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January 2019 Archive

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LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT NEWS - JANUARY 2019 Archive


OPENINGS

Konbi is a hip little daytime restaurant in Echo Park serving Japanese-style sandwiches, seasonal vegetable dishes and coffees and desserts. Look for a layered omelet, pork katsu sandwich with cabbage and bulldog sauce, turnips with Meyer lemon, sesame and roasted rice, or a kabocha squash salad with pear, walnuts and miso. Konbi is a cash free restaurant that accepts credit cards and mobile payments. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Konbi, 1463 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles , CA 90026, 213-278-0007.
 
The sleek new all-day bakery/café Fiona has opened on Fairfax, helmed by pastry chef Nicole Rucker and chef Shawn Pham (Simbal). Look for high-end bread and pastry, which are also incorporated into breakfast and lunch specialties like black garlic toast or yogurt, chutney and curry leaves on country bread. Dinner features Vietnamese beef stew, celery root pancake with smoked fish, and duck for two. Fiona, 339 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-852-3210.
 
Chef Christopher Émé, who made a name for himself in Los Angeles with Ortolan and L'Orangerie, is behind KASS Wine Bar & Restaurant on La Brea Avenue. KASS Wine Bar & Restaurant, 320 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-413-2299.
 
Sotto alums Daniel and Caitlin Cutler have opened Ronan on Melrose Avenue, a chicly casual neighborhood spot serving up seasonal share plates and wood-fired pizzas. Featured dishes include sea bass Zarandeado, pork chop “animal style,” and beef tartare with pistachio; Neapolitan-style pies come topped with the likes of nduja, house guanciale, Gorgonzola crema and butterball potato. Dinner nightly. Ronan, 7315 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-917-5100.
 
A sprawling outpost of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse adds a luxe new dining option to the renovated Westfield Century City mall. Expect the likes of shellfish towers, foie gras, lobster and hand-cut, dry-aged steaks and chops, along with plenty of wine and cocktails. Del Frisco‚Äôs Double Eagle Steakhouse, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 323-784-0473.
 
Mozza alum chef Chad Colby will open Antico restaurant, featuring handmade pastas and wood-fired Italian fare. Antico, 4653 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323-510-3093.
 
The Manufactory has opened in downtown Los Angeles Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine Manufactory in San Francisco teamed up with Pizzeria Bianco chef/owner Chris Bianco on The Manufactory in downtown Los Angeles. The concept includes Tartine Bianco, an all-day restaurant, and a takeout window for coffee, sandwiches and pastries. The Manufactory, ROW DTLA, 757 Alameda St., #160, Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-375-3315.
 
Tesse in West Hollywood has expanded with casual sibling Tesse Cafe & Bakery Tesse in West Hollywood, one of GAYOT's 2018 Best New Restaurants in the U.S., has expanded with casual sibling Tesse Cafe & Bakery. On offer are house-made pastries, coffee, tea, beer and wine, plus a weekday lunch menu with salads, hot sandwiches, pastas, heartier dishes such as steak frites, and desserts. Tesse Cafe & Bakery, 8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-228-2040.
 
Chef Joe Miller (Joe's) and chef de cuisine Danielle Sobel present California cuisine with Japanese influences at Pacifique in West Hollywood. Pacifique, 631 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-359-0788.
 
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.
 
Nightshade is open in the ever-booming Arts District 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.
 

NEWS BYTES

Fresh Look & Menu for The Milky Way
The Spielberg family is carrying on the legacy of their late mother, Leah “LeeLee” Spielberg Adler, at The Milky Way. The Kosher restaurant is getting a new look and updated menu. The re-opening is set for February 18, 2019. The Milky Way, 9108 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 310-859-0004.
 
New Name & More for Bacaro LA
Bacaro LA has been renamed Bacari West Adams, accompanied by a new look and menu items for the roster of cicchetti (bite-sized bar snacks). A full cocktail program will launch in the coming months. Bacari West Adams, 2308 S. Union Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007, 213-453-1824.
 

CHEF SHUFFLE

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CLOSINGS

Dina and Steve Samson closed their Italian restaurant Sotto after service on January 26, 2019. They will continue to operate RossoBlù and Superfine Pizza, both located in downtown Los Angeles. Sotto, 9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, no phone.
 
Chef/restaurateur April Bloomfield's Hearth & Hound, which had taken over the former The Cat & Fiddle location on Sunset Boulevard, has shuttered. Hearth & Hound, 6530 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
 
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.
 
Piero Selvaggio closed his iconic Italian restaurant Valentino 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.
 

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