Thursday, January 18, 2007

Is there life west of Vermont?

Apparently the answer is yes, because there's lots going on in other parts of town. But first, allow me a brief Silver Lake digression: apparently Blair's opens for breakfast this weekend.

Moving westward, since apparently there can never be enough super-trendy expensive sushi bars in L.A., Katsu-ya will open another Philippe Starck-designed branch at Hollywood and Vine in the Broadway Hollywood lofts building.

An upscale Italian restaurant from Stefano Ongaro, All'Angelo, has opened at 7166 Melrose Ave. With the recent opening of the Village Idiot pub, the restaurant scene is heating up even on the cheesy section of Melrose.

Also on Melrose, Table 8 reopened today with a new "cocktail program" and lounge/small plates menu. I'll take a parnsip flan please, and a watermelon-jalapeno mojito.

Clementine in West L.A. is closing its outpost at the Hammer Museum (that's ok, it didn't work out for Joan's on Third, either), but is increasing the curbside pickup service to six days a week. Why don't they take over Silver Lake's Flor Morena, while they're at it?

In case you thought there was a cupcake shortage in L.A., Dainties Cupcakes at 11058 Santa Monica Blvd. in West L.A. is another recent entry into the cupcake wars.

Hans Rockenwagner is back in the restaurant business after a time with just a bakery, and has opened 3 Square Cafe & Bakery on Abbot Kinney in Venice.

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