Restaurant news: Burgers Never Say Die is finally open in Silver Lake

GLENDALE, CALIF. -- SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2018: The Smash Burger; a double cheeseburger with ketchup, m
The double smash burger from Burgers Never Say Die. The backyard pop-up has opened a bricks-and-mortar in Silver Lake.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Burgers Never Say Die

Burgers Never Say Die, known for its smashed double cheeseburgers, opened its first bricks-and-mortar restaurant in Silver Lake last week. Owner Shawn Nee began selling burgers from his backyard in 2017, quickly becoming a viral pop-up sensation via Instagram. Now he serves French fries and grilled cheese too.

2388 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 922-6161,

Eleven City


Eleven City Los Angeles is now open on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile. The restaurant pays tribute to classic diners and delis, with all-day breakfast and phosphates, as well as cheekier items such as black-and-white challah toast and a design-your-own-mac-and-cheese.

5400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 761-1211,


Buvette, a wine bar with cheese and charcuterie, is now open in Sherman Oaks. The bar pours wines from all over the world, offered both by the glass and by the bottle. The menu includes wild boar salami from California, speck from Italy and Spanish Manchego.


15005 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (213) 804-4067,


Shaquille O’Neal opened Shaquille’s at L.A. Live in downtown on Feb. 1. Inside the restaurant is a colossal chair purportedly reserved for Shaq himself and a ton of purple. The menu is a mash-up of Southern and steakhouse that includes shrimp and grits, fried chicken and filet mignon.

800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A150, Los Angeles, (213) 746-7427,


Mélisse will hold its final night of service March 2. Starting Feb. 26, Josiah Citrin will offer the option of a $175 seven-course tasting menu consisting of favorite dishes from the restaurant’s nearly 20-year run. The chef plans to open something new at the same address later this year.

1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 395-0881,

The West Third Street location of Inko Nito closed Feb. 17. The Japanese robatayaki restaurant’s original Arts District location remains open.


Copa d’Oro is now closed in downtown Santa Monica, following a 10-year run in which bartender Vincenzo Marianella helped introduce Los Angeles to craft cocktails. The bar is undergoing a remodel and plans to reopen with a new name and concept later this year.


Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, the 26-year-old Mid-City soul food taco institution, has moved to a new location a few blocks east of its original Pico Boulevard address.

5303 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 932-6253,

Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, the forces behind A.O.C., Lucques and Tavern, will open two new restaurants inside the forthcoming DTLA Proper Hotel, while also overseeing all food and beverage there. One will be an all-day, Latin-influenced restaurant on the hotel’s ground floor; the other, a rooftop restaurant and bar. Jessica Koslow of Sqirl will open a restaurant named Onda at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel in collaboration with Gabriela Cámara of Contramar in Mexico City. Both properties plan to open in summer 2019.

1100 S. Broadway, Los Angeles,

702 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica,



10:25 a.m.: This article was updated with additional details about Copa d’Oro in Santa Monica.

This article was originally published on February 23.

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