With June gloom finally behind us, we begin to kvetch about the heat. Those living in the Valley with no A/C will soon be fleeing to the nearest restaurant, bar, and grocery market ice box. With the emergence of Black Market Liquor Bar in Studio City, there will be one more place of escape for the 100+-degree crowd. For beach-goers it's swimsuit season, which means more salad and diet food. Enter California Monster Salads, offering yet another bowl of greens in Santa Monica. Think kale lemonade and home-grown veggies. If you're craving something a bit heartier, head over to Picca in West L.A.
On the restaurant-bar front, 140 beers on tap are coming soon to SmithHouse Tap and Grill in Century City, on Santa Monica Boulevard. The black walls barricading its perimeter are slowly coming down, and, after months of planning, SmithHouse will open in early August. Five tables will have a system to pour your own beer, and Jason Bran from Roger Room will compile the cocktail list. Angelo Sosa of Top Chef is putting together the menu. And if you're traveling south, Katsuya in Laguna Beach opens July 8th.
Turn the page for a June list of openings and closures:
Beachwood BBQ and Brewing: 210 E. 3rd St., Long Beach.
Black Market Liquor Bar: 11915 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 446-2533.
California Monster Salads: 411 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 587-2523.
Escuela: 308 N. Stanley Ave., L.A.; (323) 939-8226.
Fundamental LA: 1303 Westwood Blvd., Westwood; (310) 444-7581.
Homeboy Diner: 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles.
Joe's Pizza: 6504 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; (323) 467-9500.
Picca: 9575 W. Pico. Blvd. L.A.; (310) 277-0133.
Red Rooster Bakery: 1013 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 399-1033.
Ten Pound at The Montage: 225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 860-7800.
3Twenty Wine Lounge: 320 S. La Brea Ave., LA. (323) 932-9500.
The Charcoal Grill: 108 W. 2nd, L.A.
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