The team behind some of the country’s best bars is opening a new downtown L.A. bar and restaurant
From a Beverly Boulevard restaurant closure to a new bar downtown, here’s what’s happening in the L.A. restaurant and drink world.
Bar Clacson: If the superheroes of the bar world came together to form a band, this would be it. Cedd Moses and Eric Needleman of 213 Hospitality, along with Eric Alperin of the Varnish and Richard Boccato of Dutch Kills in Queens, N.Y., are behind a new downtown L.A. bar and restaurant called Bar Clacson (which means “horn” in Italian), scheduled to open Jan. 17. Bar Clacson will have an all-day menu of dine-in and grab-and-go items overseen by 213 Hospitality’s director of restaurants, Jeff Marino. Menu items will include pastries, panini (with bread from Cole’s French Dip) and a selection of cured meats and cheeses (from DTLA Cheese). Alperin and Boccato will lead the bar program. Bar Clacson boasts the first indoor pétanque (a popular game) court as well as a patio area. 351 S. Broadway, Los Angeles.
Tartine is coming: Lauded pastry chef Elisabeth Prueitt and her husband, baker Chad Robertson, are bringing their San Francisco bakery and restaurant empire to downtown Los Angeles. The two have teamed up with chef and Phoenix-based pizza guru Chris Bianco, restaurateur and developer William Chait, hospitality veteran Carl Schuster, both Brian Lovejoy and Greg Steltenpohl of Califia Farms and coffee industry leader Chris Jordan to open Tartine Manufactory at the Row DTLA in October. Included in this multilevel, 38,500-square-foot space is the Tartine Craft Bakery + Mill, where Prueitt and Robertson will create their breads, pastries and pastas; the Coffee Roastery & Lab (a joint venture with Califia Farms); the Market + Market Restaurant (run by Tartine and Bianco), with products curated by Bianco as well as some produced in-house. This will include cheese, charcuterie, sandwiches and pizzas; an L.A. version of the San Francisco Tartine Cookies & Cream, with coffee, doughnuts and ice cream; and a restaurant (also run by Tartine and Bianco) will be open for dinner only, with a private dining room, wine room and dry aging room for meat. The restaurant is expected to open in February 2018. The market is expected to open in November. 746 Terminal St., Los Angeles, www.tartinemanufactory.com.
Restaurant week: Dine L.A., the two-week, biannual event presented by the L.A. Tourism and Convention Board, is back. Between Jan. 13 and Jan. 27, restaurants across the city will offer special prix-fixe menus. So in other words, this is your chance to eat at some of the places on your restaurant bucket list for less than you might normally spend there: a $20 lunch at Pizzeria Mozza and a $45 dinner at Petrossian. And in the case of the Bellwether in Studio City, it’s $29 for your choice of three items from the regular menu. www.discoverlosangeles.com.
Noodle party: Nissin (Cup Noodles) and the Orange County-based food website FoodBeast are hosting what they are calling a noodle and Asian-food themed festival called Noods Noods Noods on Saturday in Santa Ana. You can expect items such as deep-fried uni pasta from Anchor Hitch; ramen from Mess Hall Canteen and sushi tacos from Norigami. The event will take place from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., with VIP sessions from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 and VIP tickets are $50 or more. More details and tickets can be purchased at www.noodsnoodsnoods.com. 120 W. 5th St. Santa Ana.
Au revoir: Terrine on Beverly Boulevard has closed after two years. Partner Stephane Bombet of Bombet Hospitality Group and chef Kris Morningstar closed the French-leaning restaurant on New Year’s Day. Terrine was known for its lively patio, cocktails, Morningstar’s impressive assiette de charcuteries — and for being the place that restaurant people liked to go to. In his review, Jonathan Gold described Terrine as “a clubhouse by the local chefs’ community. Especially late at night, restaurant people sometimes seem to outnumber civilians.” Bombet’s other restaurants include Faith & Flower in downtown and Hanjip in Culver City. 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.
Hollywood nightlife: The Peppermint Club, a new live music space by the h.wood Group and Interscope Records, will open in Hollywood on Wednesday. The Peppermint Club takes over the space formerly occupied by Henry’s. A short list of cocktails and snacks will be available, including a namesake cocktail made with Absolut vodka, Meletti Cioccolato and Giffard Menthe Pastille. 8713 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, www.hwoodgroup.com/the-peppermint-club.
Still hungry? Halal Guys will open its fifth SoCal location in West Hollywood this spring. The Hello Kitty cafe truck will be in Arcadia on Saturday and in Torrance Sunday. Elysian has a new remodeled bar, expanded cocktail program, new hours and a seasonal dinner menu.