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LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT NEWS - AUGUST 2019 Archive


OPENINGS

Chef Ray Garcia will team up with restaurateur Beau Laughlin on Trademark Chef Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish) will team up with restaurateur Beau Laughlin (Atrium, Kettle Black, Sawyer) on Trademark in downtown Los Angeles. Expect to sample seasonal California fare in Fall 2019. Trademark, 915 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017, no phone.
 
Build your own bento box at Supertoro, now open at SOCIALEATS at The Gallery. The bright, minimalist fast-casual spot lets you get creative with choices ranging from crispy rice topped with spicy tuna, yellowtail, rock shrimp and more; a variety of hand or cut rolls featuring tuna, salmon, pork belly or grilled avocado; and seaweed salad and soba noodle salad. Supertoro, SOCIALEATS at The Gallery, 1315 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-584-7836.
 
Verve Roastery Del Sur has opened in the Arts District, offering haute specialty roast coffees and a breakfast and lunch menu from Chopped alum chef Mario Tolentino, alongside pastries from chef Erin McKenna (Babycakes). Expect an airy, sprawling, Nordic-inspired space with blonde wood and sunny windows. Menu items include an acai and dragon fruit bowl; avocado toast with chives, radish, shallot and cultured butter; savory sourdough french toast with sunny side-up farm egg; a porchetta and truffle cheese sandwich; and buckwheat soba noodles with turmeric cauliflower, pickled cabbage and miso tofu. Verve Roastery Del Sur, 500 Mateo St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-419-5077.
 
In Echo Park at the Mohawk Collective development, Revelator: Bar Avalon is ramping up to be an all-day affair serving wine, specialty coffee, and a new American menu highlighting local produce, meats and products. Chef Joshua Guarneri offers shareable small plates like summer squash and burrata on rye, and tonnato, farm eggs and dill. Sommelier and beverage director Nathaniel Muñoz curates a list of wines mostly from the Americas, with every wine on the menu being offered by the glass. Eve Wines, a store that will be connected to the restaurant, will offer a selection of wines from around the world. Bar Avalon is a part of the Revelator Coffee Company, a coffee roaster and café operator based in Atlanta. Revelator: Bar Avalon, Mohawk Collective , 2112 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
 
Chef-owner Helene An will open a new restaurant in Beverly Hills, Da Lat Rose, above her iconic Crustacean on Bedford Drive this fall. There will be tasting menus, a chef’s counter, and only a single seating at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and seatings at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Look for An's signature Euro-Vietnamese fusion cuisine and cocktails. Da Lat Rose, 468 N. Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
 
Fia has opened in the former Wilshire space Fia has opened in the former Wilshire space, with a revamp of the patio and interiors by M. Winter Design. The restaurant features 300 seats (200 of them outdoors), several fireplaces, ferns, palms and a bocce court. Chef Brendan Collins offers a menu inspired by the Amalfi coast with a focus on rustic dishes, local seafood, and fresh house-made pasta. Options include big eye tuna carpaccio, oysters with fermented cabbage, capellini lobster Bolognese, braised rabbit tortellini, whole grilled dorade, and a Flannery beef rib-eye chop. Fia, 2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-586-1707.
 
Celebrated Tijuana-style tacos are found at DTLA’s new spot, Tacos 1986, on the corner of 6th and Spring Streets. Look for the former pop-up’s popular grilled meats and melted cheese in asada, adobada, mushroom and chicken tacos, as well as in quesadillas, mulitas and vampiros. To drink there’s horchata, Jamaica or Mexican coke. Tacos 1986, 609 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-988-7202.
 
Chef-restaurateur Jeremy Fall has opened Mixtape on Beverly Boulevard in the former BLD space. An atmospheric interior will feature art from the likes of Quincy Jones, Vic Mensa, Tokimonsta and Jaden Smith, and there’s a brunch playlist created by Robin Thicke. An eclectic menu inspired by Fall’s Tunisian-Caribbean-Jewish-French background offers beef cheek poutine, mussels and chorizo, a fried jerk chicken sandwich, pastrami agnolotti, smoked salmon and latkes, and shakshuka. Mixtape, 7450 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-424-7044.
 

NEWS BYTES

Toscana owners Mike and Kathie Gordon Toscana Celebrates 30 Years & Makes Plans for Future
Toscana is celebrating 30 years in 2019, but the Brentwood restaurant is also looking towards the future. Owners Mike and Kathie Gordon have announced that they negotiated a 20-year lease renewal, starting in November 2019. They also plan to fully remodel the kitchen with design consultation from executive chef Luca Crestanelli. For this project, Toscana will be temporarily closed for about a month as of January 2, 2020, but next door Bar Toscana will remain open. Toscana, 11633 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-820-2448.
 
Pacific Dining Car is celebrating 98 years in Los Angeles with 98-cent steaks 98-cent Steak Special at Pacific Dining Car
Pacific Dining Car is celebrating 98 years in Los Angeles with 98-cent steaks through August. Reservations must be secured via the official website. The special is offered at the Downtown LA and Santa Monica locations. Pacific Dining Car, 1310 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-483-6000.
 

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CLOSINGS

In Venice, local favorite Canal Club closed at the end of August after two decades. Jame Enoteca’s Jackson Kalb will take over the space with a new, yet unnamed, opening next year. Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310-823-3878.
 
Hollywood seafood favorite The Hungry Cat has closed after a 15-year run. No word yet on what will replace it. The Hungry Cat, Sunset + Vine, 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028, no phone.
 
Quinn and Karen Hatfield have closed their restaurant Odys + Penelope on La Brea Avenue. Odys + Penelope, 127 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
 
Celebrated baker and new cookbook author Nicole Rucker (Dappled) closed her first restaurant, Fiona, on August 11, 2019. Fiona, 339 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
 
K-town craft beer favorite Beer Belly closed its doors at the end of July. The Long Beach location remains open. Beer Belly, 532 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020, no phone.
 

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