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03 May

A Bigger, More Upscale Offshoot of Frida Mexican Cuisine Opens in Beverly Hills – LA Eater

In Restaurant Construction,Commercial Building by John Murawski / May 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

Plus Tartine at Whole Foods, and the history of Chinatown

New to the scene

A surprise new restaurant has hit the Beverly Hills food scene this month. Cantina Frida is a more modern (and definitely more upscale) offshoot of the Frida Mexican Cuisine mini-chain that circles Southern California, but this location boasts more than 180 seats, a gold-tinted bar, and lots of private dining. The tony outlet at 252 N. Beverly Drive — formerly a Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse — features a menu filled with big plates of skirt steak and fish, as well as classics like tacos and enchiladas. The restaurant is open now for lunch through dinner.

Source: Eater LA

14 Dec

Jolie – Eater LA

In Restaurant Construction by John Murawski / December 14, 2018 / 0 Comments

A Summery French Riviera-Style Restaurant Emerges From the Hills of Bel-Air

The new Jolie opens today at the Glen Centre

The Glen Centre is tucked way up in the curves above Beverly Hills, a micro-economy all its own with room for a few restaurants, a post office, and a Starbucks. As of today, it’s also home to Jolie, a rather glamorous new French bistro modeled on the plush decadence and fine foods of the French Riviera circa the 1960s.


Inside, the restaurant is awash in marble and dark blue tones. A large skylight keeps the place airy during the day, while dim bulbs and brassy details make the room much moodier in the evenings. There’s a full cocktail bar and broad complement of French wines to match the food, which focuses on seafood, salads, charcuterie, and other light-ish fare.


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04 Dec

Rossoblu – Eater LA

In Uncategorized,Restaurant Construction by John Murawski / December 4, 2018 / 0 Comments

Rossoblu Returns to Action Tomorrow After Fire Damaged Kitchen in September

Plus the water sommelier leaves the Patina group and the Denny’s windmill is back in action

Rossoblu is back


After a kitchen fire took out Rossoblu’s operation for nearly the entire fall back on September 13, the Downtown Italian restaurant is finally ready to return tomorrow evening. Here’s what founders Steve and Dina Samson had to say about the temporary closure, which certainly lasted longer than they had originally thought:



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15 Nov

Marugame Udon – Eater LA

In Restaurant Construction by John Murawski / November 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

Mega Noodle Maker Marugame Udon Expands Into Glendale and Downtown LA

The Glendale Galleria location opens December 20, with DTLA slated for early 2019

Widely-regarded as some of LA’s better Japanese quick service restaurants, Marugame Udon is setting up in two new shops in the next three months. The noodle specialty shop will open in the Glendale Galleria on December 20, with another at The Bloc in late January or early February.



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15 Oct

Rock & Reilly’s USC – Eater LA

In Uncategorized,Restaurant Construction by John Murawski / October 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

Popular Irish Sports Pub Expands to USC Village This Month

Rock & Reilly’s should debut by mid-October

Rock & Reilly’s is in the habit of opening around football season. The Irish sports pub did just that before opening the Downtown LA location in 2016, as with the Sunset Strip location in 2011. The restaurant group maintains this strategy with a new outlet opening this month in USC Village.



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