Attaining overnight success in the restaurant business is largely an urban myth (unless you're backed by a corporate restaurant group with tons of money to spend on marketing). Even a few empty seats in your new eatery can make you sweat. While we're waiting for Sqirl to open in Silver Lake and Maison Giraud to open in Pacific Palisades, here are a few more October 2011 restaurant openings and closures.
went under in 2010 is still alive and kicking, and owner Antonio Medina (former executive chef for Wolfgang Puck at the Pacific Design Center) opened Gastronomico — a sit-down cafe on Hillhurst Avenue — in early October.
Popular Orange County brewpub Haven Gastropub + Brewery is set to open a 7,500-square-foot space in Pasadena in mid-November.
In Westwood, Greek fast-casual restaurant Damon & Pythias closed, joining a slew of similar eateries that have tanked in that neighborhood. Also in Westwood, Skylight Gardens, which posted signage several months ago in the former Gardens on Glendon space, still shows no signs of life.
Chi Dynasty (at The Americana at Brand): 889 Americana Way, Glendale; (818) 500-9888 (opens November 3rd)
The Churchill: 8384 W. 3rd St., L.A.
Fukuburger LA: 1634 Cahuenga; Hollywood; (323) 464-3858.
Hollywood Magic Bar: 6801 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.
Lette Macarons: 122 N Larchmont Blvd., L.A.; (323) 469-3620.
Maximiliano's: 5930 York Blvd., Highland Park.
Mendocino Farms: 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; (323) 512-2700.
Mercado di Vetro: 9077 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 859-8369.
Naya: 3705 Sunset; Silver Lake; (323) 663-8268.
No Tomatoes!: 8516 W 3rd St., l.A.; (310)289-1133.
Oldfield's Liquor Room: 10899 Venice Blvd., L.A.
The Pie Hole: 714 Traction Ave., L.A.; (213) 537-0115.
Take a Bao: 11838 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air: 701 Stone Canyon Road, L.A.; (310) 909-1644.
Casa Cocina y Cantina: 350 S. Grand Ave., L.A.
Damon & Pythias: 1061 Broxton Ave., L.A.
Domenico Ristorante: 1637 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A.
Houston's: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; (310) 557-1285.
Market Gourmet: 1800 Abbot Kinney Blvd Suite A, Venice; (310) 305-9800.
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Nature Mart Bulk Bin: 2074 Hillhurst Ave., L.A. (closing November 1)
Nibble Bit Tabby Brewery: 2001 S. Santa Fe Ave., L.A.
Celia Soudry can be found on Twitter @Glutton_In_LA