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Restaurants, Squid Ink Two More Restaurants Coming to Sherman Oaks' Restaurant Row

Two More Restaurants Coming to Sherman Oaks' Restaurant Row

Fed up with the rowdy sports bar scene, owner Richard DiSisto (Tipple & Brine, Tunnel Bar, Lucy’s 51) closed Mad Bull's Tavern a few months ago to make way for his latest concept: Murph's Service Station. "That bull was on steroids," he says, now looking to attract a very different crowd into Murph's,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Sunset Marquis' New Restaurant Cavatina to Open in January

Sunset Marquis' New Restaurant Cavatina to Open in January

Cavatina, opening in early January inside the Sunset Marquis hotel, is Mediterranean with a twist. James Beard Award winner Michael Schlow's first West Coast venture is a tad nostalgic. Snacks include homemade potato chips with chile-green onion dip and jalapeno tater tots. Best known for his five restaurants in Boston,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink November Roundup of Restaurant Openings and Closings

November Roundup of Restaurant Openings and Closings

Your New Year's resolutions are about a month away, so you might as well live it up, right? To help you with that is Bo Nuage, a pastry shop on Melrose specializing in French nuage (cloud) cakes, opening in mid-December. Pascal and Audrey Achcar whip up desserts that hold their...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Q Now Open, Serving Omakase in Downtown L.A.

Q Now Open, Serving Omakase in Downtown L.A.

Following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, chef Hiroyuki Naruke could no longer operate his six-seat sushi bar in Roppongi, Tokyo. Fortunately, three attorneys from the Quinn Emanuel law firm, particularly Ryan Goldstein, a partner at its Tokyo office, couldn't live without Hiro's sushi. You now can find Hiro at...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink October Roundup of Restaurant Openings and Closings

October Roundup of Restaurant Openings and Closings

So far this fall we've seen new restaurants emerge and some of our favorites suddenly shutter (RIP the Parish). Westwood Brewing Company, which closed this summer, will be replaced by the Boiling Crab, but we won't know any information about its opening until 2014, according to an employee at its...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink September Restaurant Roundup: Ludo's Fried Chicken, Mas Tacos + Mystery Omakase

September Restaurant Roundup: Ludo's Fried Chicken, Mas Tacos + Mystery Omakase

We've cooed over cronuts, farm-to-table fare and inventive cocktails. Now we're back to L.A.'s most iconic food: tacos, fancy and otherwise. Chef Ricardo Diaz recently opened Colonia Taco Lounge in La Puente. Crunch into guisados-style tacos, sip craft beer and enjoy free parking. There are about a dozen taco mainstays...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade: A Photo Recap of the 2013 Event

L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade: A Photo Recap of the 2013 Event

Anyone who's been to high-profile food festivals in L.A. knows what to expect: hot sun, parking jams, long lines, celeb chefs, actors and affluent women in floppy hats. There was plenty of that at this year's L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade (cast of Criminal Minds and Parenthood, Jimmy Kimmel, Scott Wolf,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink La Dolce Vita in Beverly Hills Reopens With New Look, Revamped Menu

La Dolce Vita in Beverly Hills Reopens With New Look, Revamped Menu

After closing for a brief period (one week), La Dolce Vita reopens tomorrow with new menu items, cocktails and updated decor. Restaurant additions include a white crown-molded ceiling, wine-cellar walls and lavish, spacious, one-stall bathrooms. Regulars -- there are plenty of silver-topped diners who have undergone a few renovations themselves...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Jewish Holiday Cooking Advice From Shiksa in the Kitchen + A Chicken Recipe

Jewish Holiday Cooking Advice From Shiksa in the Kitchen + A Chicken Recipe

The Jewish holidays -- well, any holiday really -- require heavy-duty planning, cooking, coordinating and grocery shopping. To ease some Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur (the holiday where Jews starve all day and binge all night) stress, we turn to Tori Avey, also known as the Shiksa in the Kitchen,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Summer Roundup of Restaurant Openings & Closings

Summer Roundup of Restaurant Openings & Closings

With summer wrapping up, there's a new set of restaurants, food festivals and roasts to visit. But let's not forget the recently departed: Asuka in Westwood shuttered, Spumoni Italian Cafe & Pizzeria in Brentwood is done, BLT Steak in Weho closed, Jack n' Jill's in Beverly Hills is no more...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Bountiful Bakery to Open First Storefront in Glendale

Bountiful Bakery to Open First Storefront in Glendale

After losing her design job in 2008, Denise Assad launched Bountiful, a private baking company founded on her grandmother's recipes and unemployment checks to purchase ingredients. Her business went from selling pastries to parents at her son's preschool to selling goods at farmers markets (Pacific Palisades, Brentwood and La Canada)...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Lola's in West Hollywood Closing After 17 Years

Lola's in West Hollywood Closing After 17 Years

Loren Dunsworth, owner of Lola's in West Hollywood, is closing her restaurant-bar after 17 years in business, on Sept. 8. "I'm retiring with all my chips (and more) and at the top of my game," Dunsworth says. "What better time to take a bow and leave the stage but after...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink June Roundup of Restaurant Openings and Closings

June Roundup of Restaurant Openings and Closings

It's 90°. The whir of air-conditioning units echoes through the streets. The sweet allure of ice cream beckons. Here to help is Quenelle, opening soon in Burbank with gelato, ice cream sandwiches, bonbons and more. Also opening is Little Beast in Eagle Rock, from husband-and-wife duo Deborah Schwartz and Sean...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Now Open: Girasol in Studio City

Now Open: Girasol in Studio City

Girasol, a new 120-seat restaurant in Studio City from Top Chef alum C.J. Jacobson, opens today. Jacobson, who recently returned from an apprenticeship at Noma in Copenhagen, got involved with Girasol because he felt it was a unique addition to the neighborhood. "I get to showcase my take on California...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Opening Soon: Del Frisco's Grille in Santa Monica + They're Hiring

Opening Soon: Del Frisco's Grille in Santa Monica + They're Hiring

The first location of Del Frisco's Grille in California (this makes seven nation-wide), opens in mid-July. The "new American" bistro, at the corner of Ocean Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, overlooks the Santa Monica Pier. "We knocked down all the walls so the space is wide open and bright with sweeping...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Waffle Chix in Westwood Village Closes: Replaced by ShopHouse + Food Truck Coming Soon

Waffle Chix in Westwood Village Closes: Replaced by ShopHouse + Food Truck Coming Soon

Since May 20th, Bruins have had to search elsewhere for deep-fried chicken and waffles. Family-owned Southern diner Waffle Chix, which opened in 2011 in Westwood Village, adjacent to Five Guys and Le Pain Quotidien, posted signage telling fans, "We are expanding our footprint around Los Angeles. Get ready for new...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink May Roundup of Restaurant Openings and Closings

May Roundup of Restaurant Openings and Closings

Big-name chefs are doing big things this summer. Opening June 4 is L.A.'s newest clam "shack" Connie & Ted's. Chef-owner Michael Cimarusti's (Providence) friends and family previewed the goods last week; the rest of us are soon to follow. Possibly the most notable recent opening is Petty Cash Taqueria, a...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Vintage Bouquet Food and Wine Extravaganza: What You Missed (Maybe) at Greystone Mansion

Vintage Bouquet Food and Wine Extravaganza: What You Missed (Maybe) at Greystone Mansion

Bringing attorneys and chefs together (and not because of a lawsuit), the Vintage Bouquet Food and Wine Extravaganza had its 25th run at Greystone Mansion on Sunday, April 28. The sun beat down on, among other things, hors d'oeuvres from L.A.-area restaurants including Lexington Social House, Lazy Ox Canteen, Palomino,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Now Open: SugarFish in Beverly Hills + Bar Nozawa Coming Soon

Now Open: SugarFish in Beverly Hills + Bar Nozawa Coming Soon

Adding a sixth location to the growing sushi empire, SugarFish has expanded to Beverly Hills. And, why not? We're pretty sure there are still a few tuna and yellowtail swimming around in the ocean. Also opening in about two weeks is Bar Nozawa, a private dining room tucked into the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink March Roundup of Restaurant Openings and Closings

March Roundup of Restaurant Openings and Closings

Something about springtime makes Angelenos long for a healthier lifestyle. Perhaps the constant Victoria's Secret commercials, or research claiming junk food will kill a man's sperm. Whatever it is, more juice bars and macrobiotic foods have arrived, namely at new restaurants including Shojin, M.A.K.E. Out, LYFE and others. While some...…
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