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LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT NEWS - MARCH 2017 Archive


OPENINGS

Jane Q and Ever Bar will open in May 2017 in the new Kimpton Everly Hotel in Hollywood. The restaurant and bar will offer seasonal specialties from executive chef Bryan Podgorski and chef de cuisine Jason Hall. 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.
 
Umeda has opened on Melrose Avenue, offering Japanese cuisine, sushi and sashimi. Also available are wine and Champagne, beer, cocktails and saké. The space includes an open kitchen. Umeda, 6623 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-965-8010.
 
Mama Lion, the new, swank restaurant from chef Michael Hung (formerly of Viviane and Faith & Flower), will open in Koreatown on Western Avenue and Sixth Street, near the Wiltern Theater. Look for a contemporary menu and elevated cocktails by Aidan Demarest (The Spare Room, Seven Grand). Mama Lion, 601 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005, 213-377-5277.
 
Patina Restaurant Group has opened The BoardRoom Patina Restaurant Group has opened The BoardRoom, situated under the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and adjacent to Kendall's Brasserie & Bar. It’s a lounge with cocktails, bar bites and live music, and a sultry, dim-lit 40’s décor that hearkens back to post-war France. The BoardRoom, Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-972-8556.
 
Tower 12 is the new beach-town casual kitchen and bar from chef Brendan Collins Tower 12 is the new beach-town casual kitchen and bar from chef Brendan Collins (Birch). The space features vintage relics, furnishings and artwork that reflect the neighborhood’s laid-back surf and beach culture and history. A California-inspired menu looks to update American classics including shareable bar bites, wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, salads and entrées. Located on a second story deck with ocean views, the restaurant has a wraparound, wooden outdoor balcony. Tower 12, Hermosa Pier, 53 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, 310-379-6400.
 
In Hollywood, Beso has flipped into Viva Hollywood, dishing up Mexican fare in newly revamped, glamorous surroundings. Chef Raymond Alvarez will turn out the likes of ceviche tostadas, steamed clams with Spanish chorizo, upscale tacos and mains such as seabass Veracruzana, chicken mole, turkey chile relleno and smoked chimichurri skirt steak. A cocktail menu, courtesy of Erik Weatherford, includes the “Afterglow” made with earl grey-infused Botanist gin, lime, lavender and rosemary. Dinner Tues-Sat. Viva Hollywood, 6350 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-467-1350.
 
Chef Eric Greenspan opened a new kosher Jewish eatery, Fleishik’s Sandwiches, Nosh & Whiskey, on Beverly Boulevard. Look for traditional Jewish cooking, both deli and homestyle, including brisket, kugel, salads and pastrami sandwiches. Fleishik’s Sandwiches, Nosh & Whiskey, 7563 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-746-5750.
 
Voodoo Doughnut has opened at Universal CityWalk Portland cult bakery shop Voodoo Doughnut has opened at Universal CityWalk, bringing its scarily cute Voodoo Doll doughnut with it --- it’s shaped like a voodoo doll, filled with raspberry filling and features a pretzel stake. Voodoo Doughnut, Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, no phone.
 
Chef-owner Aaron Robins has opened SOCA in Sherman Oaks. Expect raw bar offerings and globally inspired fare, such as Basque-style pickled beef tongue with grilled bread salad. SOCA, 14015 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818-789-1985.
 
Double Take has debuted as part of Hotel Palomar's $12 million, property-wide renovation. The restaurant merges raw, repurposed materials from old Hollywood soundstages with abstract artwork and dramatic hanging light fixtures. Executive chef Bryan Podgorski (Bouchon Las Vegas) is at the helm, offering an American menu that includes deviled eggs with Maine lobster and young celery leaf, Hass avocado “fries” with spiced-lime aïoli, and pan-roasted salmon with delicata squash, tokyo turnips, collard greens and sauce soubise. Breakfast & Dinner daily. Double Take, 10740 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-475-8711, 800-472-8556.
 
In Pasadena, The Stand has opened its sixth location across from The Pasadena Playhouse. The menu features custom-made American fare of sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs, as well as specialties like the Southwest grilled chicken salad and sesame kale salad. A seasonal dessert is the Stand custard cobbler, topped with frozen Wisconsin vanilla custard. Look for a selection of wines and six draft beers on tap, including the signature Stand Blonde Ale. Lunch & Dinner daily. The Stand, 36 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-714-7117.
 
Chef Raphael Lunetta (formerly of since-shuttered JiRaffe) and the team behind Maple Block Meat Company will open Lunetta (and more casual sibling Lunetta All Day) in the former Josie space in Santa Monica. Lunetta, 2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
 

NEWS BYTES

Lodge Bread Co. Expands Space, Hours and Menu
In Culver City, Lodge Bread Co. has expanded into the next-door space and now offers an all-day menu in a nearly 2,000-square-foot venue designed by Omgivning Architects. Look for new dishes including gourmet pizza (sweet pea/burrata/Parmigiano/tomato and black kale/garlic/goat cheese are two examples) and mains like shakshuka, soft greens with goat feta and fennel confit, and melted tartine with spicy pickles. There’s a beer and wine list, too. Lodge Bread Co., 11918 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 424-384-5097.
 
Happy Hour Goes to the Dogs at Golden Road Brewing
Golden Road Brewing has announced its new Wolf Pack Puppy Hours in partnership with Wags & Walks and Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners (LARPBO). Every Monday-Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. the brewery will offer half-off select appetizers for attendees of the human variety and a $5 puppy chow (made fresh in-house) for four-legged friends. One dollar of each puppy chow purchase will be donated to LARPBO; enjoy a pint of SPCA-OC (a dry hopped pale ale) and another $1 will go to the Orange County SPCA. In the market for a furry friend? An adoptable dog from Wags & Walks will be featured every month. Golden Road Brewing, 5410 W. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 213-373-4677.
 

CHEF SHUFFLE

After opening and helming L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino since 2005, executive chef Steve Benjamin is leaving the restaurant and moving on to launch the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7358.
 

CLOSINGS

Eva Longoria’s swank Hollywood restaurant Beso has closed after nearly a decade. The space is now filled by the new Mexican concept Viva Hollywood. Beso, 6350 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, no phone.
 

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