Gelato Bar is offering samples at low 1936 prices until its grand opening later this month. Formerly Hollywood Gelato at 1936 Hillhurst, Gelato Bar is the second gelateria from Nancy Silverton's sister Gail Silverton, with the first location in Toluca Lake. Silverton will open early in the morning with espresso and pastries -- or have an Italian breakfast, complete with gelato.
Mooi Raw/Vegan Restaurant opens May 20 at 1700 Sunset in Echo Park. The Echo Park/Silver Lake area has got to have the highest concentration of vegan restaurants in Southern California, and Mooi is already known for its vegan ice "cream" sold at Naturemart.
The Daily Dose coffeehouse is opening on Industrial St. downtown within the next month, in the building next to Church & State. Downstairs, a small coffee bar on a picturesque brick alleyway will offer coffee, breakfast and simple lunches. Upstairs is the no-name supper club, which will serve tasting menus in an artist's loft four nights a week at $35 for dinner. It's the brainchild of Sarkis Vartanian, who's working with chef Christian Page. Here's more on the concept from Feast.
Early reviews are coming in for Radhika's, which soft-opened on Mother's Day in South Pasadena. "Good Indian food for people who don't like Indian food" is not a reassuring opinion, but I never take Yelpers' words for it, so I'll be in soon to try it out for myself.