Los Angeles Restaurant News & Culinary Events
Broseph's Restaurant Group (BRG) has transformed the former space of Brick + Mortar in Santa Monica into Tipsy Chef, offering California-inspired cuisine in an industrial-styled space. Tipsy Chef, 2435 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-450-3434.
Sōgo Roll Bar adds another sushi spot to Los Feliz. It comes from the Sushi Note team headed by chef Kiminobu Saito and Dustin Lancaster and Sarah Dietz. Intimate, airy digs feature a long, blond wooden sushi bar as well as patio seating. Look for specialty seasonal hand rolls and limited sashimi ranging from snapper, salmon and toro, to albacore kari kari, crab and lobster. Cut rolls are available for takeout. To drink, find Kimino yuzu soda, hot and iced tea, and soda. Sōgo Roll Bar, 4634 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-741-0088.
Chef Luke Reyes has opened 9th St. Ramen in DTLA. Look for appetizers like fresh handmade gyoza and karaage fried chicken as well as a spicy tuna donburi rice bowl. Signature ramen, made from toasted wheat and rye flour, ranges from traditional pork tonkotsu to spicy lamb ramen, black ramen double soup, and vegan charred onion and mushroom ramen with pickled seasonal vegetables. 9th St. Ramen, 111 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 323-540-9430.
Italian chef Massimo Bottura has opened Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura in Beverly Hills. This is Gucci’s first U.S. restaurant, and Bottura’s second Gucci Osteria (the first is in Florence). Perched on the roof of Gucci’s Beverly Hills flagship store, the restaurant offers a luxe terrace that overlooks Rodeo Drive, and interiors featuring red velvet banquettes, Gucci Décor wallpaper and marble tables. Chef de cuisine Mattia Agazzi helms the stoves, while the menu blends Bottura’s signature Italian dishes with California seasonal ingredients. Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura, Gucci, 347 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 424-600-7490.
Nerano's upstairs BG Lounge has developed into a full-fledged restaurant, BG, inspired by Italian-American restaurants in Hollywood and New York. BG, 9960 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 424-332-0432.
In Lincoln Heights historic spot The Airliner,which first opened nearly a century ago in 1923, has relaunched with a massive transformation from new owners Sean Kelly and Monica Blair. The swank restaurant, bar and lounge offers 4,500 square feet of space over two floors, a long bar, and a large back patio. Chef Gabriel Cappelli (The Edmon) helms the stoves, offering luxe bar bites like tiny deviled eggs with crispy ham and spicy tomato jam, and larger plates including eggplant caponata with wilted arugula, roasted Mary’s half chicken, and Creekstone Farms chuck steak with chimichurri. Look for creative craft cocktails, and a short, mostly French and Spanish, curated wine list. The Airliner, 2419 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90031, 323-987-0444.
A fourth location of Lucifers Pizza is now open in Studio City. Design highlights include white subway tile, funky artwork, and an earthy modern rustic environment with indoor and outdoor tables. House specialty pies include roast pumpkin and prosciutto with roasted garlic, spinach and mozzarella; Greek lamb and rosemary with caramelized onions, feta cheese, kalamata olives, rosemary and garlic; and unique to the Studio City location, fan favorite “The Growler” is back, with fresh mozzarella, salmon, arugula, capers, cream cheese and fresh chili. Vegan cheese (feta cheese excluded) and gluten-free dough can be substituted on all pizzas, and the new ultra-low-carb keto-friendly cauliflower crust is available in personal size pizzas. Lucifers Pizza, 11266 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91406, 818-691-3201.
NY chefs Macks Collins and Bryan Kidwell (Mad Pambazos food truck) have opened their first restaurant in Culver City, Piccalilli. California, Asian and regional Southeast lowcountry influences shape a menu featuring Thai banana hush puppies with charred onion aïoli, beet salad and seasonal honey; miso pork jowl with tiger salad and house ponzu; and snapper crudo with grapefruit, Sichuan peppercorn, glazed peanuts and cilantro. The cocktail program, offering drinks crafted with seasonal ingredients, is complemented by a curated selection of local beers and eclectic California wines from small-scale producers. Piccalilli, 3850 Main St., Culver City, CA 90232, 424-298-8540.
Kismet chefs Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer have opened a fast casual eatery called Kismet Rotisserie a few doors down from their hit Los Feliz spot. Look for whole, half and quarter rotisserie chickens, sandwiches, salads and savory veggie sides like curried cauliflower. To drink try a carrot gingerade. Kismet Rotisserie, 4666 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-400-3700.
Atwater Village's Palette Food + Juice focuses on simple, affordable and nourishing foods made without the use of refined sugar, additives and oils. The restaurant's bowls and soups offer a variety of grains, beans and meats, along with raw, cooked, and fermented seasonal vegetables from local farms where all their ingredients are sourced. Through Palette, owners Melissa Nester and Molly Keith see a daily opportunity to awaken peoples' consciousness to health, wellness, and a responsibility to the earth. Sustainability is at the core of the restaurant's values, and Palette is a low waste venue that produces less than one garbage bag of waste per day. Palette Food + Juice, 3193 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-426-9171.
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In Santa Monica, FIG restaurant's happy hour, FIG at FIVE, offers a special discount of 50 percent off most of the items on the regular dinner menu from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. FIG, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-319-3111.
Monday through Friday
Stop by Petty Cash Taqueria during "hora feliz" (aka happy hour) Mon.-Fri. from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. for food and drink specials on margaritas and boozy aguas frescas. Petty Cash Taqueria, 7360 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-933-5300.
Mama Lion in Koreatown offers happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Enjoy specials on nibble such as calamari fries, crispy chicken sliders and pork belly tacos, plus $6 cocktails. Mama Lion, 601 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005, 213-377-5277.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele Launches Full Cocktail Menu & Aperitivo Hour
Hollywood’s L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele recently got its liquor license and has launched a new bar program with a full cocktail menu and an Aperitivo Hour. Fresh, seasonal ingredients and house-made juices and syrups are incorporated in drinks such as the “L.A. Woman” (Amass gin, egg white, sage, lemon, and homemade peach reduction). Aperitivo Hour offers classic cocktails, beer and wine with a selection of dishes and appetizers including da Michele’s signature Margherita and Marinara pizzas, available Monday-Friday from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, 1534 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-366-2408.
Toscana Under Renovations
Toscana plans to fully remodel the kitchen with design consultation from executive chef Luca Crestanelli. For this project, Toscana is temporarily closed as of January 2020, but next door Bar Toscana will remain open. Toscana, 11633 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-820-2448.
Musso & Frank Grill Uncorks New Signature Red Wine Label “2018 Peake Ranch Syrah”
Musso & Frank Grill has just added the restaurant’s 2018 signature Peake Ranch Syrah to the menu to help welcome the new year. The addition of the new wine signals Musso’s ongoing efforts to expand and embellish its wine program. The restaurant’s General Manager and Wine Director, Andrea Scuto, who blended the new vintage of the wine, says, “Musso’s Peake Ranch Syrah is deep red with purple reflections, shiny in the glass, and shows the concentration typical of a long ripening season. The nose is powerful, with a burst of black fruit and purple flowers accented from the cardamom and baking spices generously imparted by the French oak barrels used to elevate the wine. Tannins are sweet and smooth, working together with the natural acidity of the Syrah, to give great structure to the wine in order to pair it with our famous steaks.” Musso & Frank Grill, 6667 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-467-7788.
Andreas Roller has announced his departure from the role of executive chef of Patina, the flagship restaurant of Joachim Splichal's Patina Restaurant Group and one of GAYOT's 2019 Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. Taking over is Fernando Darin, most recently executive chef of Ray's & Stark Bar. Patina, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-972-3331.
The Restaurant at Arts District Firehouse Hotel in DTLA is closed. The historic 1927 firehouse had been restored to a modern boutique hotel. The Restaurant at Arts District Firehouse Hotel, Arts District Firehouse Hotel, 710 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne have announced that Lucques will close after service on May 6, 2020. Lucques, 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-655-6277.
Makani is temporarily closed for renovations, according to their website. Makani, 512 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
Betty Fraser has shuttered her Hollywood restaurant, Grub, and will focus on catering. Grub, 911 Seward St., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
The East Hollywood outpost of Brooklyn hit Five Leaves has startlingly closed after less than a year. No news on what will take over the gorgeous space on Fountain Avenue. Five Leaves Los Angeles, 4845 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029, no phone.
Hollywood's Spoonfed closed its doors after service on January 30, 2020. Spoonfed, 959 Seward St., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
In Malibu Mr. Chow has closed in the Malibu Country Mart. The Beverly Hills Mr. Chow and its other locations remain open. Mr. Chow, Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, CA 90265, no phone.
South Bay’s beloved restaurant Chez Mélange has said goodbye after 37 years. Chez Mélange, 1611 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277, no phone.
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