The elderly browse the obits for long-lost friends; foodists check the blogs for restaurant passings. This week, sushi fiends flooded a Studio City strip mall for Nozawa's last days. After only two years, Elements Kitchen in Pasadena bid its patrons farewell. "Thank you all for the wonderful memories and support ... It's been such a great ride and I'm grateful to all of you!" wrote owner Onil Chibas on the restaurant's Facebook page.
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar in Santa Monica has poured its last glass. "Dear Friends and Family, Thank you for the well wishes after we announced our closing. It was a wonderful 3 years, and we made many friends along the way. This may be 'Goodbye' for now, but it is not the end of Pourtal," wrote owner Stephen Abronson.
Not all is grim. Three-part cafeteria-style dining concept UMAMIcatessen soft-opens March 3. Inside the space, the Back Bar, headed by Adrian Biggs (La Descarga, Harvard & Stone), houses 30 bottles of wine priced at $28, craft beers and specialty cocktails. Wines on reserve will rotate.
In other opening news, Skylight Gardens, Lucia's Cafe and 800 Degrees opened in Westwood. Celestino Drago is taking control of Il Sole on West Sunset Boulevard. Restaurant chain Seasons 52 plans to take over the former Houston's space in the Westfield Century City mall.
Angela's Coffee: 8539 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 779-7444.
Abricott: 238 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena; (626) 796-1613.
Kitchen 24: 8575 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.
Abigaile: 1301 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach.
BierBeisl: 9669 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 271-7274.
Lucia's: 10974 Le Conte Ave., Westwood; (310) 474-1300.
Luigi Osteria: 8048 W. Third St., L.A.
Mexicali Taco & Co.: 702 N. Figueroa St., downtown; (213) 613-0416.
Musha: 58 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (opened January).
Plan Check: 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A.
Sangak Bakery & Cafe: 8702 Pico Blvd., L.A.
Skylight Gardens: 1139 Glendon Ave., Westwood.
3rd Street Station: 8486 W. Third St., L.A.; (323) 782-8466.
Vien Cafe: 6118 W. Pico Blvd., L.A.; (323) 651-2888.
Cobras & Matadors: 7615 Beverly Blvd., L.A.
Gonpachi: 134 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills; (310) 659-8887.
Gr/eats: 2050 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A.
Elements Kitchen: 37 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena; (626) 440-0044.
Broadway Ale House: 129 Broadway, Santa Monica.
Beachy Cream: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica.
Pinot Bistro: 12969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.
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