Magnolia's new space Downtown near the Staples Center
Just bits and pieces for today...
Silver Lake Wine is now selecting tastings for the Standard Hotel Downtown on Wednesdays from 5-8 pm. $20 for a flight with snacks from the Standard lobby restaurant. Hopefully our friend Charles, who sometimes dj's there, will stop by to spin some tunes.
The Park, already one of the most affordable full service restaurants in town, celebrates one year in business with $5 lunches this week, including a sandwich and a side. If you can't make it from March 17-20, they're introducing $5 Burger Wednesdays -- that's right, burgers including fries for $5 at lunch or dinner on Wednesdays. Happy Birthday, Park!
Still lots of action Downtown:
Popular Hollywood spot Magnolia grows a Downtown outpost near the Staples Center at 825 W. 9th St. It's open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, with a full bar and specialty cocktails.
Also branching out is Chaya Downtown, at 525 S. Flower, with the familiar Franco-Japanese menu, sushi and sashimi. I know Kathy's first question will be, "Is there a happy hour?" I'm happy to report that there's an expanded happy hour, from 3 to 7 p.m. Chaya's head chef Shigefumi Tachibe is said to have invented the ubiquitous tuna tartare (his sushi knife is in the Smithsonian!), which is quite a claim to fame.