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October 2011 Archive

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LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT NEWS - OCTOBER 2011 Archive


OPENINGS

In Hollywood's former District space restaurateur George Abou-Daoud has opened a new American bistro concept Township Saloon. The menu offers an array of iconic American regional dishes, ranging from hot dogs, Buffalo wings and Louisiana po' boy sandwiches to oysters Rockefeller, Yankee pot roast, hickory-smoked chicken and Memphis-style baby back ribs. Expect a lengthy list of bourbons, rye whiskies and American craft beers. Lunch & Dinner daily. Township Saloon, 6612 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-464-5700.
 
A new fresh oyster concession at San Buenaventura State Beach and Park is The Jolly Oyster, where visitors can purchase oysters and clams by the piece or the pound, eat them on the spot or take them to go. The stand sells oyster shuckers, towels, limes and beverages, and bringing wine is legal in the state park. Expect sweet Kumamotos and their larger cousins, the Pacific, as well as Manila clams grown in farms in Baja California. The shellfish are shipped fresh daily. The Jolly Oyster is open seven days a week, rain or shine, from 11 a.m.-dusk. The entrance is on San Pedro Street, near the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and off Highway 101. For more information, including a price list and detailed directions, visit thejollyoyster.com.
 
Suzanne Goin and and Caroline Styne (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern) have announced the opening of The Larder at Maple Drive, a retail take-out spot for breakfast and lunch items modeled on the freshly prepared foods offered at The Larder at Tavern. Located in the courtyard of the office building at 354 North Maple Drive in Beverly Hills, expect fresh sandwiches, pastries, salads, fruits, breakfast items, soups, artisanal coffees, cookies and seasonal fruits. Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Fri. The Larder at Maple Drive, 245 N. Maple Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-248-3779.
 
The Churchill has opened on West Third Street in Los Angeles The folks behind The Hudson in WeHo have opened The Churchill, a stylish restaurant and bar in the West Third Street shopping and dining district. The menu, under the direction of executive chef Jason Tuley from Santa Barbara's Square One, will focus on sustainable, local products and seasonal American cuisine. An extensive list of handmade signature cocktails will be offered alongside 20 regional craft beers on tap and a California-centric wine menu. The Churchill, 8384 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-655-8384.
 
The Umami Restaurant Group's upcoming downtown deli concept, UMAMIcatessen will feature PIGG --- a cutting edge pork tribute featuring various charcuterie and other creations from San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino. Also included will be Adam Fleischman's Umami Kosher-style deli, The Cure, as well as an expanded Umami Burger. UMAMIcatessen is expected to open in early 2012, and will be located on the ground floor of the classic Orpheum Theatre.
 
Chef Ali Mookhi, a pioneer in modern Indian cuisine, fuses traditional Indian dishes with California accents and organic market ingredients at the new Naya on Sunset in Silver Lake. Designed by the Spacecraft group, billowy white curtains create a romantic effect, while the lounge boasts 20-foot ceilings framed with Indian gothic arches, and a garden offers three fireplaces. Signature dishes include goat cheese and walnut samosa, filet mignon breakfast curry, lamb osso buco, butter chicken masala and a chocolate-filled dessert samosa. Dinner nightly. Naya, 3705 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-663-8268.
 
Orange County-based Haven Gastropub has opened in Old Pasadena, with an inventive menu from chef Greg Daniels and beers brewed onsite from brewmaster David Larsen. Daniels offers dishes such as lamb burger; goose pastrami sandwich; duck proscuitto flatbread with leek jam, Point Reyes blue cheese and arugula; and grilled octopus with caramelized fennel and citrus aïoli. Bread pudding and bacon ice cream are offered for dessert, and a wide selection of craft beers are poured, plus a global wine list. Lunch & Dinner daily. Haven Gastropub + Brewery, 42 De Lacey Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-768-9555.
 
Yamashiro executive chef, Brock Kleweno has opened Komida, a pop-up of his Asian-fusion taco stand in Hollywood. For October, it will be open Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with hours increasing in November. Tacos include black cod, Hoisin duck confit, soy and red wine-braised short rib. Komida, 1738 N Orange Dr., Hollywood, CA 90028, no phone.
 
Antonio Medina's popular Gastrobus has evolved into a cozy restaurant on Hillhurst in Los Feliz called Gastronomico. Expect dishes, featuring farmer's market produce and locally butchered meats, to include an eight-hour braised Ecuadorian pulled pork sandwich, grilled rib-eye steak, roasted organic chicken, organic turkey burger, corn flapjacks topped with cheese and scallions, and chocolate banana upside down cake. Lunch Wed.-Sun., Dinner Wed.-Sat. Gastronomico, 1802 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 818-742-7876.
 

NEWS BYTES

Octobeer Tasting Menu at MEZZE
During dinner service throughout October, MEZZE is offering an Octobeer tasting menu in celebration of their new craft beer program. Chef Micah Wexler is pairing Eastern Mediterranean dishes (veal sausage with chickpea stew and Guernica pepper, for example) with beers like Arrogant Bastard Oaked Ale. The four-course tasting menu costs $50 per person (minimum 2 people). MEZZE, 401 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310-657-4103.
 
Takeout & Delivery Service Launched at Tiato
Tiato has launched "Tiato An the Go" service, offering the House of An's famous garlic noodles for takeout and delivery for the first time. The menu features options for breakfast (french toast bananas Foster), lunch (turkey meatloaf with kale and garlic mashed potatoes) and dinner (Wagyu beef roll with rice noodles, lettuce and garden herbs). Tiato delivers within a three-mile radius of the restaurant (fee applies); there's an additional charge for longer distances. All orders for online evening takeout must be placed by 6:30 p.m. Orders can be placed Monday through Friday online at www.Tiato.com or by calling 310-866-5228. Tiato, MTV/Lions Gate, 2700 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404, 310-866-5228.
 
Chef Wolfgang Puck Wolfgang Puck Overseeing Dining Operations at Re-Designed Hotel Bel-Air
The iconic Hotel Bel-Air has re-opened after extensive refurbishment and redesign. Wolfgang Puck's restaurant group is overseeing all of the property's food and beverage operations which include the restaurant and bar, room service, catering and events, and the garden terrace. The restaurant Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Read more about the hotel's re-opening on GAYOT's blog. Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90077, 800-648-4097, 310-909-1644.
 

CHEF SHUFFLE

Chef Jason Fullilove (formerly of Desert Rose Restaurant and Da Vinci) has landed at The Tar Pit and is unveiling a compelling new fall menu. The Tar Pit, 609 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-965-1300.
 

CLOSINGS

In Silver Lake, Domenico Ristorante has closed. Domenico Ristorante, 1637 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
 
Rumor has it that Campanile will close its doors at the end of the year, and that the historic building once owned by Charlie Chaplin will house a new Mario Batali restaurant. More details to follow. Campanile, 624 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-938-1447.
 
The oddly named restaurant Ivan Kane's Café Wa s in Hollywood has shuttered. Ivan Kane's CafĂ© Wa s, Sunset + Vine, 1521 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
 

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