As heavily blogged about spots boasting big name chefs (Test Kitchen) emerge on the scene, along with new restaurants atop luxury shopping centers (Santa Monica Place), we're also tracking the lesser-known eateries occupying and departing strip malls around town. While some spaces remain vacant, such as the former Koo Koo Roo spot on the corner of Santa Monica and Sepulveda Boulevards (since May), others have been rented. Pa2gh (pronounced patogh, which in Farsi means a place people gather and meet regularly) opened August 29, where Ohaam Grill once resided. In more strip-mall news, long-time Japanese restaurant Asakuma filed bankruptcy and received an eviction notice this month. Turn the page for more openings and closures.
AUGUST 2010 OPENINGS
Chick-fil-A: 3758 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles; (213) 747-8721.
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop: 1888 Century Park E. Los Angeles; (424) 239-8700.
Intelligentsia: 55 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; (626) 578-1270.
La Sandia Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica; (310) 393-3300.
Lemonade: 3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles; (213) 740-6285.
Naresh's: 2420 Main St., Santa Monica.
Ozumo: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica.
Pa2gh: 11033 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles; (310) 444-0088.
Pizza Antica: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica; (310) 394-4080.
Salt's Cure: 7494 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; (323) 850-7258.
Savory: 29169 Heathercliff Road, Malibu; (310) 589-8997.
Sonoma Wine Garden: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica; (424) 214-4560.
Test Kitchen: 9575 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles; (310) 277-0133,
Wally's Cheese Box: 2107 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 475-0606.
Xino: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica; (310) 755-6220.
Zengo: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica; (310) 899-1000.
AUGUST 2010 CLOSURES
Asakuma: 11701 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
Caché Restaurant: 3110 Main Street, Santa Monica; (310) 399-4800.
The Dip: 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.
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Gourmandise: 156 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills.
Kiss My Bundt: 8104 West 3rd St., Los Angeles; (323) 655-0559.
Les Deux: 1638 North Las Palmas Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 462-7674.
Meet Market: 3206 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 667-0116.