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March 2018 Archive

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LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT NEWS - MARCH 2018 Archive


OPENINGS

Chef Enrique Olvera (Pujol, Cosme) will open Cosme LA Chef Enrique Olvera (Pujol, Cosme) will open Cosme LA, an haute modern Mexican sister restaurant to his acclaimed NYC flagship, in DTLA’s Arts District later this year. Cosme LA, 2118 E. 7th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
 
Chef Aitor Zabala, who collaborated with chef José Andrés on Somni Somni, a fine-dining concept from chef José Andrés and chef Aitor Zabala, is now open at SLS Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills. The culinary journey of 20-plus courses draws inspiration from the chefs' childhoods in Spain, as well as the epicurean experiences they've collected in Los Angeles and on world travels. Tickets are available via Tock. Somni, SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-246-5543.
 
Encino seafood fans mourned the loss of Phillip Frankland Lee’s Frankland Crab & Co. (which made way for his expanded Scratch Bar 2.0). But the good news is that he will reopen the chic “seafood shack” in Woodland Hills later this year, at Westfield Topanga & The Village. Look for chilled white gulf prawns, wild-caught king crab legs and Maine lobster alongside the likes of branzino fish and chips, shellfish chowder and fried oysters and clams. Frankland Crab & Co., Westfield Topanga & The Village, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, CA 91303, no phone.
 
Vivian Ku (Pine & Crane) has debuted Joy, her second Taiwanese restaurant in Highland Park. The former Ba space is expanded into an airy storefront dining room with tall plate glass windows overlooking York Avenue, exposed brick walls, rustic wood tables and benches, and a long counter. The menu reprises some Pine & Crane favorites like spicy shrimp wontons, sesame scallion bread, dan dan noodles, pork belly buns and forbidden rice pudding. Joy, 5100 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
 
Blind Barber is now open in Highland Park Culver City’s popular bar Blind Barber (by way of NYC) has debuted a new location on the Eastside in Highland Park on Figueroa. In front, yes, there’s an actual barber shop; after a haircut look for the “hidden” sultry 70s bar and lounge featuring some groovy furniture, a stylish backlit bar and frequent DJs. Expect signature craft cocktails, craft beer, and a menu of a dozen gourmet grilled cheese sammies including smoked Gouda with Thai chiles and habanero. Blind Barber, 5715 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-739-0315.
 
The Sunset Strip welcomes Lazer Kat, a rockin’ new two-story bar that features loads of neon, an 80s soundtrack, a colorfully lit dance floor, video games and kitschy vintage art. Retro beachy cocktails, including a Jungle Bird and Blue Hawaiian, dominate the slushy drinks list. On tap find a good selection of craft beers alongside some house wines, and to nosh there’s New York-style pizza. Drinks & Dinner nightly. Lazer Kat, 8264 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-450-9478.
 
A sprawling outpost of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse will add a luxe new dining option to the recently renovated Westfield Century City mall this coming November. The 15,000-square-foot two-story restaurant will show off bars on both levels, including a Champagne Lounge upstairs. Windows opening out onto Santa Monica Boulevard should create an airy feel. Expect the likes of shellfish towers, foie gras, lobster and hand-cut, dry-aged steaks and chops, along with plenty of wine and cocktails. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, no phone.
 
Augustine’s David Gibbs and Nick Caballero have partnered in Valley Village on the new Mirabelle Wine Bar, located on Burbank Boulevard. Expect a fairly compelling global selection of wines by the glass, with popular California options alongside some rarer finds from more obscure corners. There’s beer on tap, too. Also available are select cheese and charcuterie and bar bites. Dinner nightly. Mirabelle Wine Bar, 12518 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village, CA 91607, 818-927-4241.
 
Silver Lake’s hip new neighborhood café and general store, Scout, is found on Sunset Boulevard. A fast-casual counter offers a coffee program from Portland-based Heart Coffee, smoothies, kombuchas, aromatic teas and pastries from Roxana Jullapat. Breakfast options highlight a grain bowl with peppered bacon, red quinoa, poached egg, red cabbage, radicchio, pickled red onion, roasted mushrooms and chimichurri. Sandwiches include a Spicy Fried Chicken and Jambon Beurre with French ham, French butter, French breakfast radish and cornichon spread on a fermented baguette; of course, expect a kale salad, too. Scout, 3707 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-451-9750.
 

NEWS BYTES

Interior of Crustacean Beverly Hills New Look for Crustacean
House of AN hospitality group has unveiled big changes for Crustacean, their Beverly Hills restaurant that has been serving Asian fusion fare for two decades. Crustacean continues to occupy the first floor, but with a revamped menu and floorplan featuring adjustable walls for more flexibility for private parties. The space also includes a bar and al fresco seating. Meanwhile, the second floor will be home to a new restaurant. Crustacean, 9646 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-205-8990.
 

CHEF SHUFFLE

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CLOSINGS

Chef Diego Hernández’s first LA restaurant, Verlaine, has closed. Regular service has ended but the restaurant may remain open for private events. Verlaine, 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, no phone.
 
Phillip Frankland Lee has closed Woodland Hills eatery Frankland Crab & Co. to expand his Scratch Bar 2.0 project, but the "seafood shack" will reopen later this year at the Westfield Topanga mall. Frankland Crab & Co., Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., #250, Encino, CA 91436, no phone.
 
After more than three decades, West Hollywood’s celebrity haunt Madeo closed on March 11, 2018. The Italian restaurant will reportedly be relocating to the former DOMA space in Beverly Hills. Madeo, 8897 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, no phone.
 

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