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:

We’re thrilled and grateful to be able to open our doors again; we didn’t expect this process to take so long as the fire was isolated in the flue. Thankfully no one was hurt and there was no major structural damage. It was just an arduous process to achieve the repair in a safe and sound manner. Most of our staff stayed with us through the process and we’re incredibly humbled by their dedication to our vision. We used this time wisely to reflect, reassess and renew. Our valued guests will soon experience some changes we made when they come to dine with us. Our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for their support, patience and kindness. We can’t wait to have everyone back in to Rossoblu!

With a busy season of restaurant openings, it was unfortunate for Rossoblu to miss most of the fall season, but at least the wonderfully designed space will have a chance to make up some lost time during the even busier holiday season. Reservations are now open again on Resy.

The water somm moves on
Martin Riese, who gained international fame and notoriety for starting a unique bottled water menu at Patina, coining the phrase “water sommelier,” has moved on to become the new food and beverage director at Petit Hermitage in West Hollywood. No word on if he would introduce a similar water menu to the posh resort. He was at Patina Group for seven years.
The Windmill spins once more

The iconic windmill above the Denny’s in Arcadia is back to spinning again after it fell into the restaurant in 2017. It took nearly a year to get the windmill back but Denny’s plans to have it running 24/7, with new changing LED colors to attract even more eyes. The windmill was originally part of a Van de Kamp’s bakery that resided in the building.

Repeal day specials around town
1933 Group is offering $1 cocktails on Repeal Day, which is tomorrow, from 5 to 8 p.m. at their various locations like Sassafras, Bigfoot Lodge, and La Cuevita. Each bar will have either a $1 Moscow Mule or Old Fashioned to honor the end of Prohibition.
No more bao in BH
Little Highness Bao in Beverly Hills has closed after an 18-month-run in the Golden Triangle, according to Toddrickallen. The Rowland Heights restaurant took over a small slot on Wilshire Boulevard serving mantou and xiaolongbao, but with high rents and perhaps overrated walking traffic, it didn’t last.

Source: LA Eater