After a five-year run in Culver City, the eccentric Japanese maid cafe/art gallery Royal/T closed in late July, celebrating its final days with tea ceremonies and pop-ups. “It was successful beyond my imagination,” says owner Susan Hancock, who plans to take her brand on the road with pop-ups in New York City and various locations throughout the country. “If the right partner came to me about opening up a new space, I would consider it,” says Hancock, who is grateful for her loyal patrons who waited hours to be seated during their last weeks, as well as curators and exhibitors through the years. Fans can track future Royal/T happenings through their Facebook and Twitter pages.
Also recently closed in the neighborhood is Café Livre. Owners executive chef Farid Zadi and his wife, director of operations Susan Park, have re-emerged at Spanish Fly, a new gastropub in Koreatown. Partnering with owners Gene and David Park, they're revamping the menu of what briefly was the Green Bee Restaurant and Bar. Many of Café Livre's specialties are on the new menu, including duck confit, hot and cold tapas, a cheese and salumi selection and Zadi's paella.
In opening news, downtown L.A.'s newest gastropub, The Parish opened. And earlier this month, a several-times-over reincarnated Laurel Hardware emerged in West Hollywood. The new owners kept the name in tribute to the homey spirit of the original store.
Coming soon is a second location of The Oinkster, which will occupy the former Sushi Hiroba on Vine Street between Melrose and Santa Monica Blvd. “A friend of mine pointed it out to me because he used to hang out at Lou,” says owner Andre Guerrero. “He knew I was looking for a spot, and said 'Andre you gotta check this place out. I could see an Oinkster here.'”
A list of mid-summer restaurant openings and closings:
Apollonia's Pizzeria: 5176 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 937-2823.
Beverly Hills Brownie Company: 315 N Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 275-1295.
Bon Vivant Market: 3155 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles.
Bow & Truss: 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 985-8787.
Copenhagen Pastry: 11113 Washington Blvd., Culver City.
Graffiti Coffeehouse: 180 S La Brea Ave., Los Angeles.
Heywood Grilled Cheese Shoppe: 3337 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles.
Kitchen Table: 410 S Main St., Los Angeles; (213) 617-3000.
Laurel Hardware: 7984 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.
La Otra Taqueria Escuela: 7615 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 932-6178.
Osteria Drago: 8741 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 657-1182.
The Parish: 840 S. Spring St. Los Angeles.
Spanish Fly: 3800 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 110F, Los Angeles; (213) 412-2992.
Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar: 801 S. Figueroa St., dwntwn.; 213-622-3255.
Sycamore Kitchen: 143 S. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles.
Towne Food & Drink: 705 W 9th St., Los Angeles; (213) 623-2366.
Trattoria Neapolis: 336 S Lake Ave., Pasadena; (626) 792-3000.
Vitello's: 4349 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood; (818) 769-0905.
Doughboys Bakery: 8116 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.
Fresh East: 8951 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood; (310) 859-9989.
Kokomo Cafe: 7385 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 933-0773.
Royal/T Cafe: 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City; (310) 559-6300.
Le Saint Amour: 9725 Culver Blvd. Culver City; (310) 842-8155.
Spanish Kitchen: 826 N. LaCienega Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 659-4794.
Starry Kitchen (temporary shutter): 350 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles; (213) 617-3474.
Yujean Kang's Gourmet Chinese Cuisine: 67 N Raymond Ave., Pasadena.
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