Los Angeles Restaurant News
Fabrizio and Diana Bianconi (Via Veneto) have opened Bianconi in the former Ortolan space. Kris Keith’s Spacecraft Design Group revamped the restaurant with an Italian-European vintage-industrial look. The menu emphasizes traditional Italian cuisine with Mediterranean influences and focus on wood-fired cooking. Bianconi, 8338 W. Third St., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 323-879-9777.
Restaurateurs/chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts (Playa Provisions, Hudson House, The Tripel) have opened their fourth restaurant, Da Kikokiko, a casual, neighborhood-friendly Hawaiian concept. The eatery celebrates the island’s biggest street foods --- poké, shave ice and Spam musubi. Da Kikokiko, 12746 Jefferson Blvd., Playa Vista, CA 90094, 424-835-4192.
In Echo Park the hipstery honey hi is now serving breakfast and lunch, offering dishes like a Moroccan bowl with lamb harissa meatballs, zucchini noodles and carrot fennel slaw; a sweet potato and avocado sourdough tartine; bone broth; and a cashew yoghurt parfait. To drink, find coffee, smoothies and matcha lemonade. Frittatas, sandwiches and salads are coming to the menu soon. honey hi, 1620 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-221-7810.
Sandbox has opened in the former Bugatta Supperclub, with a nostalgic focus on vintage video, pinball and skiball games. Look for a slicked-up bar menu featuring short rib tacos with kimchi and hoisin glaze, smoked brisket quesadilla, specialty burgers, gourmet pizzas and a weekend brunch with bottomless bubbly. To drink, find specialty cocktails and martinis, along with draft beer and wine. There are three bars, and a patio out back. Sandbox, 7174 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-964-9494.
Salt & Straw, the iconic Portland-based ice cream purveyor, has opened its fourth Los Angeles scoop shop in Downtown LA’s Arts District. Look for popular flavors in cones, milkshakes and sundaes, including sea salt with caramel ribbons, Stumptown coffee & Compartes love nuts, avocado & strawberry sherbet, and black olive brittle & goat cheese. The new shop will also begin hosting a series of community events and pop-ups, including a Producer Series that spotlights area artisans with whom Salt & Straw collaborates on seasonal flavors. Salt & Straw, 829 E. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-988-7070.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar opens its fourth location in Los Angeles, heading west to Ocean Avenue along the coastline of Santa Monica. The launch of the brand’s newest outpost adds brand-new dishes and drinks inspired by the beach. Executive chef Sean Yontz presents a selection of seafood-focused appetizers and entrées to complement the restaurant’s signature lineup of burgers and loaded fries. The new plates include modern twists on traditional seaside dishes of New England and the Southern Gulf, such as lobster rolls and hot fish sandwiches. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-444-1411 .
Hollywood is all about sequels, so it's only fitting that Cleo should get one, too. Disruptive Restaurant Group, a subsidiary of sbe, has opened a branch of the Mediterranean restaurant at L.A. LIVE. Chef Daniel Elmaleh has created exclusive new dishes for the menu. Cleo, L.A. LIVE, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 424-888-7818.
Highland Park’s cozy new coffee/brunch spot is Jane, located in a vintage bungalow on York Boulevard. Look for fluffy omelets, chorizo huevos rancheros, kimchi fried rice and banana pancakes for breakfast/brunch; salads and sandwiches round out lunch. Four Barrel coffee offers a good caffeine fix, and there are front and back patios. Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Tues.-Sun. Jane, 5830 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
Kukui Hut Cafe has opened in East Hollywood, offering large portions of Hawaiian cuisine — traditional kalua pork and loco moco, as well as bbq plates and burgers, and for breakfast taro, pandan and ube pancakes. Fusions include kalua pork fries with fried eggs, and kalua pork mac and cheese. For dessert, explore shaved ice and tropical flans. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Kukui Hut Cafe, 1308 N. Edgemont St., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-522-6725.
The Toscana Restaurant Group (Toscana and Bar Toscana) will debut a new Italian restaurant, Nerano, in Beverly Hills in November 2016. Expect cuisine of the Amalfi coast from chef Michele Lisi (Vincenti), a bar program from William Perbellini (Bar Toscana) and a wine list specializing in Amalfi coast wines. The spacious restaurant will offer two dining rooms and two bars. Nerano, 9960 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-405-0155.
Restaurateur Adam Fleischman and chef Kiyoshiro Yamamoto (The Hump) will launch Ramen Roll in Culver City in the former Picnic LA space. Expect ramen, bowls, sushi and hand rolls. Look for the opening around Christmas or New Year’s 2016. Ramen Roll, 9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
San Francisco import Mr Holmes Bakehouse has set up shop in Highland Park. The bakery’s specialty is “cruffins” --- chewy-crispy, muffin-shaped, cream-filled, sugar-dusted croissants. Mr Holmes Bakehouse, 111 S. Avenue 59, Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
Manuela has made its debut in the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel arts complex in downtown Los Angeles. (The restaurant is named after the company's partner and co-president: Manuela Wirth.) Expect "soulful" fare with Southern flair and seasonal ingredients. Manuela, 901 E. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 323-849-0480.
Patina Restaurant Group has opened the brunch restaurant, Maple, at Descanso Gardens. Chef Mark Salazar’s brunch menu (served Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m to 2 p.m.) includes a beef short rib breakfast burrito, a garden Benedict with baby kale and roasted squash, brioche French toast, fried chicken and beignets, and a maple burger with fries. Winter dinner hours and menu will be announced in the fall. Brunch Sat.-Sun. Maple, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011, 818-949-4200.
Chef Neal Fraser (Redbird, BLD) has swapped out the hot dog concept Fritzi Dog with fried chicken spot Fritzi Coop in the Original Farmers Market. Temptations include The Classic sandwich with triple battered buttermilk fried chicken, house-made pimento cheese, lettuce and tomato. Fritzi Coop, Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-936-9436.
West Hollywood’s Rock and Reilly's Irish pub has opened a sister location in DTLA in the former FOH Mexican Restaurant. Don’t expect any more authentic Irish fare than the original spot’s Irish nachos, corned beef sliders, and tater tots, along with burgers, salads and a slew of bar food. To drink there are whiskey flights, beer floats, assorted cocktails, and rotating draught taps. Rock and Reilly's, 615 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, no phone.
West Hollywood is home to a location of New York seafood spot Catch. The rooftop space features a retractable roof as well as al fresco dining. Catch, 8715 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-347-6060.
Bestia alums Zach Negin and Daniel Flores have opened wine bar Tabula Rasa on Hollywood Boulevard in East Hollywood. Tabula Rasa Bar, 5125 Hollywood Blvd. , Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
Stop by Vinoteca at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills for a glass of wine and small plates like crudi, montanara (fried pizza dough) and more. House-made pastries and a jolt of java are served in the morning. Vinoteca, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-860-4000.
Breakfast and lunch spot Steven’s Deli has opened at the edge of downtown LA. Expect a deluxe blue bacon burger and a slew of hot sandwiches ranging from the herb beef cheese steak to Cajun chicken fajita, confit turkey melt and quad grilled cheese. Cold sandwich specials include the classic Italian and veggie delight, and you’ll also find the usual bacony breakfast sammies. Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Sat.. Steven’s Deli, 2232 Enterprise St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-236-0776.
Hollywood has a new, charming Mexican spot right off the 101, Mama Chela’s Kitchen. Find fresh, authentic tacos ($1.90) in varieties of pollo, carne asada, al pastor, carnitas and fish alongside burritos, fajitas, sopes and mulitas, as well as breakfast burritos. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., Lunch & Dinner daily.
Figueroa Street in Highland Park welcomes another chic eatery, Café Birdie. This airy neighborhood spot in a classic 1920s building sports marble tables, a long bar, wrought iron and rustic stylings. Chef/partner Joey Booterbaugh (The Hungry Cat) offers a Cal-Med menu with seasonal pastas, salads and other bistro-type fare. There’s a back patio and bar, and expect an elevated cocktail program. Café Birdie, 5631 Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-739-6928.
Chef Akasha Richmond (Akasha) has opened AR Cucina in the former Culver City space of her Indian restaurant Sāmbār. The new concept spotlights rustic, regional Italian cuisine inspired by her travels. AR Cucina, 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-558-8800.
We were great admirers of the creative, aesthetically pleasing dishes that chef Jordan Kahn invented at since-shuttered Red Medicine. Now, he's back on the Los Angeles dining scene with Destroyer, serving breakfast and lunch on weekdays. Expect offerings like chicken confit with charred lettuce, hazelnuts, black butter and yuzu. Destroyer, 3578 Hayden Ave., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
Little Tokyo has landed a new Filipino spot, Pili Manila Grill. Look for barbecue pork and chicken, glass noodles with vegetables, tapa (a popular morning favorite in the Philippines), and Pili spaghetti with a unique banana-flavored base. To drink, there’s cantaloupe and calamansi juice, and for dessert, try the turon --- banana fritters and jackfruit wrapped in a spring roll with caramelized brown sugar. Lunch & Dinner daily. Pili Manila Grill, 201 N. Los Angeles St., Ste. 103, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-533-2001.
Longtime Echo Park fans of Pizza Buona, which was around for more than five decades before being forced out by rising rents, are happy to welcome the restaurant back only blocks away on Alvarado Street. Look for traditional pizza pies with a big variety of toppings, and specialties ranging from the Rustica with shrimp to chicken and goat cheese and spinach feta. Also find salads, subs, wedding soup, and a long menu of pasta classics. Lunch & Dinner daily. Pizza Buona, 922 N. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-413-0800.
Craft beer and sports bar 33 Taps has morphed out of the former Good Microbrew location on Sunset Boulevard. Brunch fare ranges from a veggie omelet to eggs Benedict and fried chicken and waffle, while lunch and dinner options include fish and chips, filet mignon, an Angus beef burger and maple chipotle wings. As the place is situated in Silver Lake, expect a kale salad, Buffalo cauliflower and hummus. Besides local California craft brews (listed by area code), the beer menu features a selection of ales, ciders and wines. There are plenty of screens for watching the game, and a sidewalk patio, too, for when you're not. 33 Taps, 3725 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-338-7777.
Now soft open on Fairfax Avenue is Pearl's Finest Teas, a hip boba tea shop offering standards like black milk tea and chai, and lush flavors including Chamango, coconut taro slush, orange yuzu, cookies and cream, chrysanthemum buds and watermelon mint. Open daily. Pearl's Finest Teas, 523 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Pata Salada, a new Mexican seafood restaurant, has opened in the former Luna Park space on La Brea. Spanish tile and wood accents frame a long bar that specializes in mezcals, tequilas and craft cocktails. The “marisqueria” features fresh seafood from Kumamoto oysters to giant scallops, Pismo clams and king crab legs. Find a large selection of aguachiles, crudos, ceviches and cocteles; other appetizers include a pigs’ trotter tostada, squash blossom quesadilla and fried smelts. For mains, choose among sea bass, grilled Maine lobster and pork shank carnitas. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Pata Salada, 672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-988-3744.
The health-conscious chain True Food Kitchen has opened a location in Pasadena. The menu offers a selection of shareable appetizers, pizzas, salads and signatures, such as a quinoa burger, tacos and spaghetti squash casserole. True Food Kitchen, 168 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91204, 626-639-6818.
Celebrated San Francisco chef Charles Phan is opening an outpost of The Slanted Door in the City Market South in DTLA this November. Expect a sprawling space and a modern, upscale Vietnamese menu similar to the SF flagship, with a raw bar and dishes like Gulf shrimp spring rolls, daikon rice cakes, heirloom melon salad and grilled lemongrass rib-eye steak. The Slanted Door, 1124 San Julian St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
Chef Ricardo Zarate (Picca, Mo Chica) is up to bat again, and will open Rosaliné in the former Comme Ca space on Melrose this fall. Expect Peruvian dishes like trout tiradito, Peruvian pork belly, tuna ceviche salad and sweet potato fritters with manchego, jalapeño and stinging nettle.
In the Fashion District in DTLA, Chef Steve Samson (Sotto) will open RossoBlù in December, where he will feature house-made salumi, Neapolitan pizzas, fresh pastas and dishes from the middle regions of Italy. RossoBlù, 1124 San Julian St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
Serafina has opened in the former Maia space on the Sunset Strip. The Italian concept also has locations in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Puerto Rico. Serafina, 8768 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-659-9130.
Square One Dining co-owner John Himelstein, who co-founded the original Gingergrass in Silver Lake, has expanded the Vietnamese vision to Little Tokyo. The second branch of Gingergrass replaced Lazy Ox Canteen. Gingergrass, 241 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
In DTLA, Kachi Bowls and Grill offers Argentinean specialties and healthy bowls (including make-your-own bowls) with options ranging from steak to chimichurri and avocado. Find a variety of empanadas as well as burgers, sandwiches and kale Caesar or ahi Asian salads. Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Sat. Kachi Bowls and Grill, 231 E. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-628-3688.
Lao Tao Taiwanese Street Food has opened for lunch in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza. Expect authentic dishes ranging from oyster pancakes and beef noodles with marrow, to braised pork belly and twice-fried popcorn chicken. Lao Tao Taiwanese Street Food, Far East Plaza, 727 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-372-5318.
Chef Danny Elmaleh (Cleo) has taken over Simon’s Café, his father’s popular Moroccan restaurant in Sherman Oaks; it’s now named Mizlala. Simon Elmaleh still makes the place’s trademark beef and lamb merguez sausage, but his son has updated the Moroccan menu with saffron lemon tagine, octopus and grilled branzino, alongside falafel, lamb and steak kebabs, and seasonal salads. Expect a small wine list featuring some Moroccan wines. Mizlala, 4515 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, 818-783-6698.
Phillip Frankland Lee will open Woodley Proper, sharing the same complex in Encino as Scratch Bar & Kitchen and Oh Man! Ramen. Woodley Proper, Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, no phone.
Chef Ludo Lefebvre, along with partners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, will open a second location of Petit Trois in Sherman Oaks. Petit Trois, 13705 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818-986-2640.
TBC Hospitality will open Banditos Tacos & Tequila, a sports bar near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum stadium. It will feature lots of TVs, a full liquor selection (emphasizing tequila) and a food truck in the parking lot serving up tacos until the wee hours. Banditos Tacos & Tequila, 900 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90037, no phone.
Chef Marcel Vigneron has introduced Beefsteak next door to Wolf. This concept offers juices and "plant-based cuisine" for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beefsteak, 7661 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-424-7443.
Following up on the January opening of Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina in Santa Monica, the Italian concept has brought a location to West Hollywood. Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina, Sunset Plaza, 8630 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-5983.
Frozen Fruit Co has opened in Santa Monica on Montana Avenue, bringing a new type of soft serve (made solely from fruit) to the frozen dessert scene. The store's four flavors are Alphonso mango and strawberry; raspberry and orange; coconut; and cacao, date, pineapple and passionfruit. Frozen Fruit Co, 729 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 424-744-8860.
Afghani Kabob House has opened in Beverly Hills on Wilshire Boulevard. The restaurant took over the space previously occupied by Persian spot Pistachio Grill. Expect a menu of traditional Afghan dishes, including lamb shank in rice pilaf, stuffed breads, dumplings and beef, lamb and chicken kabobs. There’s also a cucumber mint yogurt drink and desserts like pistachio rosewater pudding or baklava. Afghani Kabob House, 8560 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-854-1020.
Mexican seafood restaurant La Carmencita Oracular Kitchen will open this fall in Hollywood on Highland Avenue. Guests will choose from a range of fresh ceviches, fish tacos and other Mexican seafood specialties. La Carmencita Oracular Kitchen, 1156 Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
The Valley’s popular Famous Label’s Delicatessen has reopened at its original site in Tarzana. The eatery will once again serve classic Jewish deli items like hot pastrami, brisket and corned beef on rye, as well as chopped liver and knishes, burgers, salads and all-day breakfast. Famous Label's Delicatessen, 19005 Ventura Blvd ., Tarzana, CA 91356, 818-343-3195.
Los Angeles will get its own location of famed Parisian pastry boutique Ladurée, known for its colorful macrons. This store and restaurant at The Grove will join the global brand’s other United States branches in New York and Miami. Ladurée, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
SBE will bring an outpost of Miami Italian restaurant Fi'lia to the new boutique James Hotel, which is set to open in West Hollywood in early 2017. Expect elevated Italian fare from chef Michael Schwartz (Fi'lia Miami, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink), including rustic pizzas, salads and a cocktail program from Zachary Patterson (Melrose Umbrella Co.). Fi’lia, James Hotel, 8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Pono Burger is now serving its organic, island-inspired burgers on the Sunset Strip. Exclusive to this branch are a selection of pupus (small plates such as teriyaki chicken skewers) and Pau Hana (happy hour) weekdays from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Pono Burger, 8830 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-666-0845.
Lost at Sea is Old Pasadena’s newest neighborhood seafood spot, courtesy of restaurateurs Santos Uy (Mignon, Papilles) and executive chef Tim Carey (Papilles). Carey turns out dishes with California ingredients imbued with French technique; look for high-end oysters; amberjack with tomatillo aguachile; snapper with shelling and wax beans, shimeji, tarragon fumet; and butterscotch pot de crème. Lost at Sea, 57 E. Holly St., Pasadena, CA 91103, 323-553-0563.
In Sherman Oaks, chef Andre Guerrero (The Oinkster, Maximiliano) will open Ramen Room this fall on Ventura Boulevard, in his former Marché space. Expect a menu of ramen and Filipino specialties, with draft beers, wines and sakes. Ramen Room, 13355 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, no phone.
Partners Beau Laughlin, Brett Cranston and Jay Milliken (Sawyer) have opened another concept on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. A 3,000-square-foot space that originally housed California Bank, Kettle Black boasts an original vault from when the venue was first built in 1922. Other focal points here include 17-foot ceilings, original tile and wood truss beams. Executive chef Sydney C. Hunter III (Café Pinot) heads up the kitchen, offering a rustic Italian menu with a variety of antipasti, plus dishes like orata crudo with sea bream, tangerine vinaigrette, pink peppercorns and malden salt; wood-oven pizza with crème fraiche, Yukon potato, broccolini and a sunny side-up egg; house-made gnocchi with braised lamb, sun-dried tomato and baby zucchini; and siciliano with sponge cake, candied pecans and smoked meringue. Dinner nightly. Kettle Black, 3705 W. Sunset Blvd. , Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-641-3705.
Here’s Looking at You, helmed by chef Jonathan Whitener (Animal), has opened in Koreatown. Whitener is offering a progressive menu with items such as sturgeon with aged rice porridge, chicken skin, caviar, buttermilk and seagrass; beef tartare with red chili, ramps, yolk, turnip and cress; and bubblegum ice cream with lychee and botanicals. Cocktails feature ingredients like pickled strawberry and beet-infused vodka, while the boutique wine list leans local or French. Dinner Wed.-Mon.
Blackhouse Hospitality (Little Sister, Steak & Whisky, etc.) has opened Suburbia in Redondo Beach. The menu of New American fare features options like poke, street corn "off the cob," fried chicken, spicy spaghetti and abura style ("soupless") ramen. Suburbia, 247 Avenida Del Norte, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, 424-398-0237.
Grill Concepts, Inc., the company behind hits like The Grill on the Alley and Public School, has opened seafood-focused Laurel Point. The Studio City 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 and cocktails with fresh juices. Laurel Point, 12050 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-769-6336.
Chef Zach Pollack (Alimento) will open Cosa Buona in Echo Park. Expect Italian-American fare like eggplant Parmesan. Cosa Buona, 2100 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
In Echo Park, the new street level café is serving locally roasted coffees and offers curbside pick-up --- ideal for anyone passing by on their morning commute. There are breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. In the morning, bagels and lox, white chocolate French toast and omelets reign. Later in the day, choose from gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches like a BrieLT, seasonal salads, wraps and “patortas” –-- a panini/torta mash-up. Desserts include brownies, pies and puddings. street level café, 1166 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-413-2233.
The space in Silver Lake formerly occupied by Koda is now under new ownership and has reopened as Kombu Sushi. There's a solid sushi menu plus udon and soba. Izkaya small plates range from agedashi tofu and dynamite mussels to tempura soft shell crab and miso-glazed black cod. Drinks include sake and Japanese beers. Consider sitting on the patio.
Chef Evan Funke (Bucato) will open Felix in the former 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.
Remodeled Chaya Venice Reopens with Revamped Style & Menu
Longtime favorite Chaya Venice has reopened with a light, mod and modern look and revamped menu after a two-week remodeling closure. Chef Yuichi Natori’s refreshed menu features old favorites, as well as uni risotto, rib-eye steak, a kaisen platter, duck sliders and twin butterflied quail. Chaya Venice, 110 Navy St., Venice, CA 90291, 310-396-1179.
Clifton's Launches Luxe Tiki Bar: The Pacific Seas
In downtown LA, the historic Clifton’s Cafeteria and nightlife venue will open a swank tiki bar, The Pacific Seas, in Fall 2016. It will be accessed via a secret staircase. Look for colorful murals, thatch work, vintage artifacts and live Polynesian performers. The bar’s vintage Chris Craft mahogany boat deck will serve classic tiki cocktails (think Mai Tais and Fog Cutters) and Polynesian cuisine from Clifton’s chef Andrew Pastore, including a bluefin tuna poke platter, lump crab cakes, lobster dynamite, and a crispy whole red snapper. The Pacific Seas will be open Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 p.m.-midnight, and Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m.-2:30 a.m. The Pacific Seas, 648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-627-1673.
Spooktacular Ice Cream Flavors at Salt & Straw
Ice cream shop Salt & Straw is serving up a special "Spooktacular Series" of flavors for the month of October. Dracula’s Blood Pudding is not for the squeamish! It’s made with real blood pudding with a hint of chicken liver. Sugar fiends will go gaga over the The Great Candycopia, composed of salted butterscotch ice cream loaded with homemade Snickers, Whoppers, Heath Bars and peanut butter cups. Jack o’ Lantern Pumpkin Sherbet ignores pumpkin spice mania and simply sticks with the squash’s natural flavor. The red-tinted Love Potion Sorbet tickles the tongue with a blend of aphrodisiac fruits and spices, while Essence of Ghost is a slightly musky sherbet tinged with wisps of gray. These flavors are available by the scoop, flight or pint. (The variety pack is also available for nationwide shipping.) Salt & Straw, 240 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323-466-0485.
The NoMad Coming to Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles will be home to The NoMad, helmed by Eleven Madison Park chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara. The hotel and restaurant concept started in New York and is also expanding to Las Vegas. Get a taste of what's to come at the NoMad Truck, which is parked at The Line Los Angeles hotel in Koreatown. The NoMad Los Angeles, Giannini Place, 649 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Movin' On Up! Doma Kitchen to Relocate
Doma Kitchen, a charming bistro in Manhattan Beach offering Eastern European comfort food, will relocate to the Marina Marketplace in Marina del Rey. In the larger space, the restaurant plans to present exclusive dinners with chef Kristina Miksyte, as well as offer the opportunity to host private parties. Doma Kitchen, Manhattan Village, 3562 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-647-3157.
Baltaire Debuts New Casual Lunch Menu
Baltaire has updated their lunch menu with a more casual, approachable setting and new selections, along with mocktails. Executive chef Travis Strickland’s newly debuted lunch dishes include grilled Hawaiian albacore, tuna conserva sandwich on sourdough with Hook’s cheddar, and smoked salmon avocado toast. Baltaire’s new mocktails include blackberry lemonade with blackberries, fresh lemon and club soda. Baltaire, 11647 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 424-273-1660 .
Ledlow Splits into Two Restaurants
Josef Centeno (Baco Mercat, Bar Ama) is dividing his downtown spot Ledlow into two concepts. Ledlow proper, though downsized, will refocus on whiskey and haute bar food; the other half, P. Y. T., will offer mostly vegetarian options. Light breakfast service will continue. Ledlow, 400 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-687-7015.
Odys & Penelope Launches Weekend Brunch
Quinn and Karen Hatfield’s Odys & Penelope is now offering weekend brunch. Look for grilled focaccia avocado toast; summer chops with peach, lemon cucumber, feta and mizuna; yeast-raised buckwheat Belgian waﬄes with chocolate chips; a ham-and-chese baked omelet; and warm skillet buns with maple brown-butter glaze. Odys & Penelope, 127 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-939-1033.
Terrine Debuts New Brunch Menu and Rosé All Day
At Terrine, chef Kris Morningstar is set to debut a new brunch menu August 13, 2016. Look for the Terrine burger benedict with brioche, watercress red onion confit, Comté cheese, a sunny egg and béarnaise; a smoked trout potato cake with frisée salad, horseradish crème fraiche, a sunny egg and trout roe; and a warm vegetarian grain bowl. The new brunch also introduces their “Rosé All Day,” a deal that offers guests a bottomless glass of Pichard & Jourdan Chinon Rosé for $20. Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
The Cannibal Launches Weekend Brunch
The Cannibal Beer & Butcher in Culver City has launched a new weekend brunch menu, available Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Highlights include a "German Breakfast" charcuterie board, the "Cannibal Benedict" (crumpet, beef tartare, poached egg, béarnaise), Easter pie (a traditional Italian dish with meat and cheese in a pastry crust) and a green bloody Mary with fire roasted tomatillo. The Cannibal Beer & Butcher, Platform, 8850 Washington Ave., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-838-2783.
Chef Raphael Lunetta (former chef-owner of the shuttered French restaurant JiRaffe) is back on the Santa Monica dining scene at The Georgian hotel. He will introduce new menus of "Coastal California" fare at The Veranda restaurant. The Veranda, The Georgian Hotel, 1415 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 800-538-8147.
Restaurateur Stéphane Bombet and executive chef Michael Hung have parted ways with Viviane restaurant. Viviane, Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills, 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-407-7791.
When downtown's Figueroa Hotel re-opens after renovations, it will feature two restaurants overseen by chef Casey Lane. Figueroa Hotel, 939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-627-8971, 800-421-9092.
Chef Miles Thompson, formerly of Allumette, is now overseeing the kitchen at Michael's in Santa Monica. Michael's, 1147 Third St., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-451-0843.
DOMA executive chef Dustin Trani, one of GAYOT's 2013 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the U.S., has moved on from the Beverly Hills restaurant. He says there will be "big news on the horizon" regarding his next move, so stay tuned! DOMA, 362 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-277-7346.
Former chef at Little Sparrow, Eric Sanmaniego, is now the chef de cuisine at Michael’s on Naples Ristorante. Michael's on Naples Ristorante, 5620 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, CA 90803, 562-439-7080.
Former Alma duo Ari Taymor and Ashleigh Parsons are taking over the kitchen at The Standard Hollywood following a harmonious residency there. Look for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus "inspired by the landscape and terroir of Southern California." Many fans hope that popular Alma dishes will reappear here, such as Taymor's seaweed and tofu beignets topped with yuzu koshu and lime; frozen foie gras with smoked maple, coffee granola and carrots; and Jidori chicken with chanterelle, apricot and vadouvan. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily. The Standard Hollywood, 8300 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-650-9090.
On Pico, Steingarten, the gastropub popular for its lengthy menu of sausages and fine beers, has closed. Steingarten, 10543 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064, no phone.
Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, formerly Food Network's “Too Hot Tamales,” closed the original Santa Monica location of their Border Grill restaurant after more than two decades of business. The duo plan to open a new concept in Santa Monica. Border Grill Downtown LA remains open. Border Grill, 1445 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
Moruno at The Original Farmers Market has closed. Sister establishment Bar Moruno at Grand Central Market remains open. Moruno, The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., 110, Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Caribbean restaurant Cha Cha Cha in Silver Lake has shuttered. Cha Cha Cha, 656 N. Virgil Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004, no phone.
The Silver Lake location of Intelligentsia is temporarily closed for renovations. Intelligentsia, Sunset Junction, 3922 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-663-6173.
The folks behind Peruvian favorite Los Balcones in Hollywood have closed Chavela Comida y Sangria, the vegan restaurant next door. Chavela Comida y Sangria, 1358 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028, no phone.
Your days to enjoy a beachside meal at Gladstone's may be numbered. Its agreement with the County of Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors is reportedly scheduled to end in October 2017. Gladstone's, 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, 310-454-3474.
Craft beer bar Barrel Down in downtown Los Angeles closed on August 28, 2016. It has been replaced by Brack Shop Tavern, a new concept from Last Word Hospitality. Barrel Down, 525 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
In Westwood, the popular Glendon Bar & Kitchen has closed. Glendon Bar & Kitchen, 1071 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, no phone.
Din Tai Fung’s historic first U.S. location in Arcadia is temporarily closed for renovations. Taiwanese dumpling lovers can head to the Din Tai Fung that opened at the Westfield Santa Anita mall a few blocks away. There are also plenty of seats available at the newish location of Din Tai Fung at The Americana at Brand in Glendale. Din Tai Fung, 1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007, no phone.
The Culver City location of the healthful LYFE Kitchen has closed. Fans of the chain can visit the the Playa Vista store, which remains open. LYFE Kitchen, 9540 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
Chef Alain Giraud's Maison Giraud closed on July 10, 2016, due to construction on the Palisades Village project. Maison Giraud, 1032 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, no phone.
Santa Monica's eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery has closed. eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery, 1705 Ocean Ave., Ste. 111, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
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