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03 May

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

In Commercial Building,Restaurant Construction 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

30 Apr

Barcade Is Coming to the Former El Arco Iris Space in Highland Park – LA Magazine

In Commercial Building by John Murawski / April 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

The NYC import finally arrives, two years after announcing they would come to L.A.

Barcade—New York’s best-known arcade bar—finally opens in L.A., making good on an announcement they first made in 2017. The arcade bar concept will open to the public on May 6.



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07 Feb

Fiona – Eater LA

In Uncategorized by John Murawski / February 7, 2019 / 0 Comments

Pie Queen Nicole Rucker’s Fairfax Restaurant Feels Like an LA Touchpoint

Rucker and Shawn Pham team up for something special

Nicole Rucker is living in her dream at Fiona, an airy first standalone space for the star baker, situated right on Fairfax. Fiona is part pie and bread shop, part morning sweets destination, and — more than a little bit — part home for Shawn Pham, who’s leading the full food menu with what could be some of the city’s most creative new dishes.



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16 Jan

Superba + Rossoblu – Eater LA

In Uncategorized by John Murawski / January 16, 2019 / 0 Comments

The 16 Hottest Brunch Spots in Los Angeles, January 2019

The newest places to grab weekend brunch

There’s nothing better than a great brunch to either kick off or cap the weekend’s festivities. Saturday and Sunday mornings (and often into the afternoons) are prime time for weekend dining warriors to grab a bloody mary, mimosa, or bellini, because, well, if there isn’t booze, brunch is just a late breakfast.



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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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