Los Angeles Restaurant News
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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
Pure by Michèle La Porta in Beverly Hills aims to be a healthier alternative to fast food. The seasonal menu will have a local, sustainable focus. Look for an April 2015 opening. Pure by Michèle La Porta, 252 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 424-248-7424.
Bombo, from chef Mark Peel (Campanile, The Tar Pit), is a "broth-based seafood concept" at Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. Expect dishes like curried shrimp, steamed mussels and seared yellowtail. Bombo, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
Spacecraft Group and designer Kris Keith are designing Trejo's Tacos, a new modern Mexican cantina and restaurant from actor Danny Trejo. The 1,000-square-foot space will feature Mexican-themed murals made from custom tiles and will include outdoor seating. Trejo's Tacos, 1048 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019, no phone.
Neal and Amy Knoll Fraser, along with pastry chef Mariah Swan, will open icdc, an ice cream, doughnut and coffee shop next to BLD. icdc, 7450 1/2 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-930-9744.
Barrel Down will open in downtown Los Angeles in April 2015. This bar/restaurant will feature 40 taps of American craft beers plus cocktails. Chef Derrick de Jesus will offer modern takes on "Americana food" designed to pair well with the brews. Barrel Down, 525 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-232-8657.
Farewell, cupcakes; hello, gelato! The former Crumbs Bake Shop in the Hollywood & Highland Center will be the site of the second California location for Grom. (The other branch can be found at Malibu Country Mart.) The Italian gelato company takes pride in using high-quality, natural ingredients and no added flavorings, colors or preservatives. Grom, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
Chef Scott Zwiezen of Elf Café has opened Dune, a Mediterranean counter service spot (with sidewalk seating) in Atwater Village on Glendale Boulevard. Find organic falafel on made-to-order pita, a beet sandwich and a lamb sandwich. There are sides like rosewater dates and taboulleh, and iced tea and ginger kombucha to drink. Lunch & Dinner daily. Dune, 3143 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, no phone.
Alex Chu’s (Dim Sum Truck) brick-and-mortar takeout shop, New School Kitchen, has opened on Sawtelle in West L.A. Find dim sum-like pork and shrimp dumplings, curried chicken buns, Taiwanese pork belly buns and Hainan chicken rice. Lunch daily. New School Kitchen, 11301 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064, 424-832-3445.
Chef Brendan Collins (Waterloo & City) has opened his new restaurant, Birch, in Hollywood on Cahuenga Boulevard. Expect a modern, Scandinavian look with a back patio, and a sophisticated menu of rotating small plates including duck confit, monkfish with cucumber salad and quince, foie gras and charcuterie, as well as a tasting menu. There's beer on tap, a small wine selection and barrel-aged cocktails. Birch, 1634 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-960-3369.
Echo Park’s stylish new British pub, The Lost Knight, is now open for lunch and dinner, with classics like sausage rolls, Welsh rarebit, and fish and chips, as well as more ambitious fare including a trout pie in puff pastry, duck confit and “beet” Wellington. To drink, expect loads of British and local draught beers, but also a select wine list and classic cocktails like the Vesper and the Bramble. Lunch & Dinner daily. The Lost Knight, 1538 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-278-0408.
Asa Meza has opened in the former Lexington Social House space, where a large patio garden with Japanese lanterns beckons summer. Chef Joey Lopez dishes up an Asian-Latin menu of small and large plates, ranging from piquillo peppers with crab stuffing and saffron emulsion sauce and seabass ceviche to braised pear and marinated short ribs. Craft cocktails include the “Oaxacan Sunshine,” featuring roasted red pepper, cherry tomatoes, sage, lemon, agave and Vida mezcal. Lunch & Dinner daily. Asa Meza, 1718 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-538-2700.
Fifteen years after the opening of La Casita Mexicana, chefs Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu bring their much-loved Mexican flavors and heirloom recipes to South Los Angeles at Mexicano, located in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw shopping center. Menu highlights include a cooked-to-order tamale, Nayarit cod ceviche, and guavas marinated in a Mexican-style eggnog. Mezcal-based cocktails include the "Placero," made with cactus, lime and chicharrón salt. Lunch & Dinner daily. Mexicano, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Shopping Center, 3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008, 323-296-0798.
B.S. Taqueria, a project from chef Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish), will open for lunch on April 2, 2015, in the former Mo-Chica space in downtown Los Angeles. B.S. Taqueria, 514 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-622-3744.
The former Mo's space has been turned into Continental. Executive chef Jesse Genovese presents a contemporary menu with global influences, including dishes like Moroccan chicken, Vietnamese-style banh mi and an Angus beef burger with crispy pancetta, tempura-fried dill pickles and white cheddar cheese. Continental, 4301 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505, 818-845-3009.
Goodbye to Lola’s and hello to Ysabel, a new restaurant in the former martini bar’s digs, revamped by the Laurel Hardware folks with mid-century stylings and a concise contemporary American menu. The large patio is host to creative craft cocktails made with the likes of seasonal produce and sea beans, bamboo, Middlebar pickle brine and saffron bitters. To eat, look for fresh oysters, octopus with turnip mash, beets with burrata, and agnolotti with poblano and oxtail. Dinner nightly. Ysabel, 945 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-366-2940.
Ashland Hill has supplanted the former Wildflour Pizza on Main Street in Santa Monica, with a beachy beer/wine garden that features 16 artisanal taps and select craft wines. A seasonal menu of gourmet bites and entrees includes red curry deviled eggs, kale salad, lamb and pork meatballs with confit lemon rind, Niman Ranch pork belly tacos, charred shishito mac and cheese, and a cast-iron blonde brownie. Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun. Ashland Hill, 2807 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90404, 310-392-3300.
Clutch, a Cali-Mex barbecue restaurant, is the newest Venice spot from restaurateur Oscar Hermosillo (Venice Beach Wines, Cerveteca). Local designers Landlocd Design pay homage to the motor using décor elements like car exhaust tubing and train track tie bolts. Bringing a SoCal influence to his Mexican and Baja California roots, Hermosillo crafted the menu with his mother and chef Nikolai Trigueros (Blue Plate Taco) to offer more local produce and seafood. Featured dishes include periwinkles with salsa verde, Santa Maria tri tip, smoked duck, carne asada and different kinds of fish cooked over a wood-burning grill. Beer and wine. Lunch Sat & Sun., Dinner nightly. Clutch, 427 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-396-8749.
North Hollywood’s newly opened Idle Hour looms large on Vineland in the shape of a giant whiskey barrel (it was built as a tap room in the 1941, and has been empty for 44 years). It’s lined with plenty of wood, and features a big tree-shaded patio in back. There’s even a private party room shaped like a bulldog. The cocktail program was created by Chris Amirault (Harlowe) with fresh, housemade twists on American classics. Expect two dozen beers on tap. To eat, find the likes of steak frites, fish and chips, pulled pork sliders, mac and cheese and bourbon-braised sloppy Joe. Idle Hour, 4824 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91601, 818-980-5600.
Chef Tin Vuong’s modern American steakhouse in downtown Hermosa Beach, Steak & Whisky, is now open. The restaurant is set in a 1920's historic brick building. Expect steakhouse classics ranging from a Prime, dry-aged rib eye and A5 Japanese Miyazaki Wagyu to Kurobuta pork short rib and roasted duck breast. Other luxe bites include a “croque caviar” with smoked salmon and crème fraiche. Find 200-plus wines on a list that features many Napa Valley & Bordeaux options; approximately 12 wines at a time rotate on the Coravin system. The bar also offers more than 80 whiskies and handcrafted cocktails. Dinner nightly. Steak & Whisky, 117 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, 310-318-5555 .
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 (B.S. Taqueria) is teaming up with restaurateur Bill Chait on Broken Spanish, located in the former Rivera space in downtown Los Angeles. Garcia was the 2014 “King of Porc” (the winner of the Grand Cochon competition at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen) so pork will likely play a prominent part on the menu. 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.
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.
Sweetfin Poké will debut its Hawaiian raw fish bowls at the corner of Eighth and Broadway in Santa Monica. The menu, created by chef Dakota Weiss, will feature “designer bowls” of the beloved Hawaiian seafood dish including classic tuna, kale snapper, spicy yuzu salmon and mango opah. You can also build your own bowl. Find sides like taro chips and house-infused teas with dragon fruit and lemongrass. Sweetfin Poké, 829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT DEALS & PROMOTIONS
CPK 30th Anniversary
California Pizza Kitchen is celebrating its 30th anniversary! CPK opened in Beverly Hills on March 27, 1985, revolutionizing how people thought of pizza with such innovations as the BBQ Chicken Pizza. Now located in 208 cities and 15 countries, these pizza pioneers continue to evolve by focusing on creating sustainable environments incorporating natural elements while updating their menu with new dishes that focus on freshness, bright flavors, and menus that change with the seasons. CPK has also released a cookbook, California Pizza Kitchen Taste of the Seasons, that's available for purchase at the restaurants. For more information, visit California Pizza Kitchen's web site. California Pizza Kitchen, 207 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-275-1101.
Baja-inspired Brunch at solita Tacos & Margaritas
A Baja-inspired brunch menu is being served up on weekends at solita Tacos & Margaritas in the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Dishes include huevos rancheros, a fruit plate with Greek yogurt and agave, and a breakfast burrito. All entrées are offered with a small side of black or pinto beans, Spanish rice or signature slaw. There are also mimosas, sangria, Bloody Marys and more available. solita Tacos & Margaritas, Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Ste. 3470, Valencia, CA 91355, 661-291-1399.
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.
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.
UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS
The former Paiche space in Marina del Rey will be turned into Catch & Release, a seafood restaurant from chef Jason Neroni (formerly of Superba Snack Bar). Catch & Release, 13488 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey, CA CA, No phone.
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.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
Richard Sandoval’s Latin spots La Sandia and Zengo, located atop the third floor of Santa Monica Place, have closed to make way for a new location of The Cheesecake Factory. La Sandia, Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
RivaBella closed March 15, 2015, to make way for ROKU, a new Japanese restaurant from Innovative Dining Group. Expect favorites from the Sushi Roku menu as well as teppanyaki. RivaBella, 9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-278-2060.
Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood has officially closed due to the end of contractual agreements between Ramsay’s company and the hotel. The restaurant remains open, and is now renamed Boxwood, like its next-door sibling café in the hotel. Chef Anthony Keene is still in charge the kitchen, and the menu remains the same for the moment. Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood, The London West Hollywood, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
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.
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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