There seems to be a lot of action on Beverly Blvd. between La Brea and Fairfax...Kathy reports that Eat Well is advertising for staff at 7385 Beverly, which is currently Cafe Tartine. Cafe Tartine may have imported its bread from Paris, but it never seemed to find its audience, as we say in the film business. Perhaps this will cut down the wait time at Toast...
and the L.A. Times reports that San Francisco chefs Quinn and Karen Hatfield are taking over the Le Chine Wok space for a dinner-only restaurant with market and tasting menus.
...and of course there's the new place from the owners of Grace, in the Opaline space, which we mentioned last week.
Koda, the new sushi bar which replaced Cirxa on Sunset in Silver Lake opens this weekend with Anchor Steam beer on tap. Guinea pigs, anyone?
Franklin Ave.'s Mike and Maria didn't have a very good time at Memphis...guess they should know my Rule of Trendy Hollywood Restaurants: They are not about the food. They exist so patrons can drink, and see, and be seen. Period. I'll be happy if anyone wants to prove me wrong, though. But from everything I've heard about Geisha House, Citizen Smith and their ilk, the rule pretty much holds true.
Don't forget, this weekend is the Thai Songkran (New Year's) festival at the Wat Thai temple in North Hollywood. Bring water pistols and your appetite! It's open Saturday and Sunday from around 10 to 4 or so. Here's my report from last year. And do not miss the grilled Thai sausages.
Wat Thai temple
8225 Coldwater Canyon Ave.