Los Angeles Restaurant News
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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
One of L.A’s longtime favorite burger joints is back. Cassell’s Hamburgers has reopened at the newly restored Hotel Normandie, just a few blocks from its original location. Al Cassell’s original 1948 burger is paid homage by chef Christian Page (formerly of Short Order), whose “cross-fire” burger is made from house-ground, grass-fed Colorado angus chuck and served with Thousand Island dressing, lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles on a Parker House bun. Also expect breakfasts, sandwiches, traditional sides of potato salad and cole slaw, and house-made sodas and shakes. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Cassell’s Hamburgers, Hotel Normandie, 3600 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90020, 213-387-5022.
Lobsta Shack, the brick-and-mortar spinoff of the ever-popular Lobsta Truck, is now officially open in Chinatown on Cesar Chavez at Grand Avenue. Expect the iconic New England lobster roll with hot drawn butter (served with fries), but also an expanded menu featuring the likes of lobster mac and cheese, lobster spaghetti, and whole steamed lobster. Landlubbers can find rib eye steak and Cajun Andouille sausage. To drink, there’s fresh-squeezed strawberry lemonade or root soda. Lunch & Dinner daily. Lobsta Shack, 701 W Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 323-999-1797.
Rooftop supper club E.P & L.P (“extended play” and “long play”) will open this spring on the corner of Melrose and La Cienega. Australian chef Louis Tikaram calls up his Fijian, Chinese and Indian roots at this self-styled “Asian eating house,” with dishes like grilled short rib with ginger and coriander root, Fijian ceviche with cilantro and coconut, and traditional Fijian lovo --- meat and vegetables wrapped in banana leaves and steamed in a pit of hot rocks. Designed by Projects of Imagination, the eatery will be on the first floor, while the 4,000-square-foot rooftop lounge will host several bars. E.P & L.P, 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
A devilishly named New York-style pizzeria, by way of Boyle Heights, is destined to be a hit with hip Silver Lake diners, especially with a prime sidewalk location on Sunset in the former space of Madame Matisse. Purgatory At The Junction offers specialty pizzas (including spicy numbers named "Dante’s Revenge" and "Fourth Horseman"), as well as four vegan varieties. Also expect salads, sandwiches, pastas and full-on rockin’ weekend brunch. Lunch & Dinner daily. Purgatory at the Junction
, 3536 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-741-8300.
The team behind Los Feliz’s popular Bar Covell has opened their newest wine-centric concept, Augustine, in Sherman Oaks. Augustine offers 75 wines by the glass, ranging in price from $10-$100, and bottles ranging from $100-$1000. The selection includes rarities such as an 1874 Chateau Lafite and a 1934 Chateau Margaux. A selection of rare bottled beers, along with six varieties on tap, are also available. Chef Evan Algorri’s (Bouley, Union Square Café) opening menu features braised octopus, root vegetable Caesar salad, charcuterie and spiced nuts. Dinner nightly. Augustine, 13456 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818-990-0938.
Southern California’s Brouwerij West will open its craft brewery in Summer 2015. 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.
Chef Ray Garcia, previously of FIG, is teaming up with restaurateur Bill Chait on Broken Spanish, located in the former Rivera space in downtown Los Angeles. Broken Spanish, Met Lofts, 1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, No phone.
Silver Lake’s savvy new spot for Kansas City barbecue, small-batch bourbons and craft beers is Charcoal, on Hyperion Avenue. Chef Jeremy Zimmerman (Sunset Marquis) has imported a 1,700-pound smoker to cook up the likes of ribs and dry-rubbed brisket. He also fashions barbecued pork loin into a banh mi with smoked cola aïoli, and serves a pulled pork sandwich with greens and a fried egg. The bourbon program (with a list of more than 80 brown liquors) specializes in small batches spanning 13 states, including Breckenridge (Colorado) and Angel's Envy (Kentucky). The beer list focuses on Belgian ales, and mixologist Tavis Chavez (EVELEIGH, FIG) offers an enticing cocktail list. Dinner nightly. Charcoal, 2611 N. Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-300-5500.
Chef Akasha Richmond (Akasha) has taken over the former Ford’s Filling Station space in Culver City and plans to open a modern Cal-Indian restaurant, called Sambar. Sambar, 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
The Independence, a modern tavern, has opened in Santa Monica’s former Buddha’s Belly space. The neighborhood restaurant and bar features market-driven food and cocktails. The Independence, 205 Broadway Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-458-2500.
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop has opened a new location in Hollywood. This salad-centric spot features a full bar along with reclaimed wood among the décor and a patio with heat lamps and a fire pit. Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, 6201 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 120, Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-380-5127.
Mid-Wishire’s former El Toro has become Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern, a gastropub featuring more than 120 whiskies, and a menu of small plates, gourmet pizzas and refined pub fare. Chef Gavin Mills (Wood & Vine) dishes up charcuterie (duck and cherry pâté, Finnocchio fennel sausage), Brie tartine, braised short rib gnocci, New Zealand lamb chops, steamed mussels and garlic prawns. Also, find wood-fired pizzas with toppings ranging from roasted pork belly to Brussels sprouts and fresno chilies. Lunch & Dinner daily. Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern,
5364 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-525-2615.
Prova Pizzeria has opened in the former Pizza Joint space in West Hollywood. Chef Vito Iacopelli (Michael’s Pizzeria, Long Beach) uses his family’s 100-year-old recipe from Italy, creating pies in the wood-fired oven like the “Vito” topped with mortadella, pistachios, oregano and stracciatella cheese, or a classic Marghertia with San Marzano tomatoes. Also expect kale, fennel and artichoke salads, house-made meatballs and gelato. To drink, there's house wine and bottled beer. Lunch & DInner daily. Prova Pizzeria, 8729 Santa Monica Blvd
., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-855-7285.
NorCal’s family-owned Kinder's BBQ has launched its first Southern California eatery at STAPLES Center. Kinder’s Smokehouse BBQ is located on the City View Terrace, (next to section 325.) The menu features the restaurant’s famous ball tip sandwich, specialty hand-chopped sandwiches, barbecue brisket, barbecue pork shoulder, rotisserie chicken and sides like slow-smoked beans, honey cheddar cornbread and horseradish slaw.
Mark Peel (Campanile, The Tar Pit) will open his “fast-serve” fish stand restaurant, Bombo, downtown at the Grand Central Market this March. Expect roughly 10 gourmet fish dishes that can be cooked in under four minutes, including seared Spanish mackerel on rice, mussels in curried cream, and lobster bouillabaisse, alongside seasonal salads. Bombo, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, 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 (including Geneva and Dubai) devoted to a single menu item --- steak frites --- along with French wine and desserts. Décor will follow the Paris flagship, with wooden bistro chairs, art posters and tiled floors, and there will be outdoor seating, too. Look for a Spring 2015 opening. Le Relais De l’Entrecôte, 8755 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Hannah An (Crustacean) has opened The District by Hannah An in the former Duplex space. Expect chic French colonial décor and a Vietnamese menu accented by Californian, French and Japanese flavors. The District by Hannah An, 8722 W. 3rd St.
, Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-278-2345 .
Simmzy's has opened a location in Burbank. The restaurant offers a casual menu of gastropub fare along with two dozen rotating craft beers on tap. Simmzy's, 3000 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91505, 818-962-2500.
Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu have opened Flautas, a fast-casual ode to the traditional Mexican dish of crisp-fried Mexican rolled tacos. Not to be confused with the ubiquitous taquito, flautas are larger in size, and as is traditional in the chefs’ native Jalisco, are topped with various sauces, salsas and moles. Look for cochinita pibil filled with roasted pork shoulder meat marinated with orange juice and spices. Flautas, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008, 323-773-1898.
Quinn and Karen Hatfield (Hatfield's, The Sycamore Kitchen) have opened Odys & Penelope for dinner service as of January 12, 2015. The meat-centric concept is influenced by the cooking methods of grilling and smoking. Odys & Penelope, 127 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-939-1033.
Matthew Kenney’s Plant Food and Wine is slated to open on Abbot Kinney in early 2015 in the former Axe space. It will offer a selection of locally sourced, plant-based fare, accompanied by an extensive wine list of organic and biodynamic varietals. The 70-seat restaurant includes an open-air courtyard, and décor features reclaimed wood and exposed beams, fire pits and a private dining and wine room. Expect almond burrata with spicy winter fruit and biscotti; roasted cauliflower with concord grape, buckwheat and tarragon; salt-baked baby roots finished with heirloom spelt berries, hazelnut, Meyer lemon and watercress; and mushroom “bouillabaisse” served with black garbanzo, sea palm, braised fennel, saffron and Pernod. Lunch & Dinner daily; Brunch Sat.-Sun. Plant Food and Wine, 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
A second Chop Daddy’s fast-casual barbecue spot has soft-opened its lunch window on Washington Boulevard in Culver City. Expect favorites found on the flagship Venice menu, including a smoked barbecue pork belly sandwich, pulled pork, brisket and smoked chicken. The new location anticipates a summer opening for the full restaurant, once renovations of the existing dining room are complete. The space will feature 50 seats, as well as beer and wine. Lunch daily. Chop Daddy's, 9552 W Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-559 5967.
Andy Ricker has opened Pok Pok Phat Thai in Chinatown, inside the Far East Plaza. This sibling of Ricker’s New York eatery features a menu of stir-fried noodles including the eponymous Phat Thai (pad Thai) with ground pork or prawns, flat noodles with pork and Chinese broccoli, mussel crepes, and water spinach stir-fried with pork and garlic. Pok Pok Phat Thai, 727 N. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-628-3071.
A posh new Santa Monica eatery, aestus, is now open on Wilshire Boulevard. Executive chef Alex Ageneau (Patina, The Royce) offers a California-influenced, seasonal menu with highlights including a charcuterie board with duck pâté and pork rillettes; grilled octopus salad with fennel, radish and clementine; grass-fed beef with sunchokes, kale and mushrooms; and fire-roasted chicken with potatoes, bitter greens and espelette, prepared on an open, wood-burning grill. Former Spago wine director, Kevin O’Connor creates a wine list composed of old and new world selections, and bar director Marissa Grasmick (The Varnish) mixes classic and craft cocktails. Dinner Nightly Tues.-Sun. aestus, 507 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 424-268-4433.
Empress Pavilion, Chinatown’s beloved dim sum parlor of 25 years, closed last year but has been reopened by Ocean Seafood owner Andy Lau. Expect the same traditional dim sum, with rolling carts, in a revamped dining room. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Empress Pavilion, 988 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-617-9898.
Shanghai Rose has replaced the former Chi Dynasty outpost in Studio City, now serving daily dim sum, along with other traditional Chinese dishes like honey-walnut shrimp and Beijing duck. Guests can watch the chefs work in the open kitchen. Lunch & Dinner daily. Shanghai Rose, 12229 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-762-2542.
Wally's, the wine and spirits shop, has turned the former space of monsieur marcel in Beverly Hills into Wally's Vinoteca. Wally's Vinoteca, 447 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-475-3540.
Native Corsicans chef Olympe Ricco and Cedric Savelli and have opened the first Corsican eatery in Los Angeles, Napoleon & Josephine, on Melrose Avenue. Dishes include Corsican-style veal stew, wild-caught black cod and goat cheese cannelloni. Expect wines from Calvi, Figari, Sartene and Patrimonio. Dinner Tues-Sun.
Bunker Hill is the location of downtown’s new Pez Cantina, a sprawling “coastal Mexican kitchen” with specialties from the Yucatan, Baja and Oaxaca. Chef/owner Bret Thompson (Patina, Milk) turns out sustainable, fresh ceviches and cocteles, fish tacos and dishes like tamarind-glazed baby back ribs, shrimp taquitos, cochinita pibil and crispy skin chicken. The patio offers handmade cocktails, including specialty margaritas, and there’s a selection of California-focused wine and craft beers from California and Mexico. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat. Pez Cantina, 401 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-258-2280.
Echo Park has a charming new farm-to-table eatery, Ostrich Farm, on Sunset Boulevard. Expect flatbread with Stilton and truffle oil, rough-chopped chicken liver on toasts, Dungeness crab salad with radish and grapefruit, and braised beef pot pie. The wine and beer list is small but select. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Ostrich Farm, 1525 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-537-0657.
Chef Neal Fraser has opened Redbird in the old rectory building at the historic St. Vibiana Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. Fraser, wife Amy Knoll Fraser and restaurateur Bill Chait (République, Bestia, Petty Cash Taqueria, etc.) currently operate Vibiana, a special events venue at the cathedral. The space features an outdoor dining area with retractable roof, as well as an indoor lounge offering cocktails from mixologist Julian Cox. Redbird, St. Vibiana Cathedral, 214 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-788-1191.
Cary Hardwick and Laurie Sisneros, owners of Spaghettini in Seal Beach, in conjunction with renowned saxophonist Dave Koz, opened their new Beverly Hills restaurant, Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge. The restaurant offers refined California-inspired Italian cuisine in a state-of-the-art music venue. Executive chef Scott Howard’s menu features 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, 310-424-4600.
The Horn, West Hollywood’s newest steakhouse, is a bar and lounge that specializes in steaks, game and cocktails, courtesy of executive chef Adam Mitrano, a Gordon Ramsay alum, and Adam Klesh (Industry Bar, NYC.) Expect crispy alligator nuggets, a roasted pig head, pork belly chili and wood-grilled boar chop, along with salmon, mussels, pasta and burgers. Craft cocktails include a rhubarb Negroni and blackberry/elderflower Pimm's Cup accented with tarragon. The Horn, 8933 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069, 310-933-6678.
The Houston Brothers (La Descarga, Harvard & Stone) have made a foray into restaurants with an American bistro, Butchers & Barbers. Luke Reyes (The Corner Door) is helming the stoves, turning out habanero mussels, lamb sausage, house-cured charcuterie and a côte du boeuf for two. Don’t worry, there will still be fancy cocktails. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Butchers & Barbers, 6531 Hollywood Blvd.
, Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-461-1464.
A new project from Stéphane Bombet (Faith & Flower, Picca), Terrine features the cuisine of chef Kris Morningstar (formerly of Ray’s & Stark Bar). Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
In Venice, chef-owner Travis Lett’s (Gjelina) Gjusta is a gorgeous new gourmet deli/bakery with burgeoning café space on deck. Find house-made pickled herring, smoked fish and charcuterie, breads and pastries, duck confit and artisan pickles. The espresso comes from a big La Marzocco machine. In the future, anticipate beer and wine, along with dinner hours and more seating. Breakfast & Lunch Tues.-Sun. Gjusta, 320 Sunset Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310) 314-0320.
Chef Ricardo Diaz (Colonia Taco Lounge, Guisados) is teaming up with Adam Fleischman (Umami Burger) to open Tacoteca, a mezcal and taco lounge in Santa Monica in the former Charleston space. Expect grilled octopus tacos with serrano-peanut salsa, duck tacos, pork belly chicharron quesadillas, and a fine mezcal list, alongside specialty mezcal cocktails. Tacoteca, 2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-828-2115.
Pitfire Artisan Pizza has brought its wood-fired offerings to Pasadena with its eighth restaurant. Located Old Town-adjacent in the former Sizzler location on Arroyo Parkway, Pitfire is the brainchild of owner Paul Hibler, of Superba renown. Indoor and outdoor seating are available, the indoor focus being Pitfire’s signature wood-fired kiln. While pizzas take center stage, including one made with house-made burrata, menu options feature spaghetti with chicken meatballs and a variety of handmade salads. The full bar is stocked with an array of wine and beer, in addition to cocktails, both classic and seasonal. There is ample space for group gatherings, children’s birthday celebrations and pizza-making parties. Pitfire Artisan Pizza, 730 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-376-9005.
Restaurateur/chef partners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) have another Fairfax restaurant coming down the pike in 2015, called Jon & Vinny’s. The concept will also feature a wine store overseen by Helen Johannesen. Jon & Vinny's, 412 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Koreatown plays host to a new restaurant from Gary Menes, Le Comptoir (which means “the counter,”) in the refurbished Hotel Normandie. The modern, intimate space seats just 10 diners for a chef’s tasting menu five nights a week. Dinner Tues.-Sat. Le Comptoir, Hotel Normandie, 605 S. Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005, no phone.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT DEALS & PROMOTIONS
Roy Choi’s A-Frame Goes Hawaiian
Roy Choi has updated his restaurant A-Frame with a new chef, Johnny Yoo (Melisse, Drago Centro), vintage Hawaiian décor, and a revamped menu. The food offerings are heavy on Hawaiian twists like taro hush puppies, poke, chili rice cakes with cheddar and pineapple, and a "Loco Moco" hamburger steak with a sunny side up egg and Japanese curry. New cocktails include the "Zombie Isle," made with fancy rums, lime, apricot and absinthe. A-Frame, 12565 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-398-7700.
Parisian Bistro Pop-up Featuring Chef David Féau
Executive chef David Féau (The Royce) has partnered with Adam Fleischman on Coin de Rue, a Parisian-style bistro pop-up, located in the former Red Medicine space. Prix-fixe menu items include cabbage and sea urchin soft scrambled eggs, turmeric crab bisque, monkfish Bouillabaisse, roasted duck Apicius and apple tart Tatin. Additional bar bites are available, such as rabbit terrine and caramel peppercorn puff with chicken liver foie gras mousse. The prix-fixe menu is priced at $55 for four courses, with a supplemental bar bites menu available a la carte. Wine pairings are available for an additional $25. Classic cocktails by mixologist Cody Summer (The Varnish, Seven Grand) are also available throughout the night for $12 each. Coin de Rue's dates are February 12-14, February 19-21 and February 26-28, 2015. Each night, the first seating is at 6 p.m., with the final seating at 9:30 p.m. For reservations, call 310-943-9650. A credit card payment will be collected at the time of booking to confirm. Coin de Rue, 8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-943-9650.
Chef Kris Morningstar Debuts Brunch at Terrine
Terrine has announced a three-day brunch service (Friday-Sunday) with a menu from chef Kris Morningstar that includes pain perdu with vanilla-battered French toast, sea salt caramel frosting and maple; frisée aux lardons with Benton’s bacon, slow-cooked egg and mustard vinaigrette; spicy fried chicken and grits with scallions and maple; and eggs with spicy tomato sauce, fennel pollen, basil, pecorino and crostini. Brunch cocktails range from an “Italian Soda” with Campari, Cynar and pilsner to a Bloody Mary with heirloom tomato, Monopolowa and spice. Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
The Name Game
Chef Josef Centeno (Baco Mercat, Orsa & Winston) reopened Pete’s Café as Pete’s in DTLA’s Old Bank District, then soon after changed the name of the restaurant to Ledlow Swan. The menu offers dishes ranging from caramelized cauliflower to crispy pork belly with spinach and fried egg, and braised beef shoulder served family-style. Ledlow Swan, 400 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-687-7015.
Firefly Debuts Sunday Brunch on the Patio
Firefly has opened its sprawling patio to Sunday brunch-goers for the first time, with a sunny outdoor setting perfect for chef Paul Shoemaker’s signature dishes. They include shrimp and creamy polenta with poached egg, scrambled eggs with Burgundy truffles, and Maine lobster Benedict. To drink, there are fresh-pressed juice, and customizable mimosas and Bloody Marys. Firefly, 11720 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-762-1833.
UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS
Kevin Kathman (The French Laundry) now governs the menus as executive chef at The Larchmont. He's presenting California-inspired menus influenced by European and Asian flavors. The Larchmont, 5750 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-464-4277.
Paul Lee has been announced as the executive chef of Patina, the flagship restaurant of Joachim Splichal's Patina Restaurant Group. Chef Lee recently helmed the kitchen at Le Cirque at Bellagio and has also held positions at other fine dining restaurants in Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas, including L’Orangerie and Joël Robuchon Restaurant. Patina, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-972-3331.
West Hollywood’s fanciful La Boheme is now under the management of Global Dining, and has welcomed new executive chef Martha Esquivel (Border Grill). New menu items include Catalan octopus with saffron, ahi tartare with cucumber and yuzu, duck breast with black lentils, and beef tenderloin with corn soufflé. La Boheme, 8400 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-848-2360.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
Santa Monica’s seasonal pioneer, JiRaffe, closed after Valentine’s Day 2015. Owner Raphael Lunetta opened the restaurant with Josiah Citrin (Mélisse) 18 years ago. JiRaffe, 502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
Gonpachi, the Japanese restaurant at Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance, closed on December 9, 2014. Gonpachi, Miyako Hybrid Hotel, 21381 S Western Ave., Torrance, CA 90501, no phone.
The Studio City location of Chi Dynasty has closed and been replaced by dim sum eatery Shanghai Rose. Chi Dynasty, 12229 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-980-3888.
Paiche, the Peruvian restaurant established by Ricardo Zarate, closed after December 31, 2014. It will re-open with a different owner and chef as a seafood concept in February. Paiche, 13488 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey, CA 90292, no phone.
Mo-Chica has closed. Chef Ricardo Zarate's original incarnation of Mo-Chica was situated at the Mercado La Paloma, and the Peruvian eatery was later reinvented at this downtown location. Mo-Chica, 514 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Venice favorite Axe has closed after 15 years on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Owner Joanna Moore states she will move on to new projects. No word yet on what will happen to the space. Axe, 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
Hollywood's beloved watering hole The Cat & Fiddle has closed. The restaurant is looking to move into a new location. The Cat & Fiddle, 6530 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, no phone.
Ilan Hall’s popular Los Angeles restaurant, The Gorbals, has left its current location in the Alexandria Hotel with plans to move to another, yet unspecified, DTLA location. Hall has also recently opened a sibling to The Gorbals in Brooklyn. The chef plans to move away from offal and meat dishes and focus more on vegan offerings. The Gorbals, The Alexandria, 501 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
Chef John Rivera Sedlar closed his downtown restaurant Rivera after December 31, 2014. Sedlar will be moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to open his new restaurant ELOISA. Rivera, Met Lofts, 1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
Aburiya Toranoko in Little Tokyo is closed for remodeling. Aburiya Toranoko, 243 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-621-9500.
Richard Sandoval’s Latin spots La Sandia and Zengo, located atop the third floor of Santa Monica Place, will close in March to make way for a new location of The Cheesecake Factory. La Sandia, Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-393-3300.
Italian trattoria Girasole in Larchmont Village has closed. It will re-open as Vernetti. Girasole, 225 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, no phone.
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