFi and dogs are welcome. Gunpowder, 202 S Main St., Venice, CA 90291, 310-422-6138.
 
When you’re craving a Philly cheesesteak in Koreatown, head to Whiz, the new sandwich shop around the corner from Beer Belly. Cheesesteaks range from the “Whiz Wit” (Cheese Whiz and grilled onions,) to “Jalapeño Jack” (house-made pepper jack whiz and house-pickled jalapeños,) to Buffalo bleu chicken. Also featured are hot sandwiches with the likes of applewood bacon and pork shoulder meatballs, and cold hoagies as well. Lunch & Dinner daily. Whiz, 3901 W 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90020, 213-249-9449.
 
In downtown L.A., Local Table now offers eggs, sandwiches, salads and mains made with local, sustainable ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Expect sweet potato goji salad, a turkey apple sandwich, California black cod, wild rice stuffed Tuscan kale, and sesame chicken with red beet risotto. Also, you'll find Handsome Coffee drinks and fresh, cold-pressed juices. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat. Local Table, 800 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-488-2654.
 
West Hollywood welcomes Glazed Donut Bistro, which offers artisanal “Donuts for Grownups.” We don’t see why kids wouldn’t like the "Happy Happy Almond Joy" variety, the chocolate hazelnut crunch or the "Mambo Italiano," filled with a house-made Italian cannoli cream. Adults might prefer bourbon pecan pie donuts, and certainly the Stumptown coffee drinks. Savory lunch items also include fried chicken beignets and brioche donut sliders with barbecued pork. Breakfast & Lunch Tues.-Sun. Glazed Donut Bistro, 8807 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-0222.
 
The sustainable Belcampo Meat Co. --- which together comprises a ranch, a processing plant and now a butcher shop and restaurant in downtown L.A.’s Grand Central Market --- has opened. The store sells grass-fed beef, lamb, pork, poultry, goat and rabbit; a lunch counter serves soups, sandwiches, burgers and stews. Massiomo Spigaroli from Antica Corte Pallvicina in Italy is advising on an upcoming charcuterie program, and the company also has plans to open a Santa Monica location later this year. Belcampo Meat Co., Grand Central Market, 317 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-624-2378.
 
Mondo Taco’s second location has now opened in Santa Monica. Expect gourmet fusion tacos on handmade corn tortillas (or gluten-free) with chicken and chipotle with goat cheese, braised short rib and horseradish slaw, grilled Cajun fish with jambalaya, and coconut shrimp with curry sauce. Lunch & Dinner daily. Mondo Taco, 2200 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404, 310-310-8922.
 
In Beverly Hills, Comoncy Café has opened, offering Equator espresso coffee, breakfast sandwiches, kale, quinoa and arugula salads, and half a dozen kinds of sandwiches. Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Sat. Comoncy Cafe, 413 N. Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 424-285-8874.
 
The Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar is slated to open in April with chef Jason Fullilove (Da Vinci, The Tar Pit, LACMA) helming the stoves, offering a seafood-centric menu that includes crudo, small plates and larger entrées. Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar, 23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265, 310-456-8820.
 
Denver import Tom's Urban has opened at L.A. Live downtown. The casual menu offers dishes ranging from Xiangxiang crispy duck wings to cheeseburger sliders to pizzas. Tom's Urban, L.A. Live, 1011 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-746-8667.
 
Hardeep and Lena Manak, who founded Berlin Currywurst, have announced plans to open an eatery at the historic Grand Central Market in downtown L.A., which has been enhancing its quick-service food selection. The opening of this location, which will offer some traditional German breakfast specialties, in addition to its signature spicy sausages in curried ketchup, is expected in spring 2014. Berlin Currywurst, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
 
An Australian-inspired pub, Vaucluse, is now open in Charlie Chaplin’s former home on Sunset Boulevard, which was also a speakeasy during Prohibition. Dishes include Australian house-made sausage rolls, seared sea scallops, Australian lamb chops, mussels in tomato basil broth, and a flat iron steak with onion marmalade. Drinks feature seasonal handmade cocktails like the "Rose Petal" martini, wine, beer and cider. Brunch offers specialty omelets and a live DJ. Best conversation-starter? The $10,000 martini, which includes a one-carat diamond. Lunch & Dinner daily. Vaucluse, 8210 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-656-6196 .
 
Cecconi’s former GM Marino Monferrato has partnered with Salerno native chef Massimiliano Di Lascioof to open the sprawling new 7,000-square-foot DeSano Pizza Bakery in East Hollywood. Four large 900-degree ovens imported from Italy (with volcanic rock bottoms from Mount Vesuvius) will turn out Neopolitan-style specialty pies in 60 seconds. Each is made with ingredients sourced from Campania, including fresh mozzarella di bufula flown in weekly. Expect gelato and cannoli for dessert, and eventually a beer and wine list. Lunch & Dinner daily. DeSano Pizza Bakery, 4959 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-913-7000.
 
The bar at Wolfgang Puck Wolfgang Puck’s new Nest at WP24 is a more casual, modern restaurant and lounge adjacent to his fine dining venue WP24. Located on the 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton in downtown LA, expect superb views and elegant craft cocktails and wines. New signature dishes are found alongside some of WP24’s most popular plates, including sushi, prawn toast, Chinese crystal dumplings with King crab and Kurobota pork, General Tso’s chicken, crispy black pepper pork belly, Sambal black sea bass and roasted Cantonese duck. Dinner nightly.
 
Umami Restaurant Group has opened Roadhouse LA at the Improv in Hollywood. Chef Robbie Richter (New York's Hill Country and Fatty ‘Cue) has created an upscale global barbecue menu. Roadhouse LA, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-651-2583.
 
Organic bakery Aeirloom will soon replace the former Luca’s in Toluca Lake. An artisan Cal-Med breakfast and lunch menu (made with organic, GMO-free produce and humanely raised meats) will accompany bakery offerings including beet and fennel muffins, apple-rose tarts, French macarons and devil’s food cake with dark chocolate ganache. Aeirloom, 10550 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA 91602, 818-754-1955.
 
A swank new cocktail lounge in Studio City, Seventy7 North, (a sibling of the Culver City outpost Seventy7 Lounge), evokes a sexy speakeasy amid dark leather booths, shimmering chandeliers and vintage velvet wallpaper --- the entrance is even signaled by a red light above a darkened door. Expect craft cocktails like the Angel’s Share (Angel’s Envy Bourbon, Drambuie, plum-spice elixer, lemon and rhubarb bitters) and a wide selection of bourbons, whiskeys, rums, tequilas and beer. Dishes include sesame shrimp and truffle fries, candy-striped beet salad, an Asagio burger and specialty thin-crust pizzas. The late-night menu is available until 1 a.m. every night. Dinner nightly. Seventy7 North, 12514 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-985-9021.
 
On Melrose, adjacent to Larchmont Village, the new Midtown Bar & Kitchen is a collaboration between Maximillian Mamikunian & Marko Shafer (The Hotel Cafe) and Filippo Cortivo (Osteria Mamma). Expect classic cocktails, a global wine list, and a Cal-Med menu created by Loredana "Mamma" Cecchinato, featuring black truffle and duck salami, grilled lamb chops, and a mango and gorgonzola salad. Midtown Bar & Kitchen, 5722 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-460-4090.
 
Chef Hans Röckenwagner (Rockenwagner Bakery, 3 Square Cafe + Bakery) has launched Cafe Rockenwagner in Brentwood. The 1,500-square-foot space features a bar (offering beer and wine) and a large patio. Cafe Rockenwagner, 1168 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-478-6313.
 
Maude by chef Curtis Stone in Beverly Hills Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone's first restaurant, Maude, has opened to the public. He composes a monthly set menu inspired by a seasonal ingredient. View a photo gallery of the restaurant. Maude, 212 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-859-3418.
 
La Brea Bakery Cafe has re-opened with a new cafe menu La Brea Bakery Cafe has re-opened following renovations to the space. In addition to baked goods, there is a menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and main dishes like wood-roasted trout with pepperonata and grilled brocollini. Read more on GAYOT's blog. La Brea Bakery Cafe, 468 S. La Brea Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-939-6813.
 
Further evidence of Highland Park emerging out of the shadows is The Greyhound Bar & Grill, just opened on Figueroa Street. The clubby place offers shuffleboard in the back and flat-screen TVs at the bar, which serves classic cocktails. Bar food includes tandoori chicken wings, rib-eye nuggets, burgers and fries, fish and chips, and blackened salmon. Dinner nightly. The Greyhound Bar & Grill, 5570 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-900-0300.
 
Taking over the historic Art Deco building formerly housing Fatty’s in Eagle Rock will be Eagle Rock Brewery Public House, from the founders of Eagle Rock Brewery. After the initial debut of the dining room this spring, a 15-barrel brew house will be added to expand production of the well-regarded craft beer. A small plates menu is planned. Eagle Rock Brewery Public House, 1627 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041, no phone.
 
Innovative restaurateur Adam Fleischman (Umami Burger, 800 Degrees) is at it again, developing a concept that sounds completely weird but strangely delicious. ChocoChicken, serving fried chicken infused with chocolate, will debut in Spring 2014 in the downtown space previously occupied by Corkbar. House-made biscuits will be among the side dishes, and a full bar will be offered. ChocoChicken, 403 W. 12th St. , Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
 
Restaurateur Paul Hibler (Pitfire Artisan Pizza, Superba Snack Bar) has collaborated with John Cao, Chloe Tran and Jason Neroni (Superba Snack Bar) to open the stylish French-Vietnamese restaurant East Borough in downtown Culver City. Open daily for lunch and dinner, menu highlights include crispy daikon cakes with sambal and hoisin aioli; daily oysters and king crab with Thai basil, bird's eye mignonette and calamansi mayo; head-on blue shrimp with pomelo and crab paste butter served with ginger rice; and pork shank with crab paste, lettuce cups, pickles and multiple condiments. Expect a select list of cocktails, white wine and rosé, as well as American craft brews and Belgian beers. Lunch & Dinner daily. East Borough, 9810 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-596-8266.
 
Live Basil Pizza and Smashburger are now open at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. Event attendees and locals can enjoy signature pizzas made with organic ingredients, including gluten-free and vegan choices. Pizzas are individually assembled and then baked in an open flame oven in approximately 150 seconds. Also, find fresh salads, craft beer and wine by the glass. Adjacent to Live Basil, Smashburger adds its fifth location to the Greater Los Angeles area. Its handcrafted “smashed,” seared and seasoned-to-order hamburgers are found in a dozen original burger creations, alongside fresh tossed salads, milkshakes and local craft brews. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Live Basil Pizza/Smashburger, 800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-746-5483.
 
Piccolo Group’s executive chef Bobo Ivan and restaurateur Vittorio Viotti have opened the fast-casual gourmet delicatessen CiBOTECA in Santa Monica. Expect panini, salads, and dishes like pork belly bun baked in duck fat; smoked salmon with mushrooms, arugula and mascarpone; and tuna conserva with celery root, candied beets and olives. Ivan partners with Piccolo pastry chef Yukari Kamiya for desserts featuring green tea tiramisu and bite-size orange, rum and sesame chocolates. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. CiBOTECA, 606 Broadway Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-458-3366.
 
Chianina Steakhouse has debuted in the Naples area of Long Beach Chianina Steakhouse has debuted in the Naples area of Long Beach, a venture of Michael’s Restaurant Group, which operates Michael’s on Naples Ristorante. The concept is an upscale boutique steakhouse named after the Italian breed of cattle originally used for bistecca alla fiorentina. Starters include crispy pork belly with caramel apple purée, a tasting of Piedmontese and Prime beef carpaccio, and crudo. Both Piedmontese and Prime steaks are offered with various sauces, as well as some seafood dishes. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Chianina Steakhouse, 5716 E. Second St., Long Beach, CA 90803, 562-434-2333.
 
Renowned Miami restaurateur Barton G. Weiss (Barton G. The Restaurant) will open a dramatic 1,900-square-foot outpost of Barton G. The Restaurant on La Cienega in West Hollywood in Spring 2014. The menu will offer stylized, iconic American dishes including lobster pop tarts, citrus-spiked Samurai tuna, and Southern-inspired gizmo chicken with grilled peaches. Avant-garde cocktails will feature herbal-based recipes of fruit and vegetable bouillons, infusions, purées and extractions. Barton G. The Restaurant, 861 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069, 310-388-1888.
 

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The ironically rustic charm of Bigfoot Lodge in Atwater Village has deepened with the debut of two new patios and a showcase of the Western whiskey movement in a new craft cocktail list by Marcos Tello and Aidan Demarest of Liquid Assets. The Western whiskey-focused drink list features more than 20 small-batch whiskeys, ryes and bourbons hailing from the American West. Signature drinks include “One Good Buck” with Dancing Pines bourbon, fresh strawberry and soda; and “Donkey Punch” made with El Silencio mescal, vanilla liqueur, mint and lemon. Bigfoot Lodge, 3172 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-662-9227.
 
iPic Theaters to Feature Menu by Sherry Yard
Set to open this spring, the new luxury iPic Theaters in Westwood will feature six screens, 424 seats and a diverse, locally sourced gourmet menu designed by chef Sherry Yard that includes salmon tartare cones and lobster rolls. From Yard’s own Helms Bakery guests can expect treats such as chocolate chip toffee coffee cookies, triple gingerbread cookies, apple caramel ice cream cups with almond streusel, and crème fraiche rhubarb pops. A full-service bar will offer handcrafted cocktails by mixologist Adam Seger, featuring a locally driven fresh produce and herb-centric menu focusing on house-made syrups, bitters and infusions. iPic Theaters Westwood, 10840 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024, no phone.
 
Easter Catering Offerings from La Bottega Marino
La Bottega Marino is offering an Easter catering menu with options ranging from English pea soup ($10/quart) to lamb leg stew with favas, peas and carrots ($45, serves 4-6) to La Pastiera Napoletana, a traditional Easter dessert of grain cake with a flaky pastry shell ($45, serves 8-10). For more information, call 310-477-7777. La Bottega Marino, 11363 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 310-477-7777.
 
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Tableside For Two Menu At Café Pinot
Café Pinot presents the Two for Tableside dinner menu, a culinary program highlighting the art of tableside dramatic staging of dishes by executive chef Sydney Hunter. Available Monday through Friday, the tableside dish for two rotates every two weeks during dinner hours. Côte de boeuf, carved off the bone tableside, will be featured from March 24 to April 4; turbot, roasted in the oven with the skin and then deboned tableside, will be offered from April 7 to April 18; double-cut Salmon Creek Farm’s pork chop, oven-roasted with the bone-in, then presented tableside for bone removal, will be featured from April 21 to May 2; dorade, cooked with the whole head on and deboned tableside, will be offered from May 5 to May 16. Cafe Pinot, 700 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-239-6500.
 
New Project from Chef Josiah Citrin
A new project from Mélisse chef/owner Josiah Citrin is reportedly in the works: a casual restaurant taking over the Macchi's Bistro space in Marina del Rey. A name for the restaurant has not yet been announced. Mélisse, 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-395-0881.
 
Patina Group Expands with More Casual Eateries
Patina Restaurant Group has been in an expansion mode. Last fall, the restaurant group opened Patina Tokyo, and is now rolling out three new casual locations in L.A. Market Café at the corner of Hope and Sixth Streets downtown will provide breakfast and lunch for busy Financial District workers. In addition, the company’s third C+M and fifth Market Café arrived in Westwood on March 19. All three restaurants will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Market Café, 550 S. Hope St., Los Angeles; C+M, Market Café, 11111 and 11150 Santa Monica Blvd., Westwood.
 
Local Pizzeria in the Spotlight
Among the memorable moments from the 2014 Academy Awards was Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres handing out pizzas to the celebrities seated in the front rows of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. So where did the pies come from? They were delivered by Big Mama's & Papa's Pizzeria, which has 20 locations in the Southern California area, including one in Hollywood. Big Mama's & Papa's Pizzeria, 7353 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-851-8111.
 
Sofia Vergara & Buca Di Beppo To Kick-Off “Meatballs 4 Niños”
Emmy-award-winning actress and philanthropist, Sofia Vergara joins forces with Buca di Beppo for the Meatballs 4 Niños campaign that aims to raise money and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Buca di Beppo will donate $1 to St. Jude for every meatball appetizer, entrée and side dish served in the restaurant (it will also apply when guests order Buca-to-Go.) Buca di Beppo is best known for their half-pound meatballs, which are made fresh daily. Buca di Beppo, 80 W. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-792-7272.
 
San Diego's Bo-Beau Expands to Long Beach
San Diego’s Cohn Restaurant Group will recreate its Bo-Beau concept in Long Beach this winter with Bo-Beau Kitchen + Rooftop on Pine Avenue. It is expected to serve a Cal-French menu similar to its San Diego location, with charcuterie, oysters on the half shell, flatbreads from a wood-fired oven, various moules frites preparations, pastas and bistro entrées like steak frites and beef bourguignon. A rooftop beer garden may offer a lighter menu, complemented by 50 beers and tap and more than 100 vodkas. Bo-Beau Kitchen + Rooftop, 144 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802, no phone.
 
Michael Voltaggio’s New Signature Burger at Umami
Top Chef alum Michael Voltaggio (ink.) is collaborating with Umami Burger to host a guest appearance of his new signature burger at Umami locations nationwide. Voltaggio’s new Monte Cristo Burger is priced at $15, of which $1 from each burger will be donated to the Los Angeles Mission. It's a beef burger topped with Gruyère fondue and prosciutto, and served with a custard-soaked and fried Umami bun, dusted with powdered sugar and served with maple syrup on the side. The burger will be available for a limited time, but Umami’s series of “guest chef” burgers will continue (the previous signature patty was dreamed up by rock legend Slash). Umami Burger, 4655 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-669-3232.
 

UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS

Aaron Grissom has replaced Stefhanie Meyers as chef at Bow & Truss in North Hollywood. Bow & Truss, 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, 818-985-8787.
 
Pastry chef Sherry Yard, who left Spago Beverly Hills in early 2013, will open her own version of Helms Bakery in the historic Culver City space. The project is a partnership with chef Sang Yoon (Lukshon, Father's Office). Helms Bakery, 8800 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90034, no phone.
 

LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS


Innovative Dining Group (Sushi Roku, BOA Steakhouse, Katana, etc.) has closed Chi Lin, the Chinese restaurant adjacent to RivaBella. Chi Lin, 9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
 
Cafe Pierre closed on April 14, 2014 Chef Michael Fiorelli, most recently of mar'sel, is partnering with Cafe Pierre owners Guy Gabriele and his daughter, Sylvie, on a new Italian-inspired restaurant called Love and Salt. It will open this summer in the current space of Cafe Pierre, which closed April 14, 2014, after being in business for more than 30 years. In the meantime, diners should check out Guy Gabriele's Zazou in Redondo Beach and Sylvie Gabriele's Farm Stand in El Segundo. Cafe Pierre, 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, no phone.
 
Trader Vic's at L.A. Live has closed. Trader Vic's Lounge at The Beverly Hilton remains open. Trader Vic's, L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. A-120, Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
 
Chef Roy Yamaguchi has closed his downtown location of Roy’s; however the Roy’s spots in Pasadena, Anaheim, Newport Beach and Woodland Hills remain open. Roy's, 800 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, no phone.
 
The Hollywood Arclight Complex’s Southern barbecue joint, Roadside Eats, has closed. Roadside Eats, ArcLight, 6374 W. Sunset Blvd., Ste. D, Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
 
In Santa Monica, Italian favorite La Botte has closed. Chef/owner Stefano De Lorenzo is working on another yet undisclosed project. La Botte, 620 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
 
The popular Japanese restaurant on Sawtelle Robata-Ya has closed. It may be replaced with an izakaya spot in the near future. Robata-Ya, 2004 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 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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