Summer Roundup of Restaurant Openings & Closings
South End opening this month in Venice
Photo courtesy of South End
With summer wrapping up, there's a new set of restaurants, food festivals and roasts to visit. But let's not forget the recently departed: Asuka in Westwood shuttered, Spumoni Italian Cafe & Pizzeria in Brentwood is done, BLT Steak in Weho closed, Jack n' Jill's in Beverly Hills is no more and the historic Tom Bergin's on Fairfax Avenue served its last Guinness.
In opening news, 800 Degrees in Westwood opened a to-go outpost just around the corner from their original location on Lindbrook Avenue. Japanese fried chicken joint, Tokyo Fried Chicken Co., joined the Monterey Park community over Labor Day weekend. New to the Sunset Strip is State Social House from owner Robert Silverberg (Red Rock & Grill, Isla Cantina). You can expect leather-strapped bar stools, stuffy chairs and the same small run of patio overlooking the TMZ buses on Sunset Boulevard that Red Rock used to have.
Coming soon is South End from chef Frank Fermin (Osteria Mozza) and partner Mario Vollera (Piccolo Venice, Barbershop). The wine/pizza bar, nestled between Venice Beach and Marina Del Rey on the south end of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, opens Sept. 14. Specialties include pizza topped with homemade mozzarella, tomato sauce made from slow-roasted Roma tomatoes and other locally sourced foods. Also opening in September is Crème Caramel L.A. In addition to flans, bread puddings, custards and pies, there will be a savory menu with Spanish tortillas and pastries. Read on for a list of recent openings and closings:
Acabar: 1510 N. Stanley Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 876-1400.
Atwater Village Tavern: 3218 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 644-0605.
Casa Oaxaca: 9609 Venice Blvd., Culver City.
Chengdu Taste: 828 West Valley Blvd., Alhambra; (626) 588-2284.
Dr. J's Vibrant Cafe: 334 S. Main St., Los Angeles; (213) 537-0905.
Ebanos Crossing: 200 South Hill St., Los Angeles; (213) 935-8829.
EMC Seafood and Raw Bar: 3500 W 6th St., Ste 101, Koreatown; (213) 351-9988.
800 Degrees To Go: 1146 Westwood Boulevard, Westwood Village.
Fat Sal's Deli: 1300 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles; (855) 682-4373.
Flores: 2024 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles; (424) 273-6469.
Hooray Henry's: 8713 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 274-7500.
Horse Thief BBQ: 324 South Hill St., Downtown L.A.
Kettle Glazed Doughnuts: 6211 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 462-2344.
Lady M: 8718 W 3rd St., Los Angeles; (424) 279-9495.
Phorage: 3300 Overland Ave., Los Angeles.
Rice Thai Tapas: 181 E. Glenarm St., Pasadena; (626) 799-1105.
State Social House: 8788 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 657-8100.
Truxton's American Bistro: 1329 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 393-8789.
V Restaurant + Bar: 22821 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu; (310) 456-3828.
Valerie Echo Park: 1665 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles; (213) 250-9365.
33 Taps: 6263 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 962-1400.
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R.I.P Asuka in Westwood
Asuka: 1266 Westwood Blvd., Westwood Village; (310) 474-7412.
BLT Steak: 8720 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 360-1950.
Jack n' Jill's: 342 N Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 247-4500.
Lola's Restaurant & Bar: 945 N. Fairfax Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 654-5652.
9Olives Chaplin House: 8210 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; (323) 848-2100.
Noir Food and Wine: 40 N Mentor Ave., Pasadena; (626) 795-7199.
Norm's Restaurant: 1601 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 450-6889.
Spumoni Cafe: 11714 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood; (310) 207-6700.
Tom Bergin's Tavern: 840 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 936-7151.
Trader Joe's (grocery store closure): 7304 Santa Monica Blvd.,
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