Larchmont Grill is now open in the former House space on Melrose...we'll try to review it soon. The menu includes steamed mussels with chorizo, Belgian fries, double-cut grilled pork chop with creamed corn gratin and a children's menu.
Jay Weston's restaurant newsletter reports that the deal for Tom Colicchio's Craft in Century City has fallen through...it's too bad Jay has so many typos in his newsletter since he's such an L.A. institution. UPDATE: SEE POST ABOVE. Craft says the deal is still on.
Speaking of showbiz connections, producer Sid Krofft has turned from the Banana Splits to fine dining with Eleven. The restaurant/nightclub opens in West Hollywood in October in the historic First National Bank of Sherman space at Larrabee and Santa Monica Blvd. The very ambitious project includes 32 interconnected plasma screens over the bar, a fountain with flames encapsulated in spheres of water, a co-ed mosiac restroom and "dynamic bursts of entertainment every 15 minutes." Chef Vincent Manna has cooked at Spago, L'Orangerie and Melisse and the menu sounds fusionish.
A Chowhound poster reports that Highland Park's The Wild Hare is for sale...it seems like a nice pub, one of the few places to get a good beer and some decent food. But perhaps the concentration of gentrified folks in Eagle Rock and Highland Park isn't quite high enough to support it...unfortunately it's a little bit off the beaten path for us.