Breakfast to Go, a Day-to-Night Shift and Some Continental Drift


Daily Grind: Morning regulars at Campanile will have to change their habit--and soon. Friday is the last day breakfast will be served during the week.

Before panic sets in, note that weekend brunch will continue as usual. And devotees of Nancy Silverton’s flaky croissants, rosemary corncakes, ginger scones and sumptuous coffeecakes will still be able to buy their fix at La Brea Bakery on weekdays.

“We’ve been doing weekday breakfast for years,” said chef-owner Mark Peel. “But it never really took off, financially. It just wasn’t profitable.”


Sign of the times? “Not really. Guess we’re not on the way to work for many people.”

* Campanile, 624 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 938-1447. Brunch: Sat. and Sun., 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Moving Story: When Barnabys opens in June at 431 S. Fairfax Ave., it will attempt to cover every possible base.

Encompassing 14,000 square feet, the former four-story warehouse across from Park La Brea will be divided into a dining area for 350, two display kitchens, a retail food counter and a mezzanine cocktail lounge and private dining rooms.

The restaurant will sell muffins and coffee to morning commuters and serve lunch on tables covered with butcher’s paper. And when dusk arrives, so will the piano player, candles and tablecloths. “It’s a restaurant for everyone,” says Jason Newman, Barnabys’ director of operations.

So far, no big-name executive chef, Newman insists. “We might hire three young talented sous-chefs instead.”


Up Periscope: Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, owners of Santa Monica’s Border Grill and stars of “Too Hot Tamales” on the TV Food Network, are talking to investors and actively looking at sites in Pasadena, Burbank, Orange County and downtown Los Angeles to expand their fiefdom. Just what do they have cooking? “Something with a Latin concept, maybe even an updated City,” Milliken said, referring to their closed La Brea Avenue restaurant. “It just depends on location.”



About Face: Does La Madrague, the Provencal restaurant on La Cienega in West Hollywood, ring a bell?

Sorry. Three weeks ago it became Mamagaya, a Mediterranean restaurant with live music.

“We wanted to try something different,” General Manager Paul Setikian says. “We wanted live entertainment and a new menu.”

The music, which changes nightly, is mostly Cuban-, Brazilian- and African-influenced. Chef Eric Cuenin’s menu taps the regional cooking of the south of France, Italy, North Africa and Spain.

* Mamagaya, 401 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-4999. Hours: dinner only, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. daily.