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La Condesa to open on La Brea in early 2013

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Mexican restaurant La Condesa, with locations in Austin and Napa Valley, is planning to open a new outpost in Los Angeles on La Brea Avenue. The planned development at La Brea between 1st and 2nd streets called District La Brea, as reported earlier, is also the future home of Quinn and Karen Hatfield’s Sycamore Kitchen.

Co-owners Jesse Herman and Delfo Trombetta opened La Condesa Austin in 2009 and then the Napa Valley restaurant in St. Helena last year. The name’s a reference to the artsy Mexico City neighborhood, and the restaurants -- headed by chef-partner Rene Ortiz and pastry chef Laura Sawicki -- serve a menu of contemporary Mexican food with traditional regional touches and very ‘now’ ingredients. Dungeness crab huaraches, ceviches such as yellowtail with Thai chile and yuzu, Snake River Farms beef taquitos, quinoa-stuffed chile rellenos, and guava-glazed kurobuta pork ribs. Along with lots of tequila and specialty cocktails. Sawicki’s desserts include Blue Bottle Coffee-caramel pot de creme and Redwood Hill chevre cheesecake. The L.A. La Condesa is expected to open early next year.

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