Mastro's to Serve Steaks at Former Chasen's Site

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They Went West: A restaurant group out of Arizona has taken over the Chasen's location at 246 N. Canon Drive in Beverly Hills. Michael Mastro, Dennis Mastro and Scott Troilo, known collectively as Prime Restaurants, plan to plunk down a second Mastro's Steakhouse there (the first is back in Scottsdale). They call their restaurant "the steakhouse with personality." Prime Restaurants also owns the bar Maloney's Tavern in Westwood.

Director of Development Oliver Badgio says, "Service is paramount. You're never going to hear a 'no' from anyone at the restaurant." The Mastro's plan is to open in mid-May and stay open until 2 a.m. every night (dinner will be served until midnight).

The menu will be put together by chef Charles Schwerd, who'll model it after the Scottsdale menu (the curious can find it online at http://www.mastrossteakhouse.com) in which the beef is prime and the portions large. An 18-ounce bone-in Kansas City strip goes for $29.95. A huge 40-ounce double Porterhouse costs $59.95. Side dishes are listed separately; a baked potato runs $4.95, ditto for the fried onions.

Whoops: The BondSt restaurant we mentioned last week is going into a not-yet-open Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, not the West Hollywood Standard Hotel. The new Standard, which will also have a 24-hour coffee shop, should be open by September at 550 S. Flower Street.

Menu Ditherings: The Palm restaurant rolls out its business lunch through April 30. For $16.95, it offers a salad, a choice of entree with potato and veg and a slice of cheesecake. Lunch is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Palm, 9001 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; (310) 550-8811. . . . Both Le Petit Bistros are selling an 8-ounce filet mignon with soup or salad and a glass of wine for only $18. The catch: It's available only Mondays and Tuesdays in March, and must be specified with the reservation. Le Petit Bistro, 631 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 289-9797 and at 13360 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 501-7999.

The Drinkin' and Eatin' o' the Green: Here are a few ideas for St. Patrick's Day, which is Saturday.

Owner Gerri Gilliland will sing her Irish heart out from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Jake & Annie's. Guests are encouraged to pipe up, too. Drink and menu specials will run Saturday and Sunday until 11 p.m. Appetizers include gravlax ($10) and a cheese and onion tart ($8). Entrees include Irish beef stew ($14), corned beef and cabbage ($14), and Connemara-style Irish salmon ($17).

* Jake & Annie's, 2700 Main St., Santa Monica; (310) 452-1734.

The Olde Ship pubs in Santa Ana and Fullerton serve British beers, ales, lagers, stouts, ciders and single-malt Scotches every day of the year. (They're British, mind you; don't ask them to color anything green.) They'll add live Irish music to the mix for the 17th. The Brit eats include cottage pie, bangers and mash, fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage.

* Olde Ship Pub, 1120 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, (714) 550-6700; and 709 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 871-7447.

The Beverly Hills McCormick & Schmick's kicks off St. Patrick's Day at 8 a.m. with green eggs and ham ($3), Irish coffee and beer.

* McCormick & Schmick's, 206 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 859-0434.

Terra Piece of That Bread Off: Wednesday night, the husband-and-wife chef team of Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone will come from their St. Helena restaurant Terra to make dinner with Mark Peel of Campanile. The three chefs will re-create recipes from Doumani and Sone's "Terra: Cooking From the Heart of Napa Valley." The five-course meal will include foie gras tortelloni, grilled lamb tenderloin with artichoke fritter and an orange risotto. The price of $75 does not include tax, tip, or beverage. The book will be available for sale ($40) and signing.

* Campanile, 624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A.; (323) 938-1447.

Angela Pettera can be reached at (213) 237-3153 or at pettera@prodigy.net

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