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LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT NEWS - OCTOBER 2012 Archive


OPENINGS

The Glendale Tap, geared to the locals, has opened in Glendale. More than 50 beers are offered on tap, including Sculpin IPA, AleSmith IPA, Bear Republic Racer X Double IPA and Calico Amber Ale. For food, look for Irish pub snacks courtesy of owner Steve Skorupa's Timmy Nolan's Tavern in Toluca Lake. The woodsy, old-school bar is decorated with vintage signs and relics from auto shops, and includes pool tables and darts. Lunch Sat.-Sun., Dinner nightly. The Glendale Tap, 4227 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA 91204, 818-241-4227.
 
Burger Parlor, the chef-driven burger joint that developed a cult following last year as a "pop-up" venue, has opened their highly anticipated permanent location in downtown Fullerton. Owner/executive chef Joseph Mahon will be serving up a selection of innovative, artisanal burger creations featuring Angus beef and fresh ingredients, as well as a long list of breakfast cereal-based milkshakes featuring such childhood favorites as Cap'n Crunch and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The venue will also feature salads, and an unpublished "secret" menu. Lunch & Dinner daily. Burger Parlor, 204 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92832, 714-871-2012.
 
ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, an Asian-inspired dining concept from Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced it will debut its first Los Angeles location in early 2013, following the rollout of two restaurants in Washington, D.C. The cuisine at ShopHouse is inspired by several Asian cuisines, reflecting the flavors of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. Following a similar concept to Chipotle, guests choose from jasmine rice, brown rice, chilled rice noodles, then add proteins like (e.g., chicken satay, tofu), a choice of vegetables, and sauces, such as spicy red curry sauce or tamarind vinaigrette, all topped by crushed peanuts or crispy garlic.
 
Autumn should see the opening of the second location of Hostaria del Piccolo. This branch of Santa Monica's casual Italian restaurant Hostaria del Piccolo will be part of The Frank, a new apartment complex in Venice. For more information, visit www.hostariadelpiccolo.com. Hostaria del Piccolo, 512 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
 
Rockwell: Table & Stage's official grand opening Friday, October 19 will unveil new cocktail and food menus and launch "For the Record," a show featuring the works of director Martin Scorsese. The former Los Feliz favorite Vermont Restaurant will continue to stage live, musical performances in a newly renovated indoor supper club that also includes a bi-level open-air patio. Among menu items are Maine lobster deviled eggs, brown ale-steamed mussels, maple bacon-wrapped diver scallops, and prime rib of pork with brown sugar marinade and cranberry chipotle sauce. Rockwell: Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-669-1550.
 
Chef David Myers (Comme Ca) is planning on an early 2013 opening for his new restaurant at The Century luxury condominium building in Century City. It will be called Hinoki & the Bird and the menu will feature Asian-inspired small plates. Hinoki & the Bird, 1 Century Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90067, no phone.
 

NEWS BYTES

DRAGO Centro’s Autumn All-Game Tasting Menu
At DRAGO Centro, chef/owner Celestino Drago and executive chef Ian Gresik debut their unique fall all-game tasting menu, nodding to Drago's legendary hunting trips. An adventurous five-course tasting menu costs $70 per person, with an optional $45 wine pairing; dishes include venison and guanciale carpaccio, rabbit fettucine, truffle-crusted partridge, and squab roulade, with goat's milk panna cotta for dessert. DRAGO Centro, City National Plaza, 525 S. Flower St., Ste. 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-228-8998.
 
Schnitzel Specials and Free Beer at Wirtshaus
For the month of November Wirtshaus will feature seven special schnitzel variations on the traditional German menu standby. Included are a liver variation topped with onions, the popular pretzel-breaded schnitzel, a veggie version with eggplant, and for the more adventurous, a goat schnitzel. For guests who prefer sausages over schnitzel, Wirtshaus launched "Wurst Wednesdays," where every Wednesday, from 5 p.m.-10 p.m., diners who purchase one of Wirtshaus' sausage entrées receive one free pint of beer. Wirtshaus, 345 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-931-9291.
 
The Parish Debuts Breakfast Program
L.A.'s Brit-inspired gastropub, The Parish, has introduced a new breakfast program from executive chef Casey Lane. Expect dishes like sage eggs and sausage; fried chicken and maple dijon with pickles; trout with jalapeño slaw; and grilled escarole over egg; as well as house-made biscuits, brioche and beignets. The Parish, 840 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-225-2400.
 
Superba Snack Bar Adds Friday Lunch & Weekend Brunch
In Venice, Superba Snack Bar has added Friday lunch and weekend brunch service. Chef Jason Neroni's menu includes griddle items such as poached eggs with green chorizo fondu on pan con tomate, and garden items like quinoa pilaf, kimchi beets and basil salad. Superba Snack Bar, 533 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310-399-6400.
 
Colonial Wine Bar's New Omakase
The Colonial Wine Bar is now serving an omakase-style menu. Utilizing dishes already featured on the restaurant's menu, co-owner David Haskell picks a unique selection of wines and beers from the newly revamped beverage list for a seven-course meal, each paired to mimic flavors found in a typical Japanese omakase dinner. Some dishes include "uni" devilled eggs with bacon; paprika "oysters;" and "blue crab roll" risotto. The cost is $68 per person, and wine pairings are included with each course. The Colonial Wine Bar, 7166 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-657-1827.
 
AMMO is introducing a revamped cocktail menu AMMO Introduces New Cocktails
AMMO is introducing a revamped cocktail menu created by new bar manager, Jonny Ericsen. Concoctions will include seasonal herbs and farmers' market fruits and vegetables, ranging from pairings of lavender and St. Germain to bourbon and burnt rosemary. AMMO, 1155 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-871-2666.
 

CHEF SHUFFLE

Mirabelle introduces its new executive chef, Drew Ison, who will bring a new menu of upscale California bistro cuisine to the iconic Sunset Strip eatery. Mirabelle, 8768 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-659-6022.
 
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne have announced that Gavin Mills (Wood & Vine) will join Tavern as chef de cuisine in mid-November. Tavern, 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-806-6464.
 
Catalan chef Perfecto Rocher has left his position at Lazy Ox Canteen. In late fall 2012, he and Michael Cardenas will open a paella restaurant in Santa Monica called Taberna Arros Y Vi. Lazy Ox Canteen, 241 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-626-5299.
 
Giacomino Drago's partner Danilo Terribili has left A1 Cucina Italiana, along with chef Freddy Escobar, as of October 21. Drago will continue to operate the restaurant with a pending name and menu change. A1 Cucina Italiana, 107 No. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-657-1345.
 
Rory Herrmann has left his position of executive chef de cuisine at Thomas Keller's Bouchon in Beverly Hills. Taking over the post is David Hands, Bouchon's former executive sous chef. Bouchon, Garden Building, 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-271-9910.
 

CLOSINGS

La Cienega's upscale Middle Eastern restaurant MEZZE has shuttered, purportedly due to heavy construction next door. The restaurant has stated its intention to relocate sometime in the near future. MEZZE, 401 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, no phone.
 
Chef Mark Peel's Campanile will close its doors after a Halloween party on October 31, 2012. Tickets are $89 per person and include food, drink and entertainment. Campanile, 624 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-938-1447.
 
Blue Marlin, which served up casual home-style Japanese cuisine in West L.A., has closed. Blue Marlin, Sawtelle Center, 2121 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, no phone.
 

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