Friday, September 21, 2007

A little news, lotsa links

Tiger Lily on Vermont Ave. is cleaving in two, with the bar area remaining as Tiger Lily and the restaurant becoming French bistro Mes Amis, to be managed by former Figaro Bistro manager Chip Garamella. Figaro recently acquired new owners, and it looks like it will be getting some Gallic competition right across the street.

Silver Lake's Zanzabelle is also bringing in a new partner...Zanzabelle will continue selling cute vintage toys and such while starting in October, Lunchbox Fine Foods will supply sandwiches, paninis, salads and schmancy prepacked kids' lunches, because Silver Lake moms are way too cool to go the Lunchables route. Zanzabelle is now open at breakfast for pastries, bagels and coffee...a good idea, since Blair's is no longer open for breakfast.

Malo is applying to open up the upstairs area for live entertainment and events...I'm not sure if the NIMBYs are as vociferous on Sunset as on Hillhurst, but we'll soon find out.

EaterLA has some news on the restaurants planned for Glendale's Americana center...another branch of the rapidly expanding Katsuya empire, as well as of course, The Cheesecake Factory. You can never have too many of them, right?

And from CurbedLA, a rendering of the proposed Desert Rose restaurant at Propect and Hillhurst, which is likely to face a lot of resistance from the neighborhood, which apparently thinks there's already enough liquor licenses on that street.


Ellen Bloom said...

Eeeeeee! I know the new partner at Zanzabelle/Lunchbox! Jon's a former co-worker of mine. He's an excellent chef. Lunchbox should be faboo! I believe they had a soft-opening last week.

Anonymous said...

The old town Pasadena Cheesecake Factory is just appalling, slow service, poor food, yet people line up on that crowded corner almost every even. I wish I knew what it was people liked about this chain.

Anonymous said...

"I wish I knew what it was people liked about this chain."

They're clearly interested in making sure that I don't wait too long at other establishments.

Truthfully, they've constructed a large menu that appeals to a demographic where the food is a secondary priority for an evening out.

And why bother trying to evangelize? I wouldn't want to substitute my judgment for theirs; why would they substitute their judgment for mine?

H. C. said...

I'm not quite sure of the So. Pas. Cheesecake Factory appeal either -- but agree with taste-buzz that food may not be a priority for the evening. It just needs to be "good enough" & CF's menu is fairly consistent & safe & the price-point is OK - so it's something that's easy to get a group consensus on.