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LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT NEWS - JULY 2019 Archive


OPENINGS

Asso Pasta Bar & Wine has opened in Silver Lake, in the former Blossom space on Sunset Boulevard. Look for fresh pastas including spaghetti with garlic olive oil, Calabrian chili, parsley and bottarga; tonarelli carbonara with guanciale; and gnocchetti with Meyer lemon, basil and burrata. There’s also house-made bruschetta, black kale salad, and affogato for dessert. Find an aperitivo menu, Italian wines and beers as well. Asso Pasta Bar & Wine, 4019 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-522-6769.
 
The Westin Long Beach has kicked off a $23 million renovation, which has debuted a new restaurant called Navy Proof Food & Spirits with executive chef Chris Garasic at the helm. The stylish dining room sports white marble floors, a three-story chandelier, and a living green wall. Look for seasonal New American fare focused on local seafood and meats. Menu items include charred octopus and calamari, a duck confit banh mi sandwich, pan-seared diver scallops, braised Angus short rib tartine, and pomegranate Jidori chicken. Navy Proof Food & Spirits, The Westin Long Beach, 333 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802, 562-436-3000.
 
Chef Anne Conness has opened a second location of her popular West 3rd Street restaurant Jaffa, on Venice Boulevard in Palms. Conness’ Eastern Mediterranean/Israeli menu features classic hummus with zatar and roasted tomatoes, Yemenite kubaneh bread, kale tabouli, whole roasted branzino, fresh pasta with Moroccan saffron butter, and lamb couscous with dried figs and cilantro. Jaffa Palms, 10306 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034, 424-298-8180.
 
Nigerian chef Aduke Oluwafunmilayo Oyetibo has opened Aduke African Cuisine on Pico Boulevard, dishing up authentic African cuisine from her home country. Look for a variety of stews with goat, beef, chicken, fish or turkey made with unique Nigerian ingredients, alongside fufu (mashed yam), okra, greens, fried plantains and seasoned jollof rice steamed in tomato sauce. Aduke African Cuisine, 6118 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 310-909-1945.
 
JOEY Restaurants will open its second Los Angeles area location, JOEY DTLA Canada-based JOEY Restaurants will open its second Los Angeles area location, JOEY DTLA, on July 31, 2019. Like sister location JOEY Woodland Hills, it will feature an eclectic, globally inspired menu. There will also be exclusive dishes such as a Korean fried cauliflower bowl, lobster grilled cheese and steak & lobster ravioli. JOEY DTLA, 700 W. Seventh St., Unit S430, Los Angeles, CA 90017, no phone.
 
Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina are expanding their popular Triple Beam Pizza franchise and landing in Echo Park this August in the former Two Boots space. Look for Roman-style rectangular pies at this Sunset Boulevard location – from the classic margherita to acorn squash, asparagus-feta, and pepperoni – sold by length and weight. Triple Beam will also sell pizza in the Echo and Echoplex during shows, and this shop will offer beer and wine. Triple Beam Pizza, 1818 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
 
Adamae, a stylish new neighborhood restaurant from partners Paul Pruitt, Duncan Smith and Jeff Manno, has opened in Echo Park in the space of the former Lost Knight. The name is inspired by sculptor Ada Mae Sharpless who created the nearby Lady of the Lake statue in Echo Park. Look for a seasonal California menu with Mediterranean accents from chef Matt Cheek, featuring the likes of smoked cod fritters with red pepper jam, roasted market carrots with labneh and almond-apricot aillade, mushroom kabob with achiote-sumac glaze, pan-fried branzino, and ginger-braised lamb shank. Expect beer, wine and craft cocktails such as the Ghostwriter mixed with mezcal, pomegranate, lemon, Campari and xocalatl mole bitters. Adamae, 1534 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-266-8001.
 
Chef Stefano De Lorenzo (La Botte, Piccolo) has opened an Italian trattoria, Colapasta, in Santa Monica. Expect fresh, house-made, mostly organic pastas ranging from beef ragù gramigna to bigoli with garlic and anchovies, casunziei red beet ravioli with brown butter, and ricotta gnocchi with wild arugula. Colapasta, 1241 5th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-310-8336.
 
Josef Centeno has flipped his airy and attractive Culver City BäcoShop into Amacita, a Cali-Tex-Mex restaurant more similar to his DTLA hit Bar Ama. Look for Centeno’s bright flavors in dishes such as tomato and peach salad, charred octopus with arugula salsa verde, and mesquite grilled items like pork collar and arbol shrimp skewers. For now, there's select beer and wine (including an Austrian orange and Portuguese rosé), and a michelada or grapefruit shandy. Soft opening hours run evenings Tuesday through Saturday with lunch and brunch to follow. Amacita, 9552 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 424-523-3300.
 

NEWS BYTES

South City Fried Chicken has shuttered, but the concept carries on at Preux & Proper South City Fried Chicken Pop-Up at Preux & Proper
The DTLA outpost of South City Fried Chicken has shuttered, but the concept carries on as a lunchtime pop-up at sister restaurant Preux & Proper. It is available Monday through Saturday. Among the five sandwiches is The New Orleans, loaded with Creole rémoulade, Cajun spice, Thai basil, a fried egg and ginger-miso BBQ sauce. There are also fried chicken plates with waffles or a biscuit, plus Southern sides and sweets. Preux & Proper, 840 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-896-0090.
 
Mags for Ag will take place at The Peterson Automotive Museum Magnums & More at Mags for Ag on August 1st
Mags for Ag, a feast with winemakers pouring magnums table side, will take place at The Peterson Automotive Museum on August 1st. The night kicks off with a caviar and wine reception at 7 p.m., followed by a keynote speaker and seated dinner led by host chef Sean Dent and special guest chefs. Brady Lowe (founder of Cochon555, Taste Network, Piggy Bank) will talk about how agriculture and technology can work together to support a better food future. After dinner, there will be a silent auction and dessert reception. Tickets cost $249 for the reception, dinner and silent auction. For more information, visit the official website.
 
Boca de Agua on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice has created happy hour-inspired flavors Boca de Agua Offers Happy Hour Flavors of Paletas & Ice Cream
For the summer, Boca de Agua on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice has created happy hour-inspired flavors of artisanal paletas (Mexican popsicles) and ice cream. These treats include Modelo with a tang of light hops; Dom Pérignon made with vintage Champagne; Avocado Crema combining avocado, sweet cream and mint; and Cactus with prickly pear (napoles) cactus flavor. Boca de Agua, 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
 
New Cocktails at Katsuya by sbe

sbe mixologist/corporate beverage director Gui Jaroschy has unveiled a new cocktail menu at Katsuya by Starck. His latest creations are the Sakai Spritz, Giniro Vesper, Sencha Highball, Citron Cloud Sour and Shishito Gimlet. They will be available at all Katsuya locations. Watch our exclusive interview. Katsuya by Starck, 11777 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-207-8744.
 
Bastille Day Party at Riviera 31 Lounge Bar Bastille Day Party at Riviera 31 Lounge Bar
Event organizers “French Tuesdays” will be hosting a July 14th Bastille Day party at Riviera 31 Lounge Bar, the cocktail lounge at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills from 6 p.m. to midnight. The event will feature French cancan dancers, a performance by French DJ “Thierry Jean”, "pétanque" and French wines Guests are encouraged to wear their best “tricolor” outfits and dance the night away. Table service starts at $150 for up to 6ppl. For more information please visit www.frenchtuesdays.com. Riviera 31 Lounge Bar, Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 8555 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310-228-2173.
 

CHEF SHUFFLE

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CLOSINGS

Trois Familia, the casually funky Silver Lake restaurant from Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Ludo Lefebvre, has closed. Trois Familia, 3510 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
 
Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica has closed. Wilshire Restaurant, 2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, no phone.
 
Silver Lake’s self-proclaimed “New Age burger stand,” Haché LA, has shuttered. Haché LA, 3319 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
 
K-town craft beer favorite Beer Belly will close its doors at the end of July. The Long Beach location remains open. Beer Belly, 532 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020, 213-387-2337.
 
In Atwater Village, Matthew Kaner’s elegant and well-curated wine bar-restaurant Good Measure has sadly closed. Good Measure, 3224 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, no phone.
 

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