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July 2017 Archive

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Blacksmiths will open in DTLA the first week in August, bringing elevated New American fare to The Jeffries lofts building. Expect industrial luxe décor in a sprawling, airy, 5,000-square-foot space, highlighted by a vaulted ceiling and chandeliers, a long bar and a back patio. A menu from chef Edgar Ramos features braised bone-in short rib, Spanish octopus salad, beets and burrata, saffron black truffle fettuccine and roasted branzino. Blacksmiths, 117 Winston St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-628-3847.
Jane Q and Ever Bar are now open in the new Kimpton Everly Hotel in Hollywood. Expect specialty drip and espresso coffee from LAMILL and farmers market breakfasts, unique shared plates, hearth-fired entrées and luxe desserts. Jane Q and Ever Bar, Kimpton Everly Hotel, 1800 Argyle Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028, 213-279-3534.
Chef David Chang of Momofuku fame will open a restaurant in downtown LA David Chang of Momofuku fame will open a restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. Projected to debut in late 2017, North Spring will be an original culinary concept inspired by California produce and the diversity of LA's food scene. North Spring, 1725 Naud St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
Silver Lake’s latest obsession is the hipster Israeli/Mediterranean spot Mh Zh, situated in the former Purgatory Pizza space. Expect mostly rustic sidewalk seating and long lines, and a menu featuring assorted Middle Eastern mezze, roasted vegetable dishes, short rib, and lamb ragoût with sumac and preserved lemon. Mh Zh, 3536 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-636-7598.
Eye-popping panoramic views of LA can be found at Dream Hollywood’s new rooftop destination The Highlight Room. TAO Group's 11,000-square-foot venue features a pool, private cabanas, a bar/lounge and grill. Look for luxe signature cocktails and California fare featuring crudos, salads, small plates and grilled meats. The Highlight Room, Dream Hollywood, 6417 Selma Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
In another summer unveiling, Wilshire Grand Central’s new InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown debuts La Boucherie on 71. On the 71st floor of the now tallest building west of Chicago, this French steakhouse offers panoramic views of the city, hidden booths for VIP diners, premium meats and global seafood entrées. To complement the fare, look for a cheese and charcuterie cave and an expansive wine list with more than 1,200 selections. La Boucherie on 71, InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, Wilshire Grand Central, 900 Wilshire Blvd., 71st fl., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-688-7777.
Chef Phillip Frankland Lee has opened an omakase speakeasy, Sushi|Bar, behind his Encino restaurant and bar Woodley Proper. Expect eight seats, no reservations, and “a free-form, interpretive take” on a traditional sushi experience, with dishes like yellowtail with sweet corn pudding; bone marrow sushi; and mountain yam layered with salmon roe, mushroom dashi and lobster tomalley. Sushi|Bar, 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, 818-906-9775.
The Exchange serves up Israeli-influenced fare in the new Freehand Los Angeles hotel The Exchange serves up Israeli-influenced fare for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in the new Freehand Los Angeles hotel in downtown LA. The restaurant will soon be joined by rooftop cocktail bar Broken Shaker. The Exchange, Freehand Los Angeles, 416 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-395-9531.
Highland Park’s restaurant scene along Figueroa keeps heating up, this time with modern, eclectic Asian eatery RBTA. Chef Justin Baey (Picca) serves a variety of robata skewers, specializing in contrasting charcoal grilled flavors with seasonally rotating pickled dishes. RBTA, 5629 1/2 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-259-6474.
Cafe Bizou has opened a third location, this one in Agoura Hills. Look for salads and pastas, and fish and meats from the grill, as well as a three-course prix-fixe menu ($36) that features traditional French favorites like escargots, French onion soup, lobster, petit filet mignon and flourless chocolate cake. Choose from many reasonable California and French wines by the glass and bottle. Cafe Bizou, 30315 Canwood St., Ste. 14, Agoura Hills, CA 91301, 818-991-9560.
The Southland’s popular DIY chain Chronic Tacos has landed in Burbank. Custom build your own tacos, burritos, tostadas and bowls with ingredients that include pollo asado, carnitas, al pastor, fish, shrimp and veggies. Also find breakfast fare and churro bites for dessert. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Chronic Tacos, 116 E. Palm Ave., Burbank, CA 91502, 747-229-9016.
With the opening of sweetgreen at Fifth and Grand, DTLA can now boast another fresh and healthy dining alternative. The eatery specializes in seasonal salads. Summer bowls include Thai watermelon with arugula, mint and blueberries, and Mexican corn elote with warm quinoa and lime cilantro jalapeño dressing. Pesto portobello is among the warm bowls, and you can create DIY salads, too. To drink, find a watermelon cilantro fresca. Patio seating is available. sweetgreen, 601 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-279-6900.
Barbara Jean has debuted in the former Maré space on Melrose, with chef Jason Fullilove at the helm. Look for elevated modern soul food with a focus on the roots of African American cooking, with dishes ranging from lime pickled shrimp and wood roast mussels, to braised lamb belly with saffron poached apple and warm buttermilk tart. As the restaurant is found on the back patio of Melrose Umbrella Co., so expect stellar cocktails too. Barbara Jean, 7476 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-930-7900.
Chef Jordan Kahn has opened Vespertine, a fine dining destination in Culver City’s Hayden Tract across from his current breakfast/lunch spot, Destroyer. Reservations are available via Tock. Vespertine, 3599 Hayden Ave., Culver City, CA 90232, 323-320-4023.


Summer Afternoon Tea in Four Seasons’ Windows Lounge
Newly launched in July and available through the summer, Afternoon Tea Service in Windows Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills features a Signature Afternoon Tea ($49) and a Luxury Afternoon Tea ($69), available from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. daily. Inspired by traditional English-style tea service, both menus offer freshly brewed Rishi loose leaf teas in addition to scones dotted with Devonshire cream and lemon curd. Guests may also choose wine pairings with the Signature and Luxury Teas, curated by Domaine Chandon and Moët & Chandon respectively. The Luxury tea service includes blini with Petrossian caviar, lobster salad, cucumber sandwiches and tea cakes. Windows Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-273-2222.
Gusto Moves to Larger Location
Chef Victor Casanova has moved his trattoria, Gusto, just down Third Street to a larger location. The new home (previously Pistola) features a marble bar and an upstairs patio with a retractable roof. Gusto, 8022 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-951-9800.
Cocktail Lounge Wild Beast Opens in Verlaine
Verlaine’s beverage director John Neumueller has introduced the restaurant’s cocktail lounge, Wild Beast. Look for a sultry interior and refined culinary drinks, accompanied by haute bar bites from chef Diego Hernandez. Wild Beast, 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 424-288-4621.
Deals for dineLA Restaurant Week July 14-28
dineLA Restaurant Week returns July 14-28, 2017. This event offers diners the opportunity to indulge in specially priced menus from a variety of Los Angeles area restaurants, including AR Cucina, Erven and Spago Beverly Hills. For more information, visit the official website


Former “Top Chef” Dakota Weiss stepped down at Estrella and chef Mirko Paderno (Culina Modern Italian) has taken the reins in the kitchen. Weiss remains a partner in the restaurant, but expect significant menu changes. Estrella, 8800 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-652-6613.


The LA outpost of Parisian steak frites franchise Le Relais de l'Entrecôte has closed on Melrose Avenue. Le Relais de l'EntrecĂ´te, 8755 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Hollywood vegan restaurant Cruciferous has shuttered after a few months of business. Cruciferous, 1253 Vine St., Ste. 8, Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.

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