Los Angeles Restaurant News & Culinary Events
Chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne (The Lucques Group) are transforming Tavern in Brentwood into a second location of A.O.C. Expected to open in May 2021, the restaurant will serve small plates inspired by California’s seasonal products. There will also be local beers, market-driven cocktails and a large selection of wines by the glass and carafe, highlighting small-production wines made from grapes that are either sustainably, organically or biodynamically grown. A.O.C., 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-806-6464.
Chef/restaurateur Wolfgang Puck opened the original Spago on the Sunset Strip in the 1980s, and he has returned to the famed Sunset Boulevard with two restaurants at the Pendry West Hollywood. Merois is an open-air, rooftop restaurant highlighting Japanese, Southeast Asian and French/California cuisine. Expect signature dishes such as Snake River Farms dry-aged tomahawk rib-eye, as well as new, seasonal creations. Ospero is a European style café featuring an all-day menu including salads, handmade pastas, vegan dishes and house-made pizzas from a wood-burning oven. Pendry West Hollywood, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-928-9000.
Enjoy an outdoor rooftop dining experience at The Beverly Hilton with Sant’olina, a concept from The h.wood Group. Chefs Michael Teich, David Johns and Burt Bakman present Mediterranean cuisine with California influences. Sant’olina, The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-274-7777.
SASO made its debut in February 2021. The restaurant presents coastal cuisine from chef Dominique Crisp on a patio shared with the Pasadena Playhouse courtyard. SASO, 37 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-808-4976.
Canada-based JOEY Restaurants has opened its third Los Angeles area location, JOEY Manhattan Beach. Outdoor dining and takeout are currently available. Expect an eclectic, globally inspired menu offering burgers, sushi, steaks and more. JOEY Manhattan Beach, 3200 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-546-1139.
Restaurateur Stelian Tasu presents an elevated Italian dining experience at Terra e Mare Ristorante in Studio City. It is located just a few blocks from Pagliacci’s Trattoria Taverna, which he also runs. Terra e Mare Ristorante, 13251 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-528-7470.
Gilles Amsallem and chef Michèle La Porta are taking croissants to a new level at The Outdoors Coffee, a breakfast and light lunch place with outdoor dining in West Hollywood. Check out GAYOT's article. The Outdoors Coffee, 8400 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-976-4693.
Owner Jeffrey Merrihue, of Heroic Italian in Santa Monica, has expanded with a Heroic Italian location in Beverly Hills. The menu features a selection of salads, soups, pizzas and sandwiches. Heroic Italian, 8484 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 650-224-5999.
Jame Enoteca chef/owner Jackson Kalb and co-owner Melissa Saka are introducing their second concept, Ospi. The name comes from ospitante (“host” in Italian), with the intention that guests will feel as comfortable as if they were at a friend’s dinner party. The menu features Californian takes on regional Italian cuisine. Ospi, 2025 Pacific Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 424-443-5007.
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Dominique Crenn's VitaBowl
VitaBowl, a source for delivery-only, plant-based meals, is a project co-founded by chef/restaurateur Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn), entrepreneur Charles Michael Yim and Miko Lorenzo (head of Food & Beverage at The Ritz-Carlton). The service has started in the Los Angeles area but plans to expand to San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, Austin and Chicago. On the menu you’ll find options like “Cali - Rejuvenate | Mood Booster,” featuring RightRice, quinoa, shaved Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, avocado crema and kombucha apple cider vinaigrette.
Chef Aitor Zabala has parted ways with chef José Andrés' ThinkFoodGroup. Most recently, he had collaborated on the fine-dining concept Somni, which is now closed, at SLS Beverly Hills.
Jerry's Patio Cafe & Bar, from the team behind Jerry's Famous Deli, has closed its doors. However, they remain hopeful about the future, posting on their website: "We endeavor to regroup and return to serve all of you, our loyal customers, again." Jerry's Patio Cafe & Bar, 13181 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, no phone.
After more than 20 years on Sunset Boulevard, The Standard, Hollywood closed its doors permanently on January 22, 2021. The property formerly included a 24-hour restaurant along with lounges and nightclubs. The Standard will continue to operate its DTLA location, as well as hotels in NYC, Miami and beyond. The Standard, Hollywood, The Standard, 8300 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069, 323-650-9090.
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