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LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT NEWS - JULY 2014 Archive


OPENINGS

The charming neighborhood café Poppy + Rose has sprung up in the downtown L.A. Flower District, serving classic American comfort food for breakfast and lunch. Expect eggs with biscuits and gravy, a ribs tips breakfast burrito and pulled pork hash. Lighter fare includes a chopped salad and steel-cut oats with seasonal fruit. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Poppy + Rose, 765 Wall St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-995-7799.
 
L'Amande Bakery & Café is open in Beverly Hills, with traditional French pastries, breads, salads and sandwiches. Look for quiche, croque madame, a smoked salmon plate, and prosciutto on a buttered baguette. A dozen kinds of croissants include chocolate, pistachio and Portobello and ham, and there's a large selection of fresh fruit tarts, galettes and pies. Breakfast & Lunch daily. L'Amande, 9530 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-326-8980.
 
Modern American supper club Ocean Prime will open its 11th location on October 28, 2014, at the apex of Wilshire Boulevard, Dayton Way and Camden Drive. The menu will feature signature items including ahi tuna tartare, Oscar-style filet mignon and Chilean sea bass, alongside hand-rolled sushi. Spanning 11,400 square feet, including a sprawling terrace, the space will seat 350 guests and will feature three private dining rooms. The lounge and bar will offer craft cocktails and higher-end wines. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Ocean Prime, 9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, no phone.
 
Rise-N-Grind is a new late-night coffee house by Playhouse Nightclub owner Robert Vinokur. A hip décor features concrete, steel and more than 150 skateboards, as well as local artwork on the walls. Expect Stumptown Coffee Roasters coffees, tea by Art of Tea, and juices from Pressed Juicery. Homeboy Bakery provides the pastries, and there's also a selection of sandwiches, panini and yogurt parfaits. The plan is to operate 24/7 in the near future. Rise-N-Grind, 6501 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-464-4100.
 
Gentaro Soba is now open downtown at TASTE FIGat7th on the plaza level. This noodle eatery has its flagship in Tokyo, and features cold and hot buckwheat soba dishes including Hiyashi soba, Zaur soba, Vurry soba and Kake soba, as well as a variety of rice bowls ranging from tempura and spicy tuna to beef and curry. All soba noodles are handmade on site. Refreshing drinks include iced green tea and yuzu lemonade. Lunch & Dinner daily. Gentaro Soba, TASTE FIGat7th, 735 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-622-0020.
 
The Trois Mec team --- Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) and Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites) --- have opened a sister establishment next door called Petit Trois. The concept is a bar with classic French fare. Whereas Trois Mec only accommodates guests who have purchased "dining tickets" in advance, Petit Trois welcomes walk-in diners exclusively. Petit Trois, 718 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-468-8916.
 
Nick’s Manhattan Beach will open in the former Chez Soi space Nick's Manhattan Beach will open in the former Chez Soi space. The restaurant will offer a menu of classic American fare. Nick's also has locations in Laguna Beach, San Clemente and Long Beach. Nick's Manhattan Beach, Metlox Plaza, 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, no phone.
 
The owners of Silver Lake Ramen have opened Kush Sake Bar in the former Cortez space on Allison Avenue in Echo Park. The small, izakaya-style restaurant serves up a variety of sake, yakitori and small plates featuring black cod, roast duck, pork belly, beef carpaccio and Japanese pumpkin. Dinner nightly. Kush Sake Bar, 1356 Allison Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-265-7609.
 
Pasadena’s stylish Argentinean eatery 1810 Restaurant has opened a sister spot in downtown L.A. on West 9th Street. Expect empanadas, sautéed sweetbreads, morcilla, a long list of steaks, as well as pastas, chicken and fish. Platters of grilled meats and vegetables are festive for larger groups. The wine list highlights Malbecs and other Argentinean varietals. Lunch & Dinner daily. 1810 Restaurant, 105 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-623-1810.
 

NEWS BYTES

"The Hundred-Foot Journey" Film Opens August 8 "The Hundred-Foot Journey" Film Opens August 8
From Lasse Hallström, director of "Chocolat," "The Hundred-Foot Journey" opens in theaters on August 8, 2014. Helen Mirren stars alongside Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon in this lighthearted tale of love and food set in the South of France. Read the full film review on GAYOT's blog
 
$1.31 Scoops at Baskin-Robbins on the 31st of Each Month Through 2014
As part of its "Celebrate 31" Program, Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops in the Los Angeles area will offer $1.31 four-ounce scoops on the 31st of each month, from July 31 until the end of the year (August 31, October 31, December 31). This offer is available on all Baskin-Robbins flavors, including seasonal specialties like State Fair Fried Dough, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Tropical Vacation Frozen Yogurt and S'More the Merrier. For more information, visit www.baskinrobbins.com
 
Summer Cocktails and New Pastis Service at Big Bar in Los Feliz
Big Bar, the chic Los Feliz mixology hot spot adjacent to Alcove, announces Aaron Alvarez, Los Angeles-based craft cocktail engineer, as its new manager. Also making its debut is a summer list of libations featuring beguiling sips like the "Cockney Sparrow" (Beefeater 24, rose tea, lemon, cucumber and Champagne), served prettily with rose petals. Additionally, traditional Pastis service is now available at the bar and café; the French aperitif is served four different ways. Big Bar, 1929 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-644-0100.
 
More Next Door?
Rumor has it that a secret club is being built in the back of Next Door Lounge, the speakeasy-inspired restaurant/lounge in Hollywood. Next Door Lounge, 1154 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-465-5505.
 
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse has launched a mobile app Order Ahead, Pay Online & More with BJ’s Mobile App
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse has launched a mobile app that gives diners the ability to place food orders in advance (Dine-In Order Ahead), settle the bill online (Mobile Pay) and move up in the seating line (Preferred Waitlist). The family-friendly restaurant chain estimates that this functionality will save guests an average of 20 minutes per visit. First-time BJ's app users can get $5 off an order of $20 or more using the Dine-In Order Ahead or Mobile Pay features through the app. For more information, visit www.bjsrestaurants.com
 
Stafford + Mathis Kitchen Debuts Outdoor Dining
Stafford + Mathis Kitchen debuts its expansive outdoor patio. Perched on the second floor of the Luxe City Center Hotel, directly across from L.A. Live, the restaurant now offers al fresco dining and panoramic views of downtown. Featuring an array of seating, the outdoor patio has private cabanas, a fire pit, water features and heaters for chilly Southern California nights. Stafford + Mathis Kitchen, Luxe City Center Hotel, 1020 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-743-7600.
 
Tempting Tomatoes
Salvatore Marino, chef-owner of Il Grano, is once again offering special tomato dishes on Wednesdays at lunch and dinner. In previous years, he's offered small plates like a "PBT" sandwich made with prosciutto, burrata and tomato. Il Grano, 11359 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 310-477-7886.
 
New Haute Street Food Happy Hour Menu
Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant is now offering an haute street food happy hour menu, Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Patrons can indulge in a caviar burger slider with pressed caviar, lettuce, fried egg, caviar aioli and french fries. There is also a playful smoked trout taco that comes with tequila-infused trout roe, cucumber ginger salsa and grapefruit. Select dishes for two are available as well, such as Petrossian caviar or hand-sliced smoked salmon, while drink specials include a caviar martini and the signature CaviarCube. Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant, 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310-271-6300.
 

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