Here is this week’s notable restaurant news from around Southern California:
Three-year-old East L.A. fried chicken spot Phat Birds has closed after owner Max Henriquez declined to renew its lease. A new location will open in the Montebello food hall BLVD MRKT, slated to debut next month.
520 Whittier Blvd., Montebello, phatbirds.com
Violet, a Cal-French restaurant and cooking school from chef and cookbook author Dana Slatkin, is open in Westwood. The menu includes bistro classics such as steak frites, whitefish barigoule, gnocchi Parisienne and a burger with Emmental cheese and confit onions.
1121 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 208-1121, violetla.com
Everytable, the L.A.-based fast-casual chain that aims to offer affordable and healthful meals to underserved communities, has opened a SmartFridge outlet at Santa Monica College. The grab-and-go concept joins locations at Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez.
1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, everytable.com
La Morra Pizzeria
Zach Swemle and Marlee Blodgett’s mobile pizza operation La Morra, which offers naturally leavened Neapolitan pies cooked in a wood-fired oven, is now open on Saturdays and Sundays at Texino, a camper van rental and repair shop in Silver Lake.
3201 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles, lamorrapizzeria.com
Hamilton at APL
Hollywood steakhouse APL will offer a $65 “Hamilton”-themed preshow menu starting March 12, in celebration of the musical’s return to the Pantages Theatre. Dishes include entrees Aaron Burr, Sir-loin Tartare, and King George Salmon; vegetable sides George Squashington and ’Shroom Where it Happens; dessert My Shot de Cremé; and a Hamiltini cocktail.
1680 Vine St., Los Angeles, (323) 416-1280, aplrestaurant.com
Fish or Flesh at Lost Spirits Distillery
Interactive distillery-slash-theme-park Lost Spirits Distillery has launched a $240 weekend tasting menu called Fish or Flesh. Tickets include dinner, spirit tastings and a guided tour of the “Island of Doctor Moreau”-themed production facility.
1200 E. 5th St., Los Angeles, (213) 505-2425, lostspirits.net
Badmaash owners Nakul and Arjun Mahendro have opened Burgers 99 on La Brea Avenue. The retro-inspired burger stand serves several classic varieties of cheeseburger, fries, shakes, hot dogs and breakfast burritos.
131 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, burgers99.com
Happy Pi Day
Several L.A. restaurants are offering pie-related deals in honor of Pi Day on March 14: Fishing With Dynamite in Manhattan Beach has whole Key lime pies for $32; Sibling Rival in downtown L.A. has $3.14 miniature pies through the end of March; and Milk Bar in Beverly Grove has $20 pies until March 24.
Burger maestro and author George Motz is back in L.A. for another round of pop-ups featuring his griddle-smashed fried onion cheeseburgers; Motz will be at Boomtown Brewery on March 14 and at Smorgasburg on March 15.
These restaurants have closed:
Washington, D.C.-based doughnut and fried chicken concept Astro Doughnuts has closed its two local locations after three years downtown and two years in Santa Monica.
Art’s Famous Chili Dog
Art’s Famous Chili Dog, a historic South L.A. hot dog stand founded by Art Elkind and best known for weathering the 1992 L.A. riots, has closed after 80 years.
Mon Petit Poulet
Parisian rotisserie chicken restaurant Mon Petit Poulet has closed its locations in Venice and downtown after three years.
Longtime Mar Vista Indian restaurant Hurry Curry has closed its doors after 35 years on Venice Boulevard.