The gentrifying train chugs along...longtime Filipino spot Manila Sunset, one mini-mall over from Rambutan and Pho Cafe, is being replaced by Andiamo which will offer pizza, pasta and salads. So far, it looks kind of chainish, but it won't be opening for a while, so we'll see what happens. Is anyone ancient enough to remember the Afghan restaurant Magnolia that was once located in this large mini-mall?
As we said a few weeks ago, it's going to be a while before Barbrix wine bar on Hyperion is remodeled and open for business. In the meantime, you can sample their cooking by having Claudio and Adria Blotta and Matthew Poley cater your holiday party. Call 323-939-5523 for information.
Anthony Jacquet from the Getty Restaurant and Michael Morgan from Simon LA have taken over at the Grove's Whisper Lounge, which lost husband and wife team Chris and Kristine Bocchino to Malibu's Terra. If you're forced to shop during Christmas madness at the Grove, Whisper Lounge is actually a quiet, hidden spot (across from Barneys, near the parking garage) to grab a glass of wine and rest your dogs. New dishes include sizzling chili garlic prawns and scallops with Spanish olive oil and grilled ciabatta.