Springtime is upon us -- you can tell by the pastel-colored clothing and cocktails around town. Hopeful newbies and restaurant industry pros to look out for this season include Japanese ramen noodle shop owner/comedian Menji Miyata, bibimbap peddler/Bibigo project manager Matthew Kim, mixologist Salvatore Calabrese and burger connoisseur Adam Fleischman, to name a few.
A 1920s-themed "gastropub," The Charleston, recently took over the shuttered Angels space on Wilshire Boulevard. There you'll find toasted mac 'n' cheese, short-rib tacos (small but highly recommended), marinated olives, bacon-wrapped dates, pulled pork sliders and cocktails served in spiffy glasses (try the Minted Mule). We visited the intimate bar on opening weekend (Saturday night) to find a packed house. In more opening news, Los Angeles Brewing Company opened with 100 beers on tap and Tortilla Republic debuted with a list of 50 tequilas (yes, they have their own wall).
Read on for a March list of notable openings and closings:
Beachwood Cafe: 2695 N. Beachwood Drive, L.A.; (323) 871-1717.
Bibigo: 225 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills.
Black Hogg: 2852 W Sunset Blvd., L.A.; (323) 953-2820.
Blossom: 4019 W Sunset Blvd., L.A.; (323) 953-8345.
Boardwalk: 6683 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; (323) 466-9255.
Casa Ado: 12 Washington Ave., Marina Del Rey.
The Charleston: 2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 828-2115.
Delfini Città: 8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; (310) 659-9555.
Five Guys: 1061 Broxton Ave., Westwood.
How Do You Roll?: 4730 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey; (310) 822-6869.
Los Angeles Brewing Company: 750 S Broadway, L.A.; (213) 622-0500.
Marcona: 7368 Melrose Ave., L.A.; (323) 951-5252.
Miyata Menji: 2500 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A.
Pitfire Pizza: 801 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A.
Planet Dailies and Mixology101: 6333 W. Third St., L.A.
Primo Passo Coffee Co.: 702 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 451-5900.
Tossed: 700 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; (213) 612-4322.
Tortilla Republic: 616 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-657-9888.
Umamicatessen: 852 S. Broadway, L.A.; (213) 413-8626.
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Aunt Kizzy's: 523 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey.
Lou: 724 N. Vine Ave., L.A.; (323) 962-6369. (closing soon)
Palate Food + Wine: 933 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale; (818) 662-9463.
The Tar Pit: 609 N. La Brea Ave., L.A.