It's 90°. The whir of air-conditioning units echoes through the streets. The sweet allure of ice cream beckons. Here to help is Quenelle, opening soon in Burbank with gelato, ice cream sandwiches, bonbons and more.
Also opening is Little Beast in Eagle Rock, from husband-and-wife duo Deborah Schwartz and Sean Lowenthal, formerly sous chef at Chateau Marmont. Schwartz, who met her husband at the Silverlake Dog Park a few years ago (their two dogs were in the wedding), helped find and design the space. "We found the old craftsman house that used to be Larkin's -- it reminded us of our own home, and we spent about five months building it out to look and feel like our home," Schwartz says. "The name came after many lists, we settled on The Little Beast after my son, Miles."
Other recent openings include Scratch|Bar in Beverly Hills. Chef-owner Phillip Lee makes nearly everything from scratch (hence the name), including the bread, cheese and ginger beers. Russian restaurant Mari Vanna has replaced Bastide in West Hollywood. And Tyler King, owner of Coffee Commissary in West Hollywood, is working on a third location in Burbank.
Empress Pavilion locked its doors for the last time after operating in Chinatown for the past 24 years. Geisha House on Sunset Boulevard closed after nine years and West Hollywood's Mirabelle closed after 43 years in business.
Beijing Pavilion: 1390 Fullerton Road, Rowland Heights; (888) 553-1888.
Bunker Hill Bar & Grill: 601 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.
Carson House: 8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; (310) 289-2800.
Connie & Ted's: 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; (323) 460-4170.
Daw Yee Myanmar Cafe: 111 N. Rural Drive, Monterey Park; (626) 573-8080.
Half & Half Tea Express: 145 E. Foothill Blvd., Arcadia.
The Juice: 3151 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 644-0250.
The Larder at Burton Way: 8500 Burton Way, Los Angeles; 310-278-8060.
Le Pain Quotidien at The Americana at Brand: 889 Americana Way, Glendale.
Little Beast: 1496 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 341-5899.
Mari Vanna: 8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood.
Neighborhood Grinds: 100 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach.
Nikita: 22716 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu; (310) 456-3274.
Salt Air: 1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.
Scratch Bar: 111 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills; (310) 289-8010.
ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen: 6333 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.
Shen Yang Restaurant: 639 W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park.
Taberna Arros y Vi: 1403 2nd St., Santa Monica.
Top Round Roast Beef: 1000 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles.
Valerie at Grand Central Market: 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles; (213) 624-2378.
Vinos Del Valle: 1576 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles.
Empress Pavilion: Bamboo Plaza, 988 N. Hill St., Los Angeles.
Geisha House: 6633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.
Irv's Burgers: 8289 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 650-2456.
Jerry's Famous Deli: 10925 Weyburn Ave., Westwood.
Mirabelle: 8768 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.
Tom's Burgers: 2861 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles.
Waffle Chix: 1059 Broxton Ave., Los Angeles; (310) 208-3071.
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