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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
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.
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, no phone yet.
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.
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.
In K-Town, The Line Los Angeles hotel’s sleek lobby bar has opened in advance of Roy Choi’s anticipated new hotel restaurant, POT. The Pot Bar stars several strikingly offbeat cocktails from mixologist Matthew Biancaniello, including an uni cocktail (sea urchin, tequila, nori, lemon and cumin) and a mushroom one (Elijah Craig 12 year, shitake, cynar and carpano antica). Dinner nightly. Pot Bar, The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010, 213-381-7411.
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. Dinner service has begun, with lunch and bakery hours coming soon. Cafe Rockenwagner, 1168 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-478-6313.
The Colonial Wine Bar has closed and will be replaced by L'Assiette. Father-son team, Jacques and Marc Fiorentino are partnering with Mary Anne Reyes (The Colonial Wine Bar) on this restaurant, which will offer an all-inclusive meal of steak frites along with a choice of soup or salad. There will also be an à la carte selection of cheeses and French pastries. The opening is scheduled for February 2014. L'Assiette, 7166 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-274-2319.
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 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 March 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, 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.
Recently opened in South Pasadena is Crossings, a venture of Patrick Kirchen, a veteran of La Grande Orange Cafe and the Patina Group, and former Parkway Grill chef Lalo Sanchez. Danielle Keene is the pastry chef at the two-level restaurant in South Pas’ Edwards & Faw building on historic Mission Street. Starters at the upscale restaurant include ahi poke with jalapeño, persimmon paired with burrata, and oxtail sliders, while entrées entail black cod with couscous, chorizo and piquillo peppers; steaks and Moroccan chicken. Dinner nightly. Crossings, 1010 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030, 626-799-7001.
Vegan Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre has opened in West Hollywood. Gracias Madre, 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-978-2170.
Culver City neighborhood café (and pub) The Wilde Thistle has opened. A pan-Celtic menu includes signature scones (triple ginger, Scottish oat, cherry chocolate), traditional pasties, a Ruben sandwich, and a smoked salmon plate, as well as a full afternoon tea (by reservation), pub fare and wine and craft beers. The Wilde Thistle, 3456 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034, 310-730-6208.
Burbank’s chic new spot for globally inspired small plates is Commonwealth, right near City Hall. Expect elegant selections including daily oysters, grilled octopus and Brussels sprouts with chili and fresh mint, pink snapper carpaccio, chilled duck breast with yuzu kosho, arugula and roasted cauliflower with pine nuts, and fried chicken with maple Dijon. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Commonwealth, 222 S. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502, 818-845-2225.
Superba Snack Bar owner Paul Hibler has announced Jason Travi (littlefork) as executive chef and Jason Neroni (Superba Snack Bar) as consultant for his latest Venice-based, spin-off project, Superba Food + Bread. Set to open in February on Lincoln Boulevard, the restaurant will feature New American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will highlight artisan breads delivered to locals by bicycle in the afternoons. Expect pastries, sandwiches and salads for lunch; dinner items will 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. Dessert features rhubarb pie with hyssop cream. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Superba Food + Bread, 1905 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
Tom Bergin’s Tavern, which originally opened in 1936 and closed last July, re-opened in January after being purchased by a longtime regular customer. The new owner is dedicated to revitalizing the legendary Irish pub. Tom Bergin’s Tavern, 840 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-936-7151.
The Six has opened a third restaurant in Calabasas (the others are in West L.A. and Studio City) with a continued rustic/recycled vibe and Slow Food ethos. Expect the likes of smoked trout salad, braised short rib, salmon cakes with Thai citrus aioli, pumpkin pizza, and slow-rosted chicken pot pie. To drink, find craft beers on draft and in bottles, and select, mostly Californian wines. Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun. The Six, 23536 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302, 818-222-6969.
In Santa Monica, the Spanish Manchego has moved down the street to the former Café Noir space and has also acquired a beer and wine license. Expect Spanish favorites including gazpacho, jamón-wrapped dates, bocarones, octopus with garlic and tomato sauce, and albondigas in fenugreek sauce. Dinner nightly. Manchego, 2518 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-450-3900.
Attached to the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore in Redondo Beach, Cork’er offers a gourmet gastropub take on U.K. favorites and other farm-to-table dishes. Expect shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage, alongside spicy pulled pork and fingerling potatoes with bacon jam. Coming from Larry Killian, formerly of the nearby Killian’s Irish Pub, there’s also a wide selection of local craft beers, select California wines and organic coffee and teas. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Cork'er, 2810 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278, 310-499-2480.
A new American gastropub, R10 Social House, has opened in Redondo Beach right in the marina. Named after a deep channel buoy, the neighborhood restaurant offers a seasonal, market-driven menu featuring items like oysters with mignonette, mussels in curry broth, jidori chicken and waffles, and a gourmet burger. Expect contemporary craft cocktails like the Penicillin (Scotch, lemon juice, honey and ginger) and more fanciful concoctions of house-infused strawberry mash with Sipsmith gin, elderflower liqueur and bubbles. Dinner nightly. R10 Social House, 179 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach, CA 90277, 310-798-2500.
Lemonade, a cafeteria-style concept known for its seasonal comfort food, has opened a new Studio City branch. Founded by chef Alan Jackson, Lemonade’s diverse selection of dishes --- many of them relatively healthy --- has fueled the chain's rapid expansion, with more than a dozen Southern California locations. Lunch & Dinner daily. Lemonade, 12401 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-985-5700.
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 February 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, no phone.
The Trois Mec team --- Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) and Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites) --- will open a sister establishment next door called Petit Trois. Petit Trois, 718 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
The former Manhattan Beach space of Mr. Cecil's California Ribs has been transformed into The Rockefeller, a second branch of the Hermosa Beach gastropub. The Rockefeller, 1209 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-372-8467.
The second California location of Bonefish Grill --- the inaugural site was in Orange County --- has opened in the Valley’s Northridge Fashion Center. The restaurant, serving lunch and dinner daily and brunch on Sundays, showcases hand-cut, seasonal, local and globally sourced seafood. Appetizers include "Bang Bang Shrimp" with spicy sauce, ahi tuna sashimi and edamame hummus. Fish entrées, hand-cut daily, feature Pacific salmon and swordfish, tilapia and mahi mahi; steaks, pastas, chicken and pork are also offered. Cocktails, craft beers and 30 wines by the glass are available. Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun. Bonefish Grill, Northridge Fashion Center, 9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge, CA 91324, 818-998-3430.
Chef Michael Mina’s fifth Bourbon Steak location is slated to open in Glendale at the Americana at Brand outdoor mall in spring 2014. Bourbon Steak, The Americana at Brand, 889 American Way, Glendale, CA 91210, no phone.
Satdha, a new “plant-based” Thai eatery in Santa Monica from chef Gunn Pankum (Bulan) offers innovative vegetarian fare like beet-dyed noodles (beet-infused rice vermicelli with coconut, shallots, baked tofu, bean sprouts and fermented black beans) and chard leaves stuffed with coconut, shitake, lime, cashews and ginger. The restaurant will soon feature a biodynamic wine list. Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun. Satdha, 2218 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90405, 310-450-6999.
Austin native Briana Valdez brings a taste of Tex-Mex to Los Feliz at her new breakfast and lunch spot on Hollywood Boulevard, HomeState. Consulting chef Alex Ageneau (Patina, The Royce) has helped Valdex put together a menu of Texas favorites including breakfast tacos with applewood-smoked bacon and farmers' market eggs, migas, brisket and pulled chicken sandwiches, chicken fried steak tacos and Frito pie in a bag. Breakfast & Lunch daily. HomeState, 4624 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-666-1633.
Jimmy Shaw is opening 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.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar has opened its second location, serving modern takes on American comfort food by executive chef/partner Ernesto Uchimura. Mixologist Matt Biancaniello (Library Bar) serves up premium whiskeys, craft beers and innovative crop-to-cup cocktails. Expect Uchimura’s signature items like the Plan Check burger and smokey fried chicken, as well as new dishes including a salmon pastrami, made with green peppercorns, inky cream cheese and brined celery on an everything bagel chip. Plan Check Fairfax will also offer a new late-night bite menu --- available nightly during the last two hours of service --- featuring three to four rotating items such as pastrami poutine, comprised of beef tallow French fries, pastrami bits, pastrami gravy, melted Swiss cheese and chopped pickles. Lunch & Dinner daily. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, 351 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 310-288-6500.
Chef/owner Jeffrey Saad, a finalist on The Next Food Network Star in 2009, and host of the Cooking Channel’s United Tastes of America, has taken over the long-running Out Take Bistro space in Studio City, transforming it into La Ventura. The menu features contemporary Mexican dishes like coconut milk ceviche, crispy calamari tacos with habanero-pineapple salsa, and duck confit mole, as well as carne asada and whole roasted fish. A full bar was inherited, now turning out blackberry margaritas and ginger mojitos. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Lunch & Dinner daily. La Ventura, 11929 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-358-3423.
Coming to Pasadena this winter is the second edition of restaurateur Steven Arroyo’s Escuela Taqueria concept, currently a favorite on Beverly Boulevard. The innovative Mexican eatery will be located at the One Colorado complex in Pasadena, where Sushi Roku, Il Fornaio and aka An American Bistro are situated around a central courtyard. The menu will feature tacos stuffed with intriguing fillings like responsibly raised duck, lobster, pork belly or branzino, accompanied by pickled nopales, habanero coleslaw and pumpkin seed gremolata. Exotic-flavored aguas frescas will be offered to wash down the tacos, and for dessert, churros. Escuela Taqueria, 24 E. Union St., Pasadena, CA 91003, no phone.
A Spanish restaurant named smoke.oil.salt. is slated to open in February 2014 in the Melrose Avenue space that formerly housed Angeli Caffe. A venture of Adam Fleischman, Stephen Gelber and Jason Berkowitz, it will feature the cooking of Perfecto Rocher, who cooked briefly at Lazy Ox Canteen last year. He is anxious to introduce authentic Spanish flavors in dishes like fideuà, grilled seafood and suckling pig. smoke.oil.salt., 7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-930-7900.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT HEADLINES
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.
SAAM's Winter Black Truffle Menu at The Bazaar by Jose Andres
The annual Truffle Dinner Series at SAAM at The Bazaar by José Andrés will continue with the debut of this year’s black truffles starting February 13 and will run through March 15. To learn more about it go to GAYOT's Blog. SAAM at The Bazaar by José Andrés, SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-246-5545.
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.
Changes Coming to The Bazaar
After five years at the SLS Hotel, The Bazaar by José Andrés will soon be making some changes --- expanding The Bazaar into the hotel’s front retail lobby and transforming the more formal SAAM into a livelier tasting bar space like Andrés' Washington D.C. restaurant minibar. The Bazaar by José Andrés, SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-246-5555.
Porto's in Expansion Mode Again
Porto’s Bakery, the Glendale-based Cuban-American enterprise with a near cult following, has announced another round of expansion, to West Covina and Anaheim, which will bring its total number of locations to five. Breakfast, Lunch & Early Dinner daily. Porto's Bakery, 315 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203, 818-956-5996.
Michael Fiorelli Partners with Cafe Pierre Owners
Chef Michael Fiorelli, most recently of mar'sel, is partnering with Cafe Pierre owners Guy Gabriele and his daughter, Sylvie, on a new Italian restaurant. (The name has yet to be announced.) It will open in the current space of Cafe Pierre, which will close in Spring 2014 after being in business for more than 30 years. During Fiorelli's tenure at mar'sel at Terranea Resort, the restaurant was honored on GAYOT's lists of the Los Angeles area's Top 10 Romantic Restaurants, Top 10 Restaurants with a View, Top 10 Outdoor Dining Restaurants and Top 10 Restaurants for California Cuisine. Cafe Pierre, 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-545-5252.
UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS
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
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.
Longtime downtown favorite sushi spot R23 is temporarily closed for renovations. There's presently no word on when it will reopen. R-23, 923 E. Second St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-687-7178.
Celestino Drago’s Enoteca Drago has closed. It was among the first restaurants to introduce the small plates enoteca concept to L.A. Enoteca Drago, 410 N. Cañon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
Encounter Restaurant, which was perched up in the Los Angeles International Airport's Theme Building, has closed. According to the restaurant's web site, their contract with LAX ended as of December 31, 2013. Encounter Restaurant, Los Angeles International Airport - LAX, 209 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045, no phone.
The brick-and-mortar incarnation of Cousins Maine Lobster located at Live Mixx in Pasadena has now closed, but the two popular Cousins Maine Lobster Trucks that spawned it are still rolling strong. Cousins Maine Lobster at Live Mixx, 115 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105, no phone.
The upscale, modern Indian restaurant Tanzore has closed its doors on La Cienega, due to problems renewing its lease with the landlord. Tanzore, 50 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, no phone.
Only one Hamlet Restaurant (formerly and more famously known as Hamburger Hamlet) remains in the area --- the sole Southern California survivor is in Sherman Oaks --- after the January 3 closing of the Pasadena location. The space was not vacant for long, as another L.A. institution, Du-Par’s, opened its doors the very next day. The Pasadena Hamlet was a fixture on Lake Avenue since 1967. Hamlet Restaurant, 214 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, no phone.
Santa Monica's Ocean Park Omelette Parlor closed in December 2013. Ocean Park Omelette Parlor, 2732 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
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