Proper Pizza And Pasta Coming To West LA

It’s good to see so many new restaurants in the works…  There’s a new sign up at 8570 W 3rd St. in LA/West Hollywood, previously home to Nonna’s Empanadas, announcing a new pie joint.  Proper Pizza & Pasta operates one other location outside of Downtown LA and promises a “great New York style pizza”, as well as pasta, salads, wings, strombolis, and calzones.

Erratum: I stand corrected:  A sharp reader quickly let me know that this location is squarely in Beverly Grove, City of Los Angeles.  

Mama Por Dios Bringing “Mexican Gourmet” To LA

It looks like LA/West Hollywood is getting a new Mexican joint.  A banner on the front of 8722 W 3rd St. (previously home to The District by Hannah An) and some brightly painted fiberglass cows are announcing the impending arrival of Mama Por Dios.  MPD operates one other location in Rancho Cucamonga and promises us “Mexican gourmet” served with a side of live Mariachi music or DJs.

Impasta Takes Over Roxbury Cafe In Beverly Hils

A reader with super human powers (no mere mortal would be able to spot this, Thanks Tony!) let me know about some activity at the former home of fossilized diner, Roxbury Cafe at 459 Roxbury Dr. in Beverly Hills.  An open air dining permit request on the boarded-up front door lists the name of the new business as Impasta.  I have no confirmation that this is the same restaurant, but there is an Impasta with one other location in LA that offers a menu designed for low-carb and gluten-free diets with items such as “classic pasta and pizza recipes made with zero to low carb noodle options, [and] cauliflower crusts”.  Also, there’s no red meat is on the menu.  We wish them the best of luck.

Update: Jennifer W was kind enough to let us know that in their Instagram feed, Impasta has said that they are relocating to Beverly Hills.  So this will not be a second location. 

Kebab Bar Opening Soon In Westchester

With all the restaurant closures taking place, I’m cheered to see new ones on the way.  A big banner hangs above the space at 8730 S Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester announcing that a new “fresh, authentic Mediterranean” eatery is close to opening.  Kebab Bar promises a menu of hummus, falafel, and kebab based on “multi-generational family recipes”.  We wish them the best of luck.

Kaz The Soba Place Coming To Sawtelle Japantown

Flashy signage and window coverings are up on the old Lemonade space at 2047 Sawtelle announcing that a new noodle joint is moving into the neighborhood.  Kaz The Soba Place appears to be well underway and close to opening.  There doesn’t seem to be a lot of information out there on this business, so I don’t know what will be on the menu besides buckwheat noodles.  If you have more information, let me know…

“Javan Is Back” In LA

The marquis with the mustachioed chef announced Iranian restaurant Javan for many years at 11500 Santa Monica Blvd.  Then Javan transformed into another Persian eatery Safir, which closed last fall.  But apparently all is not lost for the plucky purveyor of Persian food.  Notices are taped to the windows triumphantly declaring that “Javan is back”.  What that looks like exactly, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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Oh No! Ono Hawaii BBQ Runs Into A Spot Of Trouble

It appears that West LA’s branch of Ono Hawaii BBQ has gotten into a bit of hot water at 12115 Santa Monica Blvd.  There’s a closure notice affixed to the front door from the Department of Public Health citing “live cockroaches”.  Not sure what their path forward will be, but we wish them the best of luck.

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Lenny’s Deli Abruptly Disappears From Westwood Blvd.

Well this is a shocker…  I’ve been hearing from readers who were astonished to learn that West LA landmark Lenny’s Deli abruptly shut its doors for good over the weekend at their 2379 Westwood Blvd. location.  Sure enough, a hand-written note pasted on the front declares that they are “officially closed”.   I’m not sure what has happened, or what will become of the massive space, but I’ll keep watching…

Update:  Eater has the full skinny here.

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Menotti’s Coffee Stop Landing On Washington In LA

Poplar hip Venice caffeine joint Menotti’s Coffee Stop is continuing to expand.  Recently they appeared on Sunset in Hollywood.  Now, according to the new signs, it looks like that they are opening another location in an old hardware store at 12450 W Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles (Or is it Culver City?  It’s confusingly written both ways on-line.)  I’m not sure when the flat whites and cortados will start pouring, but it looks like they’re not too far off…

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Mogu Mogu Taking Over The Dosanko Space On Olympic

The address at 11555 Olympic Blvd. in LA is proving itself to be a tricky one.  It used to be popular Ramenya, then Dosanko Ramen tried its luck, which sadly ran out.  Now a plucky new ramen and mazemen (no-broth ramen) joint named Mogu Mogu is poised to move in, at least according to a rather small announcement taped to the front door.  We wish them the best of luck.

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Sachi Bringing Coffee And More To Centinela Ave.

A big wooden sign informs commuters that coffee is coming soon to the storefront at 4574 Centinela Ave. in LA.  Upon closer inspection, the name of the new shop will be Sachi.  Their website promises a “welcoming space influenced by Japanese culture and values- devoted to offering high quality coffee and food, stylish vintage clothing, healthy potted plants, and local artisan products”.

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Pho Ever Comes To The Westside

On a tip from a reader (Thanks Dean!), I went to check out what was going on on the corner of Barrington and Pico.  It looks like a new Vietnamese restaurant is going into the space at 2404 Pico.  I’m not sure when Pho Ever will be opening, or if it’s related to any of the other “Pho Ever” restaurants out there, so we’ll just have to wait and see…

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Poke Club Bringing Yet More Raw Fish To LA

Is there room in Los Angeles for more poke shops?  They seem to be everywhere lately and you seldom have to walk more than 500 feet to find some form of raw fish.  With all that competition a new contender, Poke Club, is about to give it a go.  They are close to opening a new restaurant at 463 S. La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles.  We wish them luck…

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Helados La Michoacana Starts Dispensing Icy Treats

Just in time for a hot summer…  Since I first told you about indications of a new icy treat shop moving into the commodious space at 11813 W. Santa Monica Blvd. in LA, a great many of you have been following its progress.  Helados La Michoacana has recently thrown open its doors for business.  A cursory peek inside reveals what looks like miles of wrap-around freezer counters loaded with every imaginable ice cream, frozen pop, and juice.

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Marsa Taking Over The Layla Space On Wilshire

Back in 2010, I first noticed that a new eatery was landing in the space at 11906 W. Wilshire Blvd in LA.  Sadly, after an almost 7 year run, Layla Café has pulled up stakes.  And what’s on the horizon?  A sign in the window informs us that something called Marsa will soon be making itself at home.  Not much information out there yet on Marsa, but the notice in the window promises us “Mediterranean cuisine”.

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The Nickel Bar Set To Take Over The Il Grano Space

Remember back in October of last year, when we were informed by Eater that Il Grano, Western LA’s fine Italian restaurant known for its truffle menus (and consequently La Bottega Marino next door) were closing?  Since then, I’ve been watching things carefully.  Recently, the façade was redone, and the windows papered over indicating that a new establishment was taking over.  And now we know what is coming to the space at 11359 Santa Monica Boulevard.  It turns out, the upcoming restaurant will be a new venture named The Nickel Bar, brought to you by the same people behind Studio City’s The Woodman and Cocina Condesa.  I had a chance to speak to a rep, who gave me the skinny on the upcoming bar/restaurant.  The focus here is local sourcing for drinks/food in a cozy neighborhood environment with a prominent bar.  And while they’re still working things out, the menu will feature New York style pizza.  We wish them the best of luck.  Look for a projected August 1st opening.

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