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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

Brooklyn chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson teamed up with chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) to open Kismet , a modern Mediterranean concept in Los Feliz. Kismet, 4648 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-409-0404.
 
Tartine Manufactory will open in Los Angeles Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine Manufactory in San Francisco are teaming up with Pizzeria Bianco chef/owner Chris Bianco and restaurateur Bill Chait on a Los Angeles location of Tartine Manufactory. Tartine Manufactory, 746 Terminal St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
 
Belle Belle’s Cue is now open for lunch on Cesar Chavez Avenue in Chinatown. Owner Justin Mi makes all sauces, rubs, sides and pickles in-house. The Texas-style BBQ menu has four types of wood-fired meat served by the half-pound family style, including brisket and turkey. Look for pulled pork sandwiches topped with homemade coleslaw. Expect potato salad, mac & cheese and creamed corn, too. For dessert, there’s homemade pecan pie. Belle Belle's Cue, 701 W. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 323-897-9227.
 
The Peppermint Club has opened in West Hollywood The h.wood Group’s John Terzian and Brian Toll partnering with Interscope Records have debuted a live music space called The Peppermint Club in West Hollywood. The h.wood Group’s Food & Beverage specialist Adam Koral oversees a signature mixology program with cocktails like The Billboard (Virginia Black whiskey, muddled strawberry, honey, lemon juice and soda). Expect a light ‘Snacks’ menu offering panini and finger foods. There will also be lounge-style bottle service and entertainment by resident artists and special guest performances. The Peppermint Club, 8713 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310-859-1011.
 
For serious sushi connoisseurs, Sushi Ginza Onodera has landed in West Hollywood. This world-renowned chain’s flagship is in Ginza (with siblings in New York, Paris, Hawaii and Shanghai). Reservations are a must at the 16-seat blond-wood jewel box on Melrose and La Cienega; omakase, the sole option, starts at $300 per person. Chef Yohei Matsuki is transplanted from the acclaimed New York location. Look for wild-caught seasonal fish that changes daily and, of course, high-end saké to accompany. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Sushi Ginza Onodera, 609 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-433-4817.
 
The 1920’s-themed Edmon has opened in the Hollywood Historic Hotel, injecting a bit of Art Deco glamour into the dustier side of Melrose Avenue with both a dining room and luxe bar. Beneath chandeliers and dark wood chef Gabriel Cappelli (Saint Martha) offers elegant American dishes like braised short ribs, double bone pork chops, scallops with lobster rillettes, and brûléed oysters and clams. Shaun Cole (Harvard and Stone, the Parish) oversees the fine, updated classic cocktail list. There’s live music too. Dinner Tues.-Sun. The Edmon, Historic Hollywood Hotel, 5168 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038, 323-645-5225.
 
Di Alba has opened in DTLA’s Arts District, offering specialty Roman-style focaccia sandwiches from chef Nina Clemente. Look for a breakfast focaccia with smoked salmon and caper lemon gremolata, a Parma focaccia with prosciutto and rosemary roasted grapes, and salads like beet and avocado with sherry vinaigrette and black quinoa with pomegranate and citrus. Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun. Di Alba, 827 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
 
The Mar Vista serves progressive Los Angeles cuisine Executive chef D. Brandon Walker, chef Jill Davie (Josie) and Jorge Rivas have opened neighborhood restaurant The Mar Vista. The menu of “progressive Los Angeles cuisine” includes dishes like lamb churrasco with curried couscous, crispy kale and mint chimichurri. Bluegrass or jazz bands liven things up on Friday and Saturday nights. The Mar Vista, 12249 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-751-6773.
 
In East Hollywood, pizza fans are happy to discover the new NY Crust on Santa Monica Boulevard. Expect a thin crust and many specialty pies with toppings ranging from chicken breast, fresh tomatoes and artichokes to traditional items like pepperoni and sausage. Also find chicken wings, pastas, subs and salads, and Sicilian cannoli for dessert. Lunch & Dinner daily. NY Crust, 5421 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-745-0400.
 
For cutting-edge mezcal cocktails, a fine, far-ranging mezcal list and a hip, south of the border DTLA vibe, head to Mezcalero near Pershing Square. Mixologist Nathan McCullough’s inventive specialty cocktails incorporate fresh ingredients, from bell peppers to pineapple, celery and mint, as well as house-made burnt tortilla syrup and habanero tincture. Expect a nice selection of tacos, including roasted pork, fried chicken, octopus and cod. Dinner nightly. Mezcalero, 510 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-628-3337.
 
Eric Greenspan’s third Maré restaurant will open in Silver Lake this winter. The former Charcoal BBQ (itself part of the also defunct Barbarella) space will be elegantly reimagined as Greenspan’s signature seafood spot, likely with a similar menu to his Melrose and Santa Monica locations --- think whole branzino with fig pomegranate glaze, fried smelts with roasted lemon sauce, mussels in tomato fennel broth --- and blood orange trifolo for dessert. Maré, 2609 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, no phone.
 
Silver Lake’s old watering hole on Hyperion Avenue, Barbarella, has partly morphed into The Friend, a fun, artsy bar featuring pinball, works by Kenny Scharf and an upscale bar menu from chef Eric Greenspan. Look for craft cocktails alongside dishes such as buckwheat, corn and artichoke blini with olive tapenade and basil pistou, charcuterie plate, steak frites skewers, avocado toast, a couscous bowl and profiteroles. Greenspan’s full restaurant, Maré, will open in the next door annex. Dinner nightly. The Friend, 2611 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-522-6835.
 
Parisian mini-chain Mon Petit Poulet will expand to the United States with this Venice location. The restaurant's specialty is rotisserie chicken accompanied by simple sides. Mon Petit Poulet, 705 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
 
Los Angeles now has its own location of famed Parisian pastry boutique Ladurée Los Angeles now has its own location of famed Parisian pastry boutique Ladurée, known for its colorful macrons. This store and restaurant at The Grove joins the global brand’s other United States branches in New York and Miami. Ladurée, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-456-0282.
 
Dumpling destination Din Tai Fung will open in Westfield Century City Westfield Century City is ramping up its restaurant roster in 2017, with big openings to include dumpling destination Din Tai Fung, hamburger hotspot Shake Shack and Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s Italian market and food court, Eataly. Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 310-277-3898.
 
New Japanese izakaya Tsubaki is taking over the former Kush space in Echo Park in early 2017. Charles Namba (Bouchon) will serve classic Japanese dishes; there will also be a curated saké menu. Tsubaki, 1356 Allison Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
 
Italian restaurant Osteria Bigoli has opened on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Chef/owner Claudio Marchesan (Pane e Vino) offers classic dishes like carpaccio, grilled octopus and an assortment of pastas. Also look for specialties such as large grilled prawns with shishito peppers and lemon, saltimbocca alla romana, grilled veal loin chop with rosemary butter, and agnolotti filled with roasted meats. Osteria Bigoli, 714 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-395-6619.
 
Forage owners Jason and Chrissy Kim have opened Wolfdown in Silver Lake’s former Nicky D’s Pizza space. Look for veggie-focused seasonal California fare, plus wood-fired specialties, wine and cocktails. There’s a large outdoor patio and bar area as well. Wolfdown, 2764 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039, no phone.
 
DRAGO Centro chef de cuisine Ian Gresik is opening The Arbour on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena in summer 2017. Look for a menu of California fare and craft cocktails in a large, airy space designed by Spacecraft. The Arbour, 527 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, no phone.
 
Now open is Wild Living Foods, a “Neo-Pueblo” inspired plant-based restaurant in DTLA’s Fashion District. Look for a diverse menu including warm kelp noodle pasta, quinoa bowls and signature seasonal salads with medicinal herb blends. The breakfast, lunch and dinner eatery will also feature a wide variety of grab-n-go items made fresh each day. Santino Rice (On The Road With Austin & Santino) spearheads the beverage program introducing an assortment of juices and tonics that target improving digestion, building natural immunities and detoxification. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Wild Living Foods, 760 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-266-8254.
 
Chef Sascha Lyon has opened COMMERSON Restaurant Chef Sascha Lyon, an alum of New York's Daniel, Pastis and Balthazar, has opened COMMERSON Restaurant. The bistro-style menu ranges from kale and Brussels sprouts salad to "A Parisian Diversion" (escargots, garlic butter, fries, baguette) to grilled rib-eye with duck fat potatoes, caramelized onions and béarnaise. COMMERSON Restaurant, 788 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-813-3000.
 
Squid ink potato gnocchi at DRAGO RISTORANTE Celestino Drago (DRAGO Centro) and his brothers/fellow restaurateurs have opened DRAGO RISTORANTE at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Expect Italian fare like squid ink potato gnocchi with cured tuna roe and zucchini. DRAGO RISTORANTE, Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-800-2244.
 
The founders of California Pizza Kitchen are behind the seafood-centric Brentwood restaurant bottlefish. On the menu, you'll find black cod meatballs, fish and chips and "simply prepared" plates of trout, grouper, swordfish or Scottish salmon grilled and served with a choice of salsa rioja, Sicilian herb sauce or lemon butter sauce. bottlefish, 11677 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. #200, Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-954-9495.
 
Miami craft cocktail bar Broken Shaker will launch its third location this spring on Eighth Street in the new Freehand L.A. hotel. Expect top mixologists and compelling, inventive garden-to-glass cocktails at the rooftop bar, and high-end Middle Eastern food at the venue, as well. Broken Shaker, Freehand Los Angeles, 416 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
 
Beer geeks will eagerly embrace the new downtown LA location of San Diego’s Modern Times brewery-restaurant. The sprawling 6,000-square-foot space will include a brewhouse, dining room, patio and an airy bar. Design elements feature custom artwork and vintage details. A vegan menu will offer the likes of pancakes with bourbon maple syrup, seitan bbq and tacos. Look for a coffee bar with specialty house roasts, too, but the real draw is rotating seasonal brews along with pilot and experimental beers. Modern Times, 830 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
 
Friends & Family Hospitality (Horse Thief BBQ, Café Birdie) will open the Sunset Junction-adjacent Bar Angeles in January 2017. Look for a menu of seasonal casual plates from chef Joey Booterbaugh (Café Birdie) and a fairly serious cocktail list alongside craft beers and wine. Bar Angeles, 4330 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, no phone.
 
The former Rosewood Tavern space will soon be home to Sweet Chick, a fried chicken and waffles concept backed by rapper Nas, with a successful Brooklyn flagship already behind it and a second outpost on the Lower East Side. There will be more than chicken and waffle variations to draw foodies in, with soul food faves ranging from crawfish hush puppies and barbecue pork sliders to shrimp and grits and cornmeal-crusted catfish. Look for a late winter 2017 opening. Sweet Chick, 448 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
 
Liaison Restaurant + Lounge will open in the former Les Deux nightclub space in January 2017, offering dining and cocktails in an open-air garden with fire pits and an indoor lounge. Expect a menu of seasonal California fare from chef Nick Barainca; plates to share will include steamed root cake and sweet potato baked in salt meringue. Liaison Restaurant + Lounge, 1638 N. Las Palmas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
 
Mexican seafood restaurant La Carmencita Oracular Kitchen is open in Hollywood on Highland Avenue. Guests 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, 323-701-2063.
 
Sycamore Tavern is the newest Hollywood spot from the Happy to Serve You Hospitality Group (Black Market Liquor BarScopa Italian Roots). This local neighborhood destination offers a playful take on traditional American fare paired with craft beer and cocktails in a 10,000-square-foot space sporting 55 flat-screen TVs. Look for steak and burgers, pizzas, salads and smaller plates of smoked chicken wings or shishito peppers. Sweets include the signature deep-fried Fluffer-Nutter dessert with peanut butter, marshmallow, bananas and sea salt. Sycamore Tavern, 7038 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-467-7038.
 
Healthy eatery sweetgreen is opening a new location in December 2016 in Culver City, debuting a fall menu with warm bowls like pesto portobello and organic wild rice with kale and beets. Also look for the chain's well-known colorful salads and DIY bowls featuring premium proteins like citrus shrimp, local goat cheese, roasted steelhead and house-made hummus. sweetgreen, 8840 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
 
Former Patina chef Sevan Abdessian has transformed his casual Highland Park spot Recess Eatery into the new neighborhood gastropub 51 Tavern. A more “sharable" menu of tapas, small plates and craft cocktails are found in the remodeled venue that sports a lively sidewalk patio and garden setting in back. New dishes range from beer-battered Alaskan cod, sirloin sliders, edamame fatoush and shawarma tacos to labneh cheesecake and affogato for dessert. Lunch & Dinner daily. 51 Tavern, 5022 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 818-507-0592.
 
Nerano has opened in Beverly Hills The Toscana Restaurant Group (Toscana and Bar Toscana) has debuted a new Italian restaurant, Nerano, in Beverly Hills. 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 offers two dining rooms and two bars. Nerano, 9960 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-405-0155.
 
O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar opened in the former space of eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery in Santa Monica. The menu offers Sicilian-style pizzas, meatballs, salads and crudo made with local ingredients. O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar, 1705 Ocean Ave., Ste. 111, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 424-272-8700.
 
TAO Group and celebrity chef Chris Santos will open a Los Angeles location of Beauty & Essex, the pawn shop/restaurant/lounge concept that originated in 2010 in NYC and has since expanded to Las Vegas. The restaurant group will also open a branch of Asian bistro TAO.
 
Sweetfin Poké has opened a branch on Larchmont Boulevard. This quick-sevice spot, which started in Santa Monica, offers variations of the beloved Hawaiian seafood dish, including classic tuna, kale snapper, spicy yuzu salmon and mango albacore. You can also build your own bowl. Sweetfin Poké, 135 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, no phone.
 
Eggslut has opened a location in Venice Eggslut has opened a location in Venice. The concept started as a food truck, then continued to gain a following for its gourmet egg sandwiches with a quick-service counter at Grand Central Market. A Glendale branch is also in the works. Eggslut, 1611 Pacific Ave., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
 
Terra Cotta debuts a stylish upscale Asian dining option next to the Wiltern Theater in Koreatown in December 2016. Chef Danny Ye (Nobu NYC) will offer elegant delights including fresh oysters with Korean pear mignonette; Kochujang sea bass; Wagyu tenderloin; and hot stone rice with seaweed, ikura, caviar and sea urchin. Find wine, beer and cocktails, too. Terra Cotta, 3760 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010, no phone.
 
Canela Cocina Latina in Mar Vista serves all-day breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Look for healthy Mexican and Guatemalan specialties including chilaquiles, asada fries, carnitas with pineapple salsa, seasoned squash, pollo en mole, enchiladas, pepian and cilantro lime salad. To drink find agua frescas, Mexican sodas and cold brew coffee. Canela Cocina Latina, 12326 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-313-0871.
 
SpireWorks is open in Westwood Village Bob Kaufman and Jeff Rosenthal went to great lengths (literally, as in trips to Turkey) to find the best döner (meat cooked and sliced from a vertical rotisserie) to recreate and adapt at their quick-service spot SpireWorks. SpireWorks, 1061 Broxton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 424-220-6299.
 
Status Kuo has morphed into two separate concepts: Accomplice and Little Fatty. The former serves up craft cocktails, while the latter offers Taiwanese fare. Accomplice and Little Fatty, 3809 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-574-7610.
 
EAK Ramen has opened on Melrose Avenue, in the former Pingtung Eat-In Market space. Look for “Iekei” style ramen (translated as “house-style” and pronounced E-A-K), which has been popular in Japan for more than 40 years. This style of ramen is characterized by thicker noodles in a mix of Kyushu Tonkotsu and Tokyo Shoyu broths. The restaurant is currently offering dinner, and beginning on Saturday, November 19, 2016, it will be open for lunch and dinner daily. EAK Ramen, 7455 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-866-1866.
 
New York City’s celebrated ramen restaurant Ippudo is opening its first West Coast location in Santa Monica in early 2017, in the former Taberna Arros y Vi space on 2nd Street. The self-proclaimed “Japanese Ramen Noodle Brasserie” will likely feature its signature Hakata tonkotsu pork ramen, Buddhist-inspired Shojin vegan specialties, and a variety of high-end Japanese small plates. Expect Japanese beer and saké, as well as a full bar. Ippudo, 1403 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
 
21 Square Bar + Kitchen is open in the Torrance Marriott in Redondo Beach. Executive chef Victor Miguel offers handcrafted, coastal comfort cuisine ranging from a gourmet andouille sausage sandwich to quinoa burgers and table-made ice cream desserts. To drink, expect five local craft beers on tap, wine and cocktails. Seating options include outdoor dining and a veranda with a fire table, soft seating and tables overlooking the pool. 21 Square Bar + Kitchen, Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, 3635 Fashion Way, Torrance, CA 90503, 310-316-3636.
 
800 Degrees Pizza continues its California expansion with its new Playa Vista restaurant opening on November 19, 2016. This will mark the 16th location of chef Anthony Carron’s Neapolitan-style pizzeria, which offers old world-style wood-fired pies made with hand-stretched dough. The new eatery boasts 3,800 square feet of space, including an outdoor patio, and will exclusively feature a selection of Neapolitan panozzo sandwiches made on pizza-dough bread, stuffed with artisanal ingredients and wood oven-baked until crisp. Also find artisanal gelato and a selection of craft beers and wine, including eight beers on tap. 800 Degrees Pizza, Runway Playa Vista, 12751 W. Millenium Dr., Ste. B135, Playa Vista, CA 90094, no phone.
 
The team behind plant-based restaurant Café Gratitude will open a second location of Gratitude in Beverly Hills. (The original made its debut in Newport Beach earlier in 2016.) It will feature a menu of seasonally driven, environmentally friendly vegan cuisine, as well as handcrafted cocktails. Gratitude, 419 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
 
Century Boulevard now hosts a second location of Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen. Look for smothered pork chops, Southern-style short ribs, oxtails and signature fried chicken, alongside sides like black-eyed peas, corn and okra, and collard greens. For dessert, there’s sweet potato pie and peach cobbler. Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen, 1714 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90047, 323-418-8527.
 
On Beverly Boulevard, chef Gino Angelini has added Angelini Alimentari next door to his popular Italian spot Angelini Osteria. Open for breakfast, lunch and takeaway, this casual café sports an espresso bar and outdoor courtyard patio in back. Expect pastries and morning items like a breakfast panino and two-egg zucchini frittata; alongside soups and salads, Angelini specials include white fish Milanese, Gino’s meatballs, braised tripe and hanger steak. There’s homemade gelato daily, in a cup or cone, affogato or a warm brioche gelato sandwich. Angelini’s pasta sauce is available for takeout. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Angelini Alimentari, 7317 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-297-0070.
 
Baja California’s renowned chef Diego Hernandez (Corazon de Tierra) will open a contemporary Mexican restaurant, Verlaine, in West Hollywood in the former Dominick’s space on Beverly Boulevard. Look for a winter opening. Verlaine, 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, no phone.
 
Look for a third location of actor Danny Trejo’s hipster taco joint, Trejo’s Tacos, to open Silver Lake-adjacent on Virgil Avenue in late fall 2016 or early winter. Trejo's Tacos, 611 N. Virgil Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004, no phone.
 
Celebrated San Francisco chef Charles Phan is opening an outpost of The Slanted Door in the City Market South in DTLA. 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 (formerly of Picca and Mo Chica) is up to bat again, and will open Rosaliné in the former Comme Ca space on Melrose. 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 2017, 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.
 
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.
 

Find more recent openings with our list of the Top 10 New & Notable LA Restaurants and round-up of all the NEW Restaurants in Los Angeles

NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Restaurant Week Returns January 13-27
dineLA Restaurant Week returns January 13-27, 2017. This event offers diners the opportunity to indulge in specially priced menus from a variety of Los Angeles area restaurants, including AR Cucina, Birch, Erven and Spago Beverly Hills. For more information, visit the official website
 
L'Ami Debuts Lunch
L’Ami in Santa Monica has debuted lunch service, now available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The romantic open-air garden terrace is a pretty place to enjoy organic, seasonal dishes like Mediterranean seared ahi salad, moules frites, chicken paillard, a croque madame or Angus beef burger. L'Ami, 246 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402, 310-310-8064.
 
Q Sushi Launches Premium Menu
Q, DTLA’s high-end omakase spot known for its traditional Japanese experience, is officially launching a special, premium menu. Chef Hiroyuki Naruke will add seasonal items to the new Botan menu like hairy crab from Hokkaido, lobster sashimi from Santa Barbara and boiled prawn nigiri. Because of the extra preparations and sourced ingredients, this menu requires 48 hours’ notice, and starts at $250. Q, 521 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-225-6285.
 
The Pacific Seas has opened in Clifton’s Clifton's Launches Luxe Tiki Bar: The Pacific Seas
In downtown LA, the historic Clifton’s Cafeteria and nightlife venue opened a swank tiki bar, The Pacific Seas. It is 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 serves 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 is 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.
 
Oh Man! Ramen to Preview Dishes at Scratch|Bar & Kitchen
While Oh Man! Ramen waits to open its first brick-and-mortar location in Encino, it is serving lunch at next-door sister restaurant Scratch|Bar & Kitchen. Every Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., chefs Luke Reyes and Phillip Frankland Lee offer patrons several dishes that will be found at Oh Man! Ramen once the new restaurant permanently opens in the coming weeks. Additionally, each week, they will test out 3-5 new specials. Selections on the opening lunch menu will include salmon sashimi, grapes, daikon, peanuts, fish sauce vin and nori chip; and tonkotsu pork ramen, braised pork belly, confit shoulder, bamboo shoot, green onion, soft egg, shiitakes and bonito flakes. Oh Man! Ramen, Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., #242, Encino, CA 91436, no phone.
 

UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS

CJ Jacobson has left Studio City’s Girasol and former chef de cuisine Justin Abram (The Bazaar, Scarpetta) has become the new executive chef. Look for a revamped menu coming soon. Girasol, 11334 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91602, 818-924-2323.
 
The Churchill has welcomed new executive chef Stephen Trujillo (Bouchon, Tar & Roses), who is revamping the gastropub’s menu with the likes of duck confit and sunchoke hash, Moroccan spiced lamb, and wild octopus with black olive, pickled peppadew pepper and cauliflower. The Churchill, 8384 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-655-8384.
 
New Zealander Jean-Paul Lourdes (Pierre Gagnaire, Paris) will now take charge as the executive chef of The Restaurant at The Getty Center. His newly debuted, frequently changing menus will highlight seasonal offerings from the Hollywood and Santa Monica farmers markets, and locally and sustainably caught fish and shellfish. The Restaurant at The Getty Center, The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-440-6810.
 
After ramping up in Silver Lake at Kettle Black, chef Sydney C. Hunter III now takes over at Sawyer and debuts his new fall seafood-focused menu. Working alongside Hunter will be sous chef Alejandro Galan (Catch & Release, Picca). Previous chef Alex McWilliams stepped out of his role as executive chef. Sawyer, 3705 Sunset
 Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-641-3709.
 

LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

3 Square Café + Bakery in Venice will close after service on January 29, 2017. 3 Square Café + Bakery, 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-399-6504.
 
BLD will shutter at the end of January 2017 BLD, the beloved brunch spot from Neal and Amy Knoll Fraser, will shutter at the end of January 2017. The decade-old restaurant thanked its patrons and staff in a statement on its facebook page. BLD, 7450 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-930-9744.
 
The nearly century-old Formosa Cafe has closed. No word on if the closure is permanent or if it will reopen after a revamp or sale. Formosa Cafe, 7156 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, no phone.
 
Century City seafood mainstay Gulfstream has closed. No word on what will replace this large Westfield Century City mall space. Gulfstream, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, no phone.
 
Terrine has closed Adieu, Terrine! The French brasserie from restaurateur Stéphane Bombet and chef Kris Morningstar closed its doors after New Year's Eve 2017 after two years of service. Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
 
Studio City’s charming Mexican seafood spot Maradentro has closed to make way for a more casual taco and cocktail joint this spring. Fans can still find most of the restaurant’s menu essentials at the Brentwood Maradentro location. Maradentro, 11929 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, no phone.
 
In Chinatown’s Far East Plaza Ramen Champ closed on December 31, 2016. Ramen Champ, Far East Plaza, 727 N. Broadway. Ste. 203, Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
 
Nic’s Restaurant & Martini Lounge closed after New Year’s Eve Nic's Restaurant & Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills closed its doors after its New Year's Eve bash. Nic's Restaurant & Martini Lounge, 453 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
 
Willie Jane shuttered after service on December 11, 2016 Southern-inspired spot Willie Jane shuttered after service on December 11, 2016. Willie Jane, 1031 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
 
Lobster roll shack Knuckle & Claw has closed its locations in Santa Monica and Silver Lake. Knuckle & Claw, 2715 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
 
Adam Fleischman and Stephen Gelber’s Spanish restaurant smoke.oil.salt. on Melrose Avenue has closed. smoke.oil.salt., 7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, no phone.
 
Chef Sevan Abdessian (Patina) closed Recess Eatery in Highland Park and reopened it as 51 Tavern, a neighborhood gastropub. Recess Eatery, 5022 York Blvd., Highland Park, CA 90042, no phone.
 
The Santa Monica branch of The Hungry Cat has shuttered The Santa Monica and Santa Barbara branches of The Hungry Cat have shuttered. The original Hollywood location of chef/owner David Lentz's seafood restaurant will remain open. The Hungry Cat, 100 W. Channel Rd., Santa Monica, CA 90402, no phone.
 
21 Choices frozen yogurt shop in Pasadena is temporarily closed while the building undergoes renovations. 21 Choices, 85 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-304-9521.
 
Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport has closed Typhoon, one of Santa Monica’s most charming and iconic spots, closed on November 8, 2016, due to rent increases and the possible future closure of the Santa Monica Airport. Typhoon, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop S., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
 
“Top Chef” Michael Voltaggio’s Sack Sandwiches has closed on the Sunset Strip. Fans can still get their fix at Voltaggio’s flagship Sack Sandwiches (originally ink.sack) on Melrose, or at LAX Bradley terminal’s ink.sack branch. Sack Sandwiches, 8915 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
 
O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Santa Monica is temporarily closed. O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2941 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-396-4725.
 
At Echo Park Lake, Square One at the Boathouse is closed and will be replaced with Curate Café, which will offer a similar menu of casual café fare. Square One at the Boathouse, 751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
 
Popular neighborhood spot Magnolia has closed after more than a decade on Hollywood Boulevard. Magnolia, 6266 1/2 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, no phone.
 
Woodland Hills has lost its 40-year-old location of Jerry’s Famous Deli, which closed October 16. The restaurant’s Encino and Studio City branches remain open. Jerry's Famous Deli, 21857 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364, no phone.
 
Legendary beachside restaurant Gladstone 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.
 

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