Plan Check, the newest entrant to Sawtelle's buzzing restaurant row, will open Feb. 22. The upper-midscale gastropubby restaurant features chef Ernesto Uchimura (Umami Burger) behind the stoves and mixologists Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix (La Descarga, Harvard & Stone, Black Market) behind the bar -- or at least the cocktail program.
Look for upscale versions of comfort food, such as gourmet burgers, fried chicken and pot roast.
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On the boozy side, the menu is heavy on craft beers and Japanese whiskeys as well as custom cocktails by Moix and Livigni. The duo have even attempted to rehab Midori, a melon liqueur that tastes like alcoholic gummy bears and is most notable as an LPR (liquid panty remover). If anyone can elevate the bright green liqueur above the realm of "quickest way to get sorority girls drunk," they can.
The name refers to the adjacent Building & Safety Department, where city bureaucrats accept (or reject) building permits. The look is a "polished industrial motif."