Adding more raw fish to Sawtelle Boulevard, morinoya is Little Osaka's newest "authentic hole-in-the-wall izakaya," serving tapas dishes including yakitori and oden as well as sushi and sashimi. The Slice Truck also is settling into the area with its first brick-and-mortar restaurant, fulfilling owner Dave Hanley's vision of a little, local independent pizza place. Opening on Sawtelle between Coffee Tomo and Blockheads Shaved Ice is Seoul Sausage Company, the Korean catering company that's gained a following for its kalbi and spicy pork sausages at several food festivals over the past year.
From the owners of the Roger Room and Il Covo, the Pikey, a British gastropub replacing Coach & Horses, offers bites such as cardoon and sunchoke soup with bone marrow, braised lamb shank and crispy pig's ear salad from the Spotted Pig chef. On Main Street in Santa Monica, Brick+Mortar replaces Saluté Wine Bar (opened in 2008).
In other news, Acapulco in Westwood closed its doors after 33 years in business. The decision to close was based on the location's recent business performance, Rick Van Warner, a spokesman for Acapulco's parent company, Real Mex Restaurants, told The Daily Bruin. After less than a year, Taberna Mexicana in Beverly Hills has shuttered. We had high hopes. The one-of-a-kind Japanese maid cafe Royal/T Cafe announced its upcoming closure after five eventful years in Culver City -- there will be a few more art shows and the Tea Lovers Festival throughout May.
Read on for an April list of notable openings and closings:
BierBeisl: 9669 Little Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills; (310) 271-7274. (opened March)
Cousins Maine Lobster truck: Los Angeles.
Link 'N' Hops: 3111 N. Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 426-9041.
Osteria Coppola: 14622 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles; (818) 788-7900.
morinoya: 11301 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 473-3960.
BricoLA: 1518 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 656-1500.
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop: 234 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa; (949) 200-3950.
Highland Park Kitchen: 5137 York Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 256-2400. (opened March)
Lago D'Argento: 2611 N. Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 300-5500.
Little Sheep Hot Pot: 140 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; (626) 307-1901.
The Pikey: 7617 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.
Yojisan Sushi: 260 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; (424) 245-3799.
Your Pasta Story: 8474 W. Third St., Los Angeles; (323) 782-9220.
Acapulco: 1109 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles; (310) 208-3884.
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Chado Tea House: 8422 1/2 W. Third St., Los Angeles; (323) 655-2056.
Duke's: 8909 W. Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood; (310) 652-3100.
Taberna Mexicana: 369 N. Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 858-7070.
Snakepit Alehouse: 7529 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 653-2011.