, which already has so many locations around greater L.A. we've stopped counting, announced it will open two more locations: Hermosa Beach and Laguna Beach. Located within a block of the pier, the Hermosa Beach location will open by the end of 2011. The Laguna Beach location, which will feature a nautical theme and serve hard liquor in addition to Umami's usual beer and wine service, should open early next year.
In the meantime, Umami founder Adam Fleischman's big project is UMAMIcatessen in downtown L.A. The massive space at the base of the Orpheum Lofts near 9th and Broadway will feature five kitchens including Pigg from San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino (Incanto, Boccalone).
Umami Burger: 1040 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach.
Umami Burger: 610 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.