Los Angeles Restaurant News & Culinary Events
NUEVA on the Westside will be a contemporary Mexican cantina from restaurateurs Jared Meisler (The Roger Room, The Friend) and David and Patti Reiss of the Reiss Co (Yours Truly and others). Chefs Vartan Abgaryan and Mesraim Llaneze will lead the culinary team. The space will feature an expanded outdoor dining patio and iWave air filtration system. The opening is scheduled for July 2020. NUEVA, 822 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, no phone.
Chef Phillip Frankland Lee has opened Pasta|Bar in the former Woodley Proper space in Encino, joining Scratch|Bar and Sushi|Bar. Guests are treated to a welcome drink before being ushered to the kitchen for a menu of fresh pasta. Pasta|Bar, Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, no phone.
New in Santa Monica is Interstellar, named after "the space occurring between two stars," with these celestial points representing American and Korean cultures. This café's menu presents signature items such as katsu curry and sweet and spicy baby back ribs, along with waffles, burgers, pastas and more. Interstellar, 109 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-310-8820.
Tomato Wednesdays at Marino Ristorante
At Marino Ristorante in West Hollywood, chef Salvatore Marino presents Tomato Wednesdays, which he started 17 years ago at Il Grano. Although tomatoes are served all summer long, these special days feature a variety of tomatoes straight from Marino's garden, a reflection of the family's roots in Naples, Italy. These tomatoes are highlighted throughout the menu in crudo, pizza, pasta and meat dishes. Marino Ristorante is open for outdoor dining. A tasting menu is also available for takeout and delivery. Marino Ristorante, 11359 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 310-477-7886.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine have launched Hollywood Bowl Supper To Go, featuring food and beverages from Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin. Customers can order meals and wine online and select a 45-minute window as their pickup time. After patrons arrive in the Hollywood Bowl’s main parking lot, the meal will be brought to their vehicle and placed in the trunk. To ensure availability, ordering the day before is encouraged. For more information, visit the official website.
Build Your Own Gin & Tonic at Terra
Terra, the rooftop restaurant at Eataly LA, is open for outdoor dining and offering a new Build Your Own Gin & Tonic menu for the summer. Customizable options include tonic with unique flavors like yuzu, elderflower and grapefruit, as well as herb garnishes and seasonal fruit like cucumbers and blackberries. Also, check out wood-grilled, seasonal dishes like the Pesche e Burrata (fresh burrata, Regier Family Farms peaches, basil, grilled housemade bread) and the shareable Wagyu Tomahawk Rib-eye. Terra, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 213-310-8008.
The Maybourne Beverly Hills on the Scene
The Montage Beverly Hills hotel has become The Maybourne Beverly Hills. Al fresco dining will continue to be available at The Restaurant and Rooftop Grill. The Restaurant at Maybourne Beverly Hills, The Maybourne Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-860-7886.
Heroic Italian in downtown Santa Monica is no longer headed by chef Barbara Pollastrini. Chef Jeffrey Merrihue now oversees the menu. Heroic Italian, 516 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-691-8278.
Somni and The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Beverly Hills will close permanently. The hotel's ownership is seeking to terminate the agreement with chef/restaurateur José Andrés's ThinkFoodGroup. Somni, SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-246-5543.
Broken Spanish, the innovative Mexican restaurant from chef Ray Garcia, has shuttered due to the ongoing issues of the pandemic. Broken Spanish, Met Lofts, 1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
Ludo Lefebvre's Trois Mec will not return. Neighboring restaurant Petit Trois remains open for takeout, while the Sherman Oaks location offers takeout and outdoor dining. Trois Mec, 716 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
Here’s Looking at You in Koreatown has closed its doors, possibly for the last time. The team's sister spot in Silver Lake, All Day Baby, remains open. Here's Looking At You, 3901 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90020, no phone.
Another casualty of the COVID-19 crisis is chef Lincoln Carson's Bon Temps, a modern French brasserie with industrial flair in downtown LA's Arts District. Bon Temps, 712 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
Chef Eric Bost has shuttered his restaurant auburn. auburn, 6703 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
The Santa Monica location of Pacific Dining Car has shuttered. The downtown branch remains open. Pacific Dining Car, 2700 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, no phone.
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