In an often frantic attempt to track the many openings and closings around town, we scribble notes while driving down Santa Monica Boulevard, eavesdrop while in line at the movies, get tips from colleagues and friends, and troll the Web for restaurant obits and births. And sometimes we come across gems like Meshuga 4 Sushi on La Brea, hoping it will add some decent kosher sushi to the community (we're not holding our breath).
After barely surviving its one-year anniversary, Swill Automatic was shut down by the heatlh department. A note on their still-active website says they are "closed indefinitely, due to a recent determination by the LA Health Department that the ventilation in our tiny but efficient little kitchen is not compliant under existing guidelines."
While we wait for the arrival of Wolf in Sheep's Clothing on Abbot Kinney in Venice, led by chefs Kris Tominaga (Joe's) and Brian Dunsmoor (Axe), former "Next Iron Chef" contestant and L.A. chef Andrew Kirschner's Tar & Roses and Red Hill in Echo park, here is this month's list of openings and closures:
Bäco Mercat: 408 S Main St., L.A.; (213) 687-8808.
Bugatta: 7174 Melrose Ave., L.A.; (323) 964-9494.
Coco Ichibanya: 1380 S. Fullerton Rd. #106 Rowland Heights. 626-581-1999.
Cooks County: 8009 Beverly Blvd., L.A.; (323) 653-8009.
Coolhaus: 8555 Washington Blvd., Culver City.
Dog Haus Biergarten: 93 E. Green Street, Old Pasadena.
Bia Hoi Lounge at Gingergrass: 2396 Glendale Blvd., L.A.
Erbe Matte: 340 N Canon Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 273-6500.
Goodie Girls: 415 East Broadway #100, Glendale.
Le Cellier Wine Bar: 417 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey; (424) 228-5491.
Local 1205: 1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.
Meshuga 4 Sushi: 526 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood; (323) 964-9985.
Palmilla Cocina y Tequila: 39 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach; (310) 374-4440.
Short Order: 6333 W. Third St., Ste. 110, L.A.; (323) 761-7970.
The Vol. 94: 239 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; (626) 356-9494.
Chimu: 324 S. Hill St., L.A.
Louise's: 12050 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 762-2662.
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Shin BBQ: 1600 Wilcox Ave., L.A.; (323) 464-4100.
Swill Automatic: 1820 Industrial St., L.A.; (213) 239-9088.
Tsujino Hana: 4714 Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey; (310) 827-1433.
Village Coffee Shop: 2695 N. Beachwood Drive L.A.; (323) 467-5398.