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March 2019 Archive

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LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT NEWS - MARCH 2019 Archive


OPENINGS

Chef Dave Beran (Dialogue) will open a new restaurant, Pasjoli, this summer on Main Street in Santa Monica. Look for a luxe “fun and playful homage to classic French cuisine” in a restaurant that Beran says he’s been dreaming about for years. Pasjoli, 2732 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
 
The new community-centered Thai Town Marketplace will debut in May on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue at the Metro Red Line stop. The food hall will feature a dozen food stalls serving up meals and snacks, as well as a variety of other vendors. Thai Town Marketplace, 5448 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-468-2555.
 
Chef Vito Iacopelli has transformed his former (now closed) WeHo restaurant Prova Pizzeria into a new Melrose joint, Provami. Look for wood-fired Neapolitan pies as well as pizza alla pala (an oval flatbread-like pizza on a paddle), salads and gelato. Also check out the chef’s pizza making techniques on his entertaining and informative YouTube channel. Dinner nightly. Provami, 7407 W. Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-424-3399.
 
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne will oversee food and beverage at the Downtown LA Proper Hotel Chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne (Lucques, a.o.c., Tavern) will oversee the food and beverage program at the Downtown LA Proper Hotel, scheduled to open in Summer 2019. Landmark Restaurant & Bar is described as a “European-inspired ode to historic Los Angeles.” Other dining options will include a rooftop restaurant and bar and a library lounge. Landmark Restaurant & Bar, 1100 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
 
Chef Thomas Ortega has opened Amorcito, a fast-casual concept in The Hangar food hall in Long Beach. (He’s also behind Amor Y Tacos and Playa Amor, one of GAYOT’s Best Mexican Restaurants in the Los Angeles Area.) On the menu are tacos, burritos, a New Mexico Hatch chile cheeseburger and more. Amorcito, The Hangar, 4150 McGowen St., Long Beach, CA 90808, no phone.
 
Mar Vista welcomes Rasselbock Kitchen & Beer Garden, a new restaurant from Wirtshaus partners Bjoern Risse and Bülent Yildirim, who debuted their first Rasselbock in Long Beach three years ago. The new 2,000 square foot Mar Vista location includes an outdoor biergarten, as well as a full bar that offers an in-depth selection of German and Belgian beers (12 on tap.) Expect authentic German dishes with some modern twists, ranging from gourmet sausages with elk, wild boar and duck to goulash, schnitzel, burgers and salads. Rasselbock Kitchen & Beer Garden, 3817 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-439-2938.
 
Chefs Josiah Citrin (Mélisse) and Hans Röckenwagner (Röckenwagner Bakery) teamed up to revive Frank Sinatra’s iconic Culver City hangout Dear John’s. (It was briefly renamed Lucky’s by a new owner last year.) The nostalgic vintage steakhouse setting remains, and the two chefs updated classic dishes including avocado crab Louie, oysters Rockefeller, a 20 oz. rib-eye, Prime NY Strip, Dover sole and lobster Thermidor. Dear John's, 11208 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230, no phone.
 
In Hollywood, Sorra has opened on the rooftop of Residences at Columbia Square in the former Filifera space, helmed by chef Chris Ono. Look for loungy patio dining chairs and white umbrellas; great views of the Hollywood Hills; a casual, contemporary Japanese-Mexican menu; and a prominent cocktail list. Later this summer, expect a ground floor restaurant from the building’s Culinary Lab group (Hinoki & the Bird, Rosaliné, Lost Property) and chef Brandon Kida (Hinoki & the Bird). Dinner nightly. Sorra, Residences at Columbia Square, 1550 N. El Centro Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-978-7377.
 
Chef Eric Bost is striking out on his own with auburn. Chef Eric Bost, who was most recently executive chef at République, is striking out on his own with auburn. Diners choose between menus of four, six or nine courses, featuring dishes such as Sonoma duck with sprouted rye, black garlic, cicoria rossa and amaranth. auburn, 6703 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-486-6703.
 
Chef Jason Kim (Forage) has flipped his Silver Lake restaurant Wolfdown into the more approachable Small Town without much ado. Look for a California menu that includes sea bass with green garlic aïoli, forbidden coconut rice with sweet potato, and brunch items like scrambled eggs with trout roe and, yup, avocado toast. Explore a chic boutique wine list with biodynamic choices, and craft beers, especially at the 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour. Small Town, 2764 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-522-6381.
 
Baroo was much beloved in its three-year Hollywood run that ended last year, and chef/owner Kwang Uh, with partner Mina Park, will open baroo 2.0 later in 2019. Meanwhile, they have opened Baroo Canteen, a tiny kitchen in East Hollywood at the Union Swap Meet, to “experiment and prepare” for the next baroo iteration. Don’t miss the “Brother of Karma” sandwich, or the “Jangtatouille” bowl of ratatouille. Baroo Canteen, Union Swap Meet, 4632 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-680-0852.
 
Chef/restaurateur Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza) will open a new Italian steakhouse in The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel next year named The Barish. It will reanimate the former Public Kitchen & Bar space after renovations that will include a large wood-fired grill in the dining room. Look for high-end steaks and meats alongside a menu of unique baked pastas, and a sophisticated Italian wine list. The Barish, The Hollywood Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
 
Sqirl chef/owner Jessica Koslow will open her much-anticipated “sqirl on the quick” sister store, Sqirl Away, in East Hollywood this fall. Look for it tucked into Vermont Avenue across from LA City College. She calls it a first cousin to Sqirl, which will offer grab and go items and likely signature dishes such as her curried beef cheek, savory rice porridges, rice bowls, and those culty brioche toasts with jam or ricotta. Sqirl Away, 902 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029, no phone.
 

NEWS BYTES

Chateau Hanare will feature a special kaiseki menu in honor of cherry blossom season Springtime Kaiseki Menu at Chateau Hanare
Chateau Hanare, the Japanese restaurant at Chateau Marmont, will feature a special kaiseki menu in honor of cherry blossom season. Available until the end of Spring, the Sakura Kaiseki from chef de cuisine Eijiro Nagano offers such dishes as lobster and avocado salad with caviar; Miyazaki A5 Wagyu with Santa Barbara uni; and an assortment of Kyoto-style sushi seasoned with truffle soy. The pricing is $150 per guest, plus $90 for sake pairings. Chateau Hanare, Château Marmont, 8097 Selma Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-963-5269.
 

CHEF SHUFFLE

Former Manresa chef de cuisine Jessica Largey has left Simone five months after helming its development and opening; chef Jason Beberman will take the reins and revamp the menus. Simone, 449 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 424-433-3000.
 

CLOSINGS

Red Herring in Eagle Rock is temporarily closed while the restaurant prepares to open a second location in downtown LA. Red Herring, 1661 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041, no phone.
 
Mediterraneo at Westlake Village Inn is temporarily closed through April 2019 for a redesign. Mediterraneo, Westlake Village Inn, 32037 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village, CA 91361, 818-889-9105.
 
In East Hollywood, longtime favorite Indian vegetarian restaurant Paru’s has closed after 40 years as owner Kannan Natarajan is retiring from the business. Paru's Indian Vegetarian Restaurant, 5140 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, no phone.
 
Eastside Chego fans can no longer get their gourmet rice bowl fix in Chinatown. Chef/owner Roy Choi has announced that after six successful years in the Far East Plaza he has decided to move the popular fast-casual spot back to Palms this summer. Chego, Far East Plaza, 727 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
 
"Top Chef" alum Nyesha Arrington closed her Santa Monica restaurant Native after service on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Native, 620 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
 
Cafe Bizou will close its Sherman Oaks location March 31, 2019. Cafe Bizou, 14016 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818-788-3536.
 
After more than a decade in Beverly Hills, Wolfgang's Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener has closed. The restaurant is on the lookout for a new location. Wolfgang's Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, 445 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
 
The charming Melrose French steakhouse L’Assiette Steak Frites has shuttered. There’s no word yet on what may replace it. L'Assiette Steak Frites, 7166 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, no phone.
 
Mélisse has closed for renovations and reconcepting After nearly two decades of offering French-inspired fine dining in Santa Monica, chef Josiah Citrin's Mélisse has shuttered for renovations and reconcepting. The last night of service was March 2, 2019. Look for it to re-open later in the year. Mélisse, 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
 

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