Celebrating the "change" in season (it's L.A., come on), restaurants around town are revamping their menus, adding new happy hours (City Sip, The Parish, Dominick's, etc), prix fixe specials and pumpkin everywhere they can. Known for creating menus from scratch, Test Kitchen returns to Sotto with a kickoff dinner on October 1 featuring Rocco DiSpirito and guest chefs Neal Fraser and Quinn Hatfield -- Ori Menashe will host this year's Test Kitchen at his soon-to-open restaurant Bestia, in downtown's Arts District.
In more opening news, The Matthew Kenney Culinary School offers students a raw food education at Santa Monica Place. Studio City is now home to customizable pizza shop, PizzaRev and XEN Lounge. On the Westside, U-Mini, Pressed Juicery and The Lime Truck, in brick-and-mortar form, are opening soon in Westwood Village.
While some kitchens are getting fired up, others are turning off the burners for good. After nearly 40 years in business, L.A.'s premier Moroccan restaurant Dar Maghreb has closed, reports Grub Street LA. And La Provence Patisserie and Café is no longer serving decorated coffee drinks and French macarons in to a chichi Brentwood crowd.
Read on for a September list of openings and closings:
Ammo at the Hammer: 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
Clusi Batusi: 2047 Sawtelle Blvd. L.A.
Cousins Maine Lobster at Live Mixx: 115 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Dylan's Candy Bar: 6333 W 3rd St., L.A.
The Famous: 154 S Brand Blvd., Glendale
La Barbacha: 2510 Cesar E Chavez Ave., Boyle Heights; 323-264-1451
Gorge: 8917 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 657-6328
M.A.K.E.: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica
MessHall: 4500 Los Feliz Blvd., L.A.; (323) 660-6377
9Olives Chaplin House: 8210 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; (323) 848-2100
The Phoenix: 14 N La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills
PizzaRev: 12103 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
Sassafras: 1233 Vine St., L.A.
Silver Lake Ramen: 2927 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A.
Skewers by Morimoto at LAX: 380 World Way, L.A.
3Dog Cantina: 1615 N Cahuenga Blvd., L.A.; (323) 465-1750
Xen Lounge: 10628 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
Antojitos Carmen: 2510 Cesar E Chavez Ave., Boyle Heights; 323-264-1451
Bob's Big Boy: 24021 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance
Dar Maghreb: 7651 Sunset Blvd L.A.
La Provence: 11677 San Vicente Blvd., L.A.
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