Los Angeles Restaurant News
Jon & Vinny's has expanded with a second location in Brentwood. This fun, modern take on the neighborhood Italian joint comes from restaurateur/chef partners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. Jon & Vinny's, 11938 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-442-2733.
The ever-booming Arts District keeps ’em coming, this time with Top Chef Season 12 winner Mei Lin’s new restaurant Nightshade. Look for a sprawling, elegant space with a globally influenced, innovative Cal-Asian menu that includes dishes like beef tartare, oysters with passionfruit sauce, and a pork and tofu cream lasagna. Nightshade, 923 E. 3rd St., Ste. 109, Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-626-8888.
At Blackship in West Hollywood, chef Keiichi Kurobe blends Italian and Japanese influences in his cuisine. The restaurant's name is inspired by the fleets of "black ships" from the West that arrived in Japan in the 16th and 19th centuries, which marked the end of the country's isolation and the start of a global cultural exchange. Blackship, 8512 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-734-7553.
Sarah Meade has transformed her former elegant Westbound into the new cocktail haven Here and Now in the Arts District. She's partnering with Va'La Hospitality's Aaron Melendrez (Salazar), Damian Diaz and Othon Nolasco (E.R.B.). The cocktail menu is broken into five sections representing significant eras in L.A's history, featuring the likes of the "San Gabriel" (Avua Prata cachaca, Italicus, Chareau, kiwi and lime). Executive chef Geo Delgado (Gusto, Petit Ermitage Hotel) creates a chic bar menu featuring pork belly fries with Kennebec potatoes; a mushroom polenta with maitake, oyster and porcini mushrooms with a 63 degree egg and crispy Brussels sprouts; and, of course, a burger, made with a blend of short rib, chuck and brisket. Here and Now, 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-262-9291.
Veteran LA restaurateurs Beau Laughlin and Jay Milliken (Kettle Black, Sawyer) have opened a new Los Feliz restaurant, Atrium, on Vermont Avenue. The former theatre rehearsal studio space has become a sprawling, casual 3,200-square-foot eatery with an open, modern aesthetic that incorporates wood, skylights, and inherited brick and bolt accents. An experienced F&B team includes executive chef-partner Hunter Pritchett (Son of a Gun, Waterloo & City), pastry chef-partner Gregory Baumgartner (71Above, E.P. & L.P.), beverage director Jordan Young (Kettle Black, Sawyer) and general manager Cameron Dodge White (Little Dom’s). Look for a globally inspired menu that features oysters with Negroni mignonette; crispy maitake mushrooms with an eel sauce glaze; Hawaiian kanpachi crudo with nuoc cham, passion fruit, chiles, onion and viet herbs; and a Patchamama pork chop katsu with burnt apple bulldog sauce, cabbage slaw, lime, shiso and milk bread. Atrium, 1816A N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-607-6944.
Japan’s celebrated ramen restaurant Ippudo has opened its first Southern California location in Santa Monica in the former Taberna Arros y Vi space on 2nd Street. Ippudo, 1403 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
Weekend Brunch at Tesse
Tesse in West Hollywood now features brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy French-inspired dishes from chef Raphaël François, along with croissants, muffins and more from pastry chef Sally Camacho Mueller. Check out GAYOT's photos and videos from Tesse's brunch. Tesse, 8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-3866.
Chef David Féau has left the kitchen at Wally's Beverly Hills to pursue new opportunities, including developing a line of fresh soups called JeCook. Wally's Beverly Hills, 447 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-475-3540.
Citizen, which served New American fare in a boho-chic space in Beverly Hills, has shuttered. Citizen, 184 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
After more than 40 years in business, Piero Selvaggio closed his iconic Italian restaurant, Valentino, in Santa Monica. However, Selvaggio is not leaving the hospitality business, as there are plans to open a Newport Beach restaurant. Valentino, 3115 W. Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
The Ponte has shuttered for renovations. The Italian restaurant from Stéphane Bombet and chef Scott Conant announced via Instagram that it will be back in Spring 2019 with a new interior and new dishes. The Ponte, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
Santa Monica's Locanda del Lago shuttered after service on New Year's Eve. Locanda del Lago, Third Street Promenade, 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
Garden-to-glass cocktail chef Matthew Biancaniello's Mon Li in Malibu is temporarily shuttered due to damages from the Woosley fire. Look for a re-opening in Spring 2019. Mon Li, Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club, 26025 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265, 310-525-1150.
After nearly two decades of offering French-inspired fine dining in Santa Monica, chef Josiah Citrin's Mélisse will shutter for renovations and reconcepting. The last night of service will be March 2, 2019. Look for it to re-open later in the year. Mélisse, 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-395-0881.
Restauration in Long Beach is temporarily closed due to fire damage. Restauration, 2708 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814, 562-439-8822.
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