A Roundup of 2010 Restaurant Openings and Closures
Since our Restaurant Roll Call in January, there have been several food truck launches and restaurant openings. Unfortunately, some eateries didn't make it long past the New Year. As we welcome the newbies, we also bid farewell to those who simply couldn't keep afloat (and in one case was shut down for illegal whale dealing). It's a mixed bag, but we'll still toast to that. Find a complete list of openings and closures after the jump.
RESTAURANTS THAT OPENED IN 2010
Ajisen Ramen, a Japanese-based ramen chain, opened in the food court of Century City's Westfield mall in January. Westfield Century City Shopping Center, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd.; (310) 556-1188.
Bar210, Beverly Hills newest night club, located inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel, opened mid February, with Top Chef alum and former sous chef at The Bazaar by José Andrés, Marcel Vigneron as executive chef. 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; (310) 887-6060.
After six years of serving coffee from a tent at the Hollywood and Silver Lake farmers markets, coffee roaster Cafecito Organico has a permanent address in Silver Lake. In the 600-square-foot space, which opened early last month on North Hoover Street, owner Angel Orozco and his business partner Mitch Halewill continue to offer locally roasted beans and individually brewed organic coffees from Peru, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. 534 North Hoover St., Silver Lake; (323) 666-1950.
Cookie Munch, an ice cream/hot dog shop opened on Ventura Blvd., in Tarzana, on February 6 and continues to dole out Diddy Riese-style ice cream sandwiches and desserts. 18641 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana; (818) 457- 4493.
Elements Kitchen (not to be confused with the chef/owner Onil Chibás' very popular café on the corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Dayton Street in Pasadena) opened in Pasadena in January. 37 S. El Molino St., Pasadena; (626) 440-0044.
Hatfield's opened with high anticipation February 1st. The Melrose Avenue spot was previously Red Pearl Kitchen... and before that Meson G, and before that, Michel Richard's Citrus. 6703 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 935-2977.
Kerry Simon, owner of Simon LA, opened LA Market February 15th at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. The moderately priced restaurant serves American cuisine including burgers, salads and pastas. Website is still underway. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles; (213) 765-8930.
La Vida Restaurant and Lounge opened in February, replacing Pinot Hollywood and eat. on sunset. 1448 Gower St., Hollywood; (323) 962-0880.
Lotería Grill opened its third location in Studio City on February 19th, with a liquor license then pending. Now the newest location offers the same cocktail menu as its Hollywood location, with a generous selection of tequilas. 12050 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 508-5300.
Sandwiched between M Café de Chaya and the original Tender Greens in Culver City, Lunch, which opened in February serves custom sandwiches and salads all day. The restaurant has added live music as well as beer-and-sandwich pairings. Next door, Libra, a Brazilian/Korean hybrid opened on Main Street. 3829 Main St., Culver City, 90232. (310) 837-6200. Libra: 3833 Main St., Culver City, 90232.
Mac & Cheeza opened in downtown LA early February serving many variations on the classic comfort food, sized at Baby Mac, Mama Mac, Daddy Mac, and Mac Daddy. 223 West 8th Street, Los Angeles; (213) 622-3782.
Mission 261 Cantonese restaurant in San Gabriel re-opened on March 16th, after a year of re-development talks and disputes. 261 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel; 626-588-1666.
San-Francisco-based salad joint Mixt Greens opened on Miracle Mile February 25. The family-owned chain is spreading the word on healthful eating, and plans hopes to continue opening eateries throughout Los Angeles. 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
Husband-and-wife duo Regine and Chris Patterson opened Jamaican-American fusion truck, Reggae Chicken, in mid-January. (Twitter: @reggaejerkchick)
Spumoni Italian Cafe & Pizzeria opened February 15th, located next door to Osteria Latini on San Vicente Boulevard. To set Spumoni apart from the numerous Italian restaurants within a 5-block radius, the restaurant offers a full-page list of gnocchi dishes, labeled "gnocchi bar" on the menu, (ranging from $12.95-$16.95). 1714 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles.
Tender Greens opened shop in Hollywood last month, marking the organic salad-packed restaurants' fourth location. 6290A West Sunset Blvd, Hollywood; (323) 382-0380.
The Dim Sum Truck (Twitter: @dimsumtruck) opened in February. The menu features array of classic dim sum and a few fusion dishes, all of which sell for under $4.
The Surly Goat opened in West Hollywood in mid-February, offering 26 beers on tap. 7929 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; (323) 650-4628.
And for those that closed...
RESTAURANTS THAT CLOSED IN 2010
Brix @ 1601 folded in January. The Hermosa Beach restaurant closed down for various reasons, said owner Gene Shook.
Along with the Hollywood nightclub Social it's located within, Citrus, a California-French restaurant, closed in mid-January.
Del's Saloon, a 35 year-old bar on Santa Monica Blvd., served its last brews January 25th.
Abbot Kinney's Equator Books, once LA's Blue Bottle Coffee source, brewed its last coffee on February 9th. But luckily, Forage restaurant (which opened in February) in Silver Lake serves the NorCal-roasted beans, so although you can no longer get a cup of Bella Donavan to sip as you stroll down the boardwalk, at least you don't have to drive 370 miles to get it.
After 12 years in business, Santa Monica-based restaurant The Hump closed last month, after admitting to illegally serving whale sashimi to customers. Upon closing, the owner of the Hump released a statement noting that he plans to help save endangered species.
Though Ti Georges' Hatian Chicken closed in February due to an electrical fire and has yet to re-open, owner George Laguerre (who was alerted about the fire via Twitter) said, "I'm gonna reopen. This is a temporary setback."
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