Restaurant openings this week include a meatball-and-beer hall on Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood and the first half of a four-in-one concept called Playa Provisions (so right now it's just two-in-one). Asian Box — the Northern California-based fast-casual Asian-food competitor to ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen — has debuted in Burbank, where the latest Tender Greens also has opened.
Playa Provisions, a four-in-one restaurant from Brooke Williamson and husband Nick Roberts, is open in Playa Del Rey. Playa Provisions includes a house-made ice cream shop called Small Batch; King Beach, a market counter serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; a back-room whiskey bar called Grain; and Dockside, a higher-end seafood-focused dining room. Small Batch debuted in May, and King Beach is now open; Grain and Dockside are expected to open this month. 119 Culver Blvd., Playa Del Rey,
Ball & Chain, a "meatballery" on Hollywood's Cahuenga corridor, is now open, with a meatball-and-beer-centric menu. There are 20 rotating California craft beers on tap and more than 125 beers by the bottle. Chef Michael Ruiz creates customizable meatball dishes (along with sides, small plates and desserts) such as sliders, meatballs a la carte, atop a bed of greens, or on a hoagie. Meatball variations include vegan, turducken, elk and daily surprise specials. 1643 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 465-2255.
Asian Box launched its first Southern California location in Burbank, serving Asian street-food-inspired fast-casual meals from executive chef Grace Nguyen, served in compostable packaging. Customers build their boxes starting with rice, noodles or salad, then add toppings such as six-spice chicken, lemongrass pork, soy-glazed beef, coconut curry tofu and lime-basil shrimp, as well as vegetable add-ons, a "caramel" egg and house-made sauces. A downtown location is set to open this summer. 116 E. Palm Ave., Burbank, (818) 563-4269, www.asianbox.com.