While vegan/raw food restaurants are popping up around LA, a large casual dining chain files bankruptcy--closing 10 of its local restaurants. And as downtown gained a new, glitzy eatery, First & Hope--and Rick Bayless' highly-anticipated Red O opened last night in West Hollywood--41-year-old Anna's Italian Restaurant closed. Turn the page for our monthly round-up of May (and a few April) openings and closures.
MAY 2010 OPENINGS
Café Habana: 3939 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu; (310) 317-0300.
Earl's Gourmet Grub: 12226 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista; (310) 313-1717.
Mooi Vegan Food: 1700 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; (213) 413-1100.
Nice Cream Vegan Ice Cream: 3701 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City; (818) 308-6758.
First & Hope: 710 W. 1st St., Los Angeles; (213) 617-8555 (opened late April).
Red O: 8155 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 655-5009.
Sweet Rose Creamery: 225 26th St., Suite 51, Santa Monica; (310) 260-CONE (in the Brentwood Country Mart).
Tony's Darts Away: 1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank; (818) 253-1710.
Waterloo & City: 12517 Washington Blvd., Culver City; (310) 391-4222.
Xai Verandah Lounge: 7677 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 969-0090 (Opened April).
MAY 2010 CLOSURES
A Thousand Cranes: Kyoto Hotel and Gardens (formerly New Otani Hotel)
Anna's Italian Restaurant: 10929 West Pico Boulevard, West L.A., (310) 474-0102.
Kay 'n Dave's Cantina (West LA location): 10543 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.
Lety's Bakery: 2957 S Sepulveda Blvd and National Blvd., Los Angeles.
Sona: 401 N. La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood; (310) 659-7708.