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LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT NEWS - NOVEMBER 2019 Archive


OPENINGS

Chef-owner Sang Yoon’s third outpost of Father’s Office is open in its new Arts District location in The Garey Building. Building on the success of his Culver City and Santa Monica locations, this DTLA restaurant is the largest yet, and is designed by Ana Henton. Look for the culty signature “The Office Burger” as well as other gastropub fare like duck confit salad, spicy stout ribs and roasted bone marrow, alongside a standout selection of beers. Father's Office, 905 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 310-736-2224.
 
At 2nd & PCH in Long Beach, chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken’s fast-casual Pacha Mamas is a Peruvian-inspired spot serving fresh ceviches, pokes, paellas, and seared skewers a la plancha. The food incorporates locally grown and organic produce, sustainable seafood, and meats and poultry without antibiotics or hormones. House-made lemonades are available. Expect outdoor seating with heat lamps, music and a fountain. The duo also launched Border BBQ at the same complex. Look for bowls, wraps and salads made with a choice of smoked Texas-style brisket, mesquite smoked chicken, pulled pork or smoked tofu. The produce is local, rice and beans are organic, and the meats have no antibiotics or hormones. House-made lemonades are offered here, too.
 
Top Chef Season 3 winner Hung Huynh (Per Se and Catch in NYC) has opened Warrior Top Chef Season 3 winner Hung Huynh (Per Se and Catch in NYC) has opened Warrior in West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip, in the former Pearl’s Rooftop location. The chic, Asian-styled lounge features Chinese antiques, velvet and marble accents, and impressive rooftop views. Sweet & Chili creates a classic craft cocktail list, and look for an upscale Asian lounge menu from Huynh. Warrior, 8909 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-999-0403.
 
The Mayfair Hotel has opened its new signature restaurant, LOCALA, with executive chef Karo Patpatyan (Spago) at the helm. His California-inspired menu includes Spanish octopus aguachile with yuzu broth and sumac; grilled rib-eye with Argentinean chimichurri; Carpentaria prawns with white corn salad and salsa macha; and oxtail tostadas with cilantro salsa verde. Brunch dishes range from smoked salmon latkes to red velvet waffles and shakshuka. Look for beer, wine and handcrafted signature cocktails. LOCALA, The Mayfair Hotel, 1256 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-632-1200 .
 
Fresh on Sunset is the first U.S. location for the chic Canadian plant-based restaurant, as founder Ruth Tal partners with former “Top Chef Canada” judge Shereen Arazm (Terroni). The modern, completely plant-based menu features poutine with mushroom gravy, Jerusalem-style fresh hummus with sumac, a house-made chipotle grain burger, smashed avocado toast, charred greens and feta flatbread, tofu scrambles and a plethora of fancy salads, wraps and bowls. Look for a long list of smoothies, power shakes, cold pressed juices, kombucha cocktails, coffees and botanical lattes; alluring artisanal cocktails include “Smoke & Mirrors” with Yola mezcal, cachaça, fresh pineapple, lemon, coconut milk and Thai basil. Fresh on Sunset, 8768 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069, 310-432-5199.
 
Chefs Jessica Koslow (Sqirl) and Gabriela Cámara (Contramar) have opened their highly anticipated new collaborative restaurant Onda in the Santa Monica Proper Hotel. The sleek, contemporary Kelly Wearstler-designed space with angular white walls, mod wood furniture and natural light is open for dinner nightly, with breakfast and lunch service to follow. The chefs describe their concept as a “neighborhood restaurant in conversation between two sister cities, Los Angeles and Mexico City,” with a focus on fresh seafood and local seasonal produce. Dishes include a grilled nopales salad with Tokyo turnips, a smoked trout tostada, an “inside-out” turkey pastor quesadilla, charred octopus, grilled branzino, and passion fruit crumble with epazote and hazelnuts. Expect a sophisticated wine list and inventive craft cocktails to match. Onda, Santa Monica Proper Hotel, 700 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-620-9917.
 

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CLOSINGS

Church & State, one of DTLA’s most iconic restaurants, was sold by Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi last year to restaurateurs Bill Chait and Taylor Parsons. It closed for good on November 23, and will be replaced with a new unnamed project next year. Church & State, Biscuit Company Lofts, 1850 Industrial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
 

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