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21 Mar

Plan Check, Nong LA Vietnamese Cafe & Seoul Sausage – TimeOut Los Angeles

In Restaurant Construction by John Murawski / March 21, 2013 / 0 Comments

LA city guide: Eating and drinking along Sawtelle Boulevard

Check out the best eating and drinking on Sawtelle Boulevard with our LA city guide to the the area’s new wave of restaurants.

Downtown’s Little Tokyo may have a 75-year headstart on Sawtelle Boulevard, the West LA enclave between Olympic and Santa Monica Boulevards known as Little Osaka. But amongst the bevy of stores and restaurants in the area a spate of restaurants have recently opened. This new crop of culinary contenders complement existing classics, turning the primarily Japanese restaurant row into a collective dining destination. Here’s your LA city guide to the best eating and drinking on Sawtelle Boulevard.

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18 Feb

Bludso’s BBQ – LA Weekly

In Restaurant Construction by John Murawski / February 18, 2013 / 0 Comments


For all of you who make the regular trek down to Bludso’s in Compton for, perhaps, the sole purpose of eating Kevin Bludso’s justly celebrated barbecue, you can cut down on your carbon footprint (although maybe not that of Bludso himself; add your BBQ carbon joke here: ____ ), as of about 5 o’clock this afternoon. That’s when the new Bludso’s will open at 609 N. La Brea, in the location formerly occupied by The Tar Pit.

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26 Oct

The Stave – LA Weekly

In Restaurant Construction by John Murawski / October 26, 2012 / 0 Comments


“What’s this going to be?” a passerby yells into the cavernous, under-construction site at the corner of Broadway and Downtown Long Beach’s Promenade. “Not a chain, I hope.”

Two weeks before the doors roll up and any Pilsner is poured, Natalie van Waardenburg and Garry Muir are walking through The Stave, their soon-to-be wine and beer bar. The space looks far from finished, and the furniture arrives tomorrow. Their expressions alternate between unwavering confidence and disbelief as they mull over what has to be done in the next 14 days. Muir offers a private tour inside the dual-compartment walk-in refrigerator, while van Waardenburg opens boxes and inspects doorknobs. The electricians and builders are busy tying up loose ends. The toilet seat cover dispensers have not been hung in the right spots. There’s always something. But no, this will not be a chain.

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17 Sep

Bäco Mercat – TimeOut Los Angeles

In Commercial Building,Restaurant Construction by John Murawski / September 17, 2012 / 0 Comments

Bäco Mercat

What started as a happy-hour snack has grown into one of the hottest, most relevant restaurants in town. Chef Josef Centeno’s first solo venture captures not only the zeitgeist of Downtown’s white-hot dining but also the incredible multiculti spirit of Los Angeles at large. Located in the Old Banking District, just around the corner from Skid Row and some of Downtown’s brightest emerging art galleries, the always-bustling restaurant is particularly jammed on Art Walk Thursday nights. But that’s also one of the best times to go. Housed in a historic building with vintage-looking tables and chairs, the quasi-industrial restaurant manages to look and feel as if it’s been around forever; when in reality, it opened in 2011.

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01 Dec

Haute Chefs LA – Haute Living

In Restaurant Construction by John Murawski / December 1, 2010 / 0 Comments

Jeffrey Nimer’s Haute Chefs L.A Caters to J.Lo Rupert Murdoch and You

Classically French trained chef Jeffrey Nimer has spent the last 15+ years experimenting and creating scrumptious recipes and winning accolades in the world of food. With his signature French and California-Mediterranean specialties, Nimer has vast experience in the food realm– having opened the Blue Door Restaurant at the Delano Hotel on South Beach, served as head chef for Lavande Restaurant at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. In 2005 Nimer, branched off into the role of private chef and created his company Haute Chefs LA ( His Los Angeles based catering company is in high demand as well as his talents as a private chef.

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