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Larchmont Chronicle NOVEMBER 2018
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Larchmont’s oldest restaurant location still going strong
By Talia Abrahamson Running on 36 years, Chan Dara has witnessed over three decades of Larchmont’s transformations, making it the longest-lived restaurant on the boulevard. Bhasuwongse (“Vavy”) and Sukhum (“Ken”) Kittivech opened the neighborhood Thai restaurant in 1983. They bought the 310 N. Larchmont Blvd. lot the year before from Vartkes and Alice Anivian, who had been leasing the property to a Japanese country restaurant, and before that a French restaurant, La Tremiere, that opened in 1978, making this location the longest continually operating restaurant on the Boulevard. [See the Chronicle’s 1978 restaurant review on p. 6. -Ed.] After 11 months of remodel to the building’s interior, the Kittivechs opened their Larchmont location of Chan Dara. Its sister Thai restaurant, Chan Darae, opened
CUSTOMERS Dr. Mark Chilingar, Richard Craigo and Dr. George V. Chilingar enjoy lunch at Chan Dara.
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in 1976 on Cahuenga Boulevard [just north of Sunset Boulevard, now closed]. “My first partner and I, when we opened that first location, and business was very good, we looked for another location close by. We found this place for sale. We own the building. My partner and I, the first one, thought it was a good opportunity to get here,” Vavy Kit-
tivech said. At the time, the Kittivechs, Thai natives, were living in Northridge. They moved into Hancock Park shortly after opening the Larchmont location as they fell in love with the community supporting their restaurant. “This area is a very old area, and the restaurant looked like a little house. That’s what I
like — very unique and homey,” Vavy Kittivech said. Ken Kittivech passed away in 2006, but in 2000, Vavy hired chef Buzz Fukutomi as her copartner. Fukutomi is a trained baker who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. Most of their Thai cooking has remained the same since the restaurant’s founding. Customer favorites, such as tom yum goong (a hot and sour shrimp soup), and the chicken basil and chili, have the same flavors as over 30 years ago. Similarly, most of their customer base consists of repeat customers. Dr. George V. Chilingar has frequented the establishment since its first year. “This is the best Thai restaurant in town. The best. I come here day and night,” Chilingar said. “It’s improving all the time, and I think the owners are super.” As much as Chan Dara has stayed the same, Fukutomi
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and Kittivech also believe that the restaurant should evolve with their customers’ changing tastes and preferences. As a result, the menu now includes many more seafood options, like the grilled Chilean sea bass and seafood paella. “We’re just a neighborhood place. [We] produce quality products, stay consistent, don’t try to cut corners. The profit margin is a lot lower, but it’s better just to keep people happy. We’ve been here long enough,” Fukutomi said. “We try to create all good food and good ambience as contributions to the community. We love Larchmont. Hopefully the people on Larchmont love us also. It’s a give-and-take,” Kittivech said. The largest change to occur at the restaurant will be Kittivech’s retirement. She is planning to transfer control of Chan Dara to Fukutomi, marking the end of an era for the establishment’s original owners. Others with tenure Chan Dara will remain, however, the neighborhood’s homey Thai restaurant, and the Boulevard’s oldest restaurant. Marking its 30th anniversary this year, Le Petit Greek is the second-oldest restaurant on the boulevard. Owners Tom and Dimitri Houndalas opened the Greek restaurant at 127 N. Larchmont Blvd. as an extension of their family’s culinary business. The restaurant grew from 10 tables in 1988 to include their signature outdoor patio in 1997, and they now continue to expand their volume through the rise of “to go” orders from direct calls (Please turn to page 6)
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COVER: AT CHAN DARA restaurant with the staff of the Larchmont Chronicle. Clockwise from left: Billy Taylor, Caroline Tracy, Rachel Olivier, John Welborne, Pam Rudy, Jill Miyamoto, Tom Hofer, and Suzan Filipek. Photo by Bill Devlin
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By Julia Stier Musso & Frank Grill (commonly called Musso’s), 6667 Hollywood Blvd., is a living piece of Hollywood history — even a famous silent film star dined here. Now this historic restaurant is gearing up for its 100th anniversary next September with plans for a celebration. But there are plenty of reasons to dine there for your own celebrations now. Musso’s first opened Sept. 27, 1919, as Frank’s Café, under the ownership of Frank Toulet. When Toulet later partnered with restaurateur Joseph Musso, the restaurant took on its current name. In 1972, Joseph Carissimi and John Mosso (not to be con-
fused with Musso) prise wedding took purchased the resplace in Musso’s taurant. Today, phone booth — Musso’s is run by the oldest public the families of Mostelephone in Los so’s three grandAngeles. A priest, a daughters. bride in a full wedFor the past ding gown, and the a l m o s t - c e n t u r y, groom gathered in Musso’s has served the booth. “They as a second home did the ceremony to many. Celebrities and everything,” and regular Angesaid Echeverria. lenos alike flock to TA Musso’s counts T AT, Musso’s, scooting Must-have martini is movie stars among into their red leath- stirred, not shaken. its fans as well. er and mahogany Marilyn Monroe booths to share meals, stories, had a favorite booth, and siand even some of life’s biggest lent film star Mary Pickford moments. brought the original recipe for General manager Mark Ech- fettuccine Alfredo to Musso’s everria recalls the day a sur- longtime master chef, Jean Rue. One must-have at Musso’s is ettle ic off, tree lighting o their famous martini. “What Help the Salvation Army makes ours unique is how we ring in the holiday season serve it,” said Echeverria. “We with live music, sing-alongs stir it, we don’t shake it. James and the lighting of the FarmBond got it wrong.” ers Market Christmas tree at Details about the upcoming the Original Farmers Market, centennial celebration are still 6333 W. Third St., Tues., Nov. A will be lit under wraps. However, Ech27 starting at 5 p.m. everria shared that they will Dec. 2. All activities at the Kettle honor “every element that is Kick-off are free and take place ant Lego menorah Sun., Dec. involved in the restaurant — on the Market Plaza. Guest 2 from 2:30 to 5:15 p.m. from the staff and our family, will be Chef Curtis Stone and Activities will include arts and to our VIP regulars who come wife, actress Lindsay Price. crafts and live entertainment. in and who have supported us Come back to the Market For more information, visit for decades and decades, to the Plaza for the lighting of the gi- farmersmarketla.com. city that is our home.”
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Darlene and Ron Salisbury — once denizens of Lucerne Blvd. and participants in Wilshire Baseball — moved with their young son down to Newport Beach a number of years ago. Brendon now is 30. Nevertheless, the flagship of the longtime business has Ron and Brendon coming back to the Larchmont Chronicle’s neighborhoods often.
Ron’s grandparents, Alejandro and Rosa Borquez, opened the first El Cholo Café in 1923 (as Sonora Café) at the corner of what was then Santa Barbara and Moneta Avenues (now Martin Luther King Blvd. and Broadway) near what is now the Memorial Coliseum. In 1927, Ron’s mom and dad, Aurelia Borquez Salisbury and George Salisbury, opened their own El Cholo Café on Western Ave., across the street from the present location, which is a much-remodeled former bungalow to which the restaurant moved in 1931. As Ron wrote recently, “I am happy to report it is still there and thriving quite well.” That is an understatement. El Cholo on Western Ave., with its historic neon sign that still alerts motorists to the “El Cholo Spanish Café,” very much remains the wonderful place that thousands of local families remember as part of their lives. Our publisher has been eating there regularly since before age 3. Still in the family “Personally, at 85 years old and never having known life without El Cholo, it has been
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By Suzan Filipek El Cholo celebrated its 95th birthday Oct. 23, serving its alltime bestseller, the No. 1 combinacione — cheese enchilada and rolled beef taco with refried beans and Spanish beans — for its 1938 price, 95 cents. The restaurants’ (there now are six) legendary green corn tamales, made with corn off the cob, cheddar cheese and Ortega chile, were on the menu back in 1923, the year the restaurant opened. And, just like back then, the green corn tamales are served seasonally — from May to October. Local diners can take a culinary walk down memory lane at the Western Avenue original of the family-owned restaurant business. Peruse the menu: homemade flour tortilla (1923), crabmeat enchilada (1971) and filet mignon tacos (2009). El Cholo owners and former Windsor Square neighbors,
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Tequila tasting at Antonio’s offers wide choices, is fun By Amy and Jim Cuomo Angelenos tend to love their Mexican food, and Los Angeles is home to numerous fantastic options specializing in this regional cuisine, each serving a variety of styles from Oaxacan to Monterrey, Tex-Mex and more. At a recent Saturday dinner with our dear friends Dia and Ray Schuldenfrei, we decided, however, to let the tequila help us choose our destination. With a website boasting a staggering number of tequila choices, including some home-made varietals of this agave-based liquor, we opted to head to Antonio’s. This festively-decorated restaurant has existed on Melrose since 1970, although Antonio originally opened his restaurant in 1956. After selecting a large semicircular booth in the front area, not suprisingly near the bar, we each began by ordering a different margarita including the house, a Cadillac, a mango and a mezcal. For those who love a smoky finish to their tequila, the mezcal is your friend. But the house margarita finished first with our group of four as we found both the mango and Cadillac, made with Grand Marnier, to be a bit sweet for our liking. Lest we find ourselves consuming merely a liquid dinner, we ordered the guacamole, a freshly-mashed avocado with a hint of lemon and salt. The simple plate was tasty and a perfect accompaniment to our beverages. The salsas were also house-made, and the chunkier salsa made with fresh onion, cilantro and jalapeno was a good complement to the guacamole and chips. House-made choices Prior to getting down to the business of ordering our meals, we previously had decided that — to adequately perform our tequila-tasting mission — we needed to sample all three of the house-made tequilas on offer. We discovered that the tequilas are not made in-house at Antonio’s, but they are hand-selected by management, including Antonio Gutiérrez himself, who, according to our waiter, tastes a variety of small batch tequilas sourced from Jalisco, Mexico, the state where the city of Tequila is located. Tequila #1 We began by each sharing the silver variety, offered at $10 a shot. The bartender poured an extremely generous sample, and we were each able to take more than one sip of what we collectively found to be a smooth taste without the typical bite that one experiences with many popular, well-advertised brands in the U.S. Realizing that a mere order C
sides, namely Spanish rice and ground beef. The latter was ordered by the only non-native Californian at the group, an East Coast transplant still learning the ways of our favored Southern California fare. We all sampled the molé, lovers of which know is ANTONIO GUTIÉRREZ opened his origi- a spice-rich sauce, made often with up nal restaurant in 1956. to 30 ingredients. of chips and guacamole was For those who love this flavorsurely not enough to sustain ful traditional dish, Antonio’s our continued tequila-laden version is delectable, with a pursuit, we each ordered our strong cinnamon finish. Ironientree, including the tradi- cally, the simple sides were tional molé chicken, a Yolan- collectively our next favorda’s special, the highlight be- ite items, the rice being very ing the chile relleno which is good, and not dry, as many served alongside a taco and versions often are of this staenchilada, a vegetarian tosta- ple, and the ground beef was 1 19/10/2018 21:38 perfectly. da, and Ad_Larchmont_Print(blue).pdf a meal consisting of flavored
Tequila #2 With a few bites of our meals savored, we were ready for tequila #2, the reposado. At $12 a shot, this tequila is aged in an oak barrel for six to seven months, which creates an extremely smooth liquor. Tequila #3 With margaritas and two healthy samplings down, we now were well on our way to feeling good, and we decided to jump straight in to tequila #3, the añejo. Aged one-anda-half to two years, this caramel-colored tequila, not surprisingly, showcases hints of caramel and is a flavorful $15 option. Our tequila experience was heightened by a visit from the restaurant’s wonderful mariachi duo, each boasting a great singing voice, one playing the guitar, the other playing a not-oft-seen in restaurants bongo. As our meal continued to
serve as a lovely backdrop to what had become a night of tequila tasting, we decided to share desserts before voting on our favorite tequila selection. We shared one of each of their offerings, fried bananas, cheesecake and flan. Each was good, but the tequila was better, and we made sure that each of our very large shots of tequila was consumed, including a revisit to each one. Decision time for our quartet, and the voting came down to Ray preferring the silver tequila, Jim and Amy the reposado, and Dia the añejo. We are pretty sure someone ordered a Mexican coffee, spiked with, you-guessed-it, tequila, as well as Kahlua, at the conclusion of this tasty, and enormously fun, meal, and we are sure it was equally delicious. However, after all that tequila, no one can say for certain. Next time we will try the Mexican coffee first.
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(Continued from page 2) and delivery services. Javier Prado opened Prado in 1991 at 224 N. Larchmont Blvd. Through its 27 years, Prado has changed its menu items, including new empanada, enchilada and paella recipes, but maintained its distinctive Caribbean-cuisine flavors. “In the last few years, Larchmont has changed to a more younger crowd. But a lot of older people like my food,” Prado said. “I guess because it’s a family restaurant. My son and I, we run it, and with some other people in the kitchen, we’re like a family.” Former favorites In what is now Erin McKenna’s Bakery at 236 N. Larchmont Blvd., Café Chapeau used to whip up coffee and fried eggs. The coffee shop and casual diner welcomed residents with a collection of hats hanging on the wall and fast and filling comfort food. That location had previously been the Han–Lene Village Coffee Shop, which was the successor to what well may have been the Boulevard’s first dining establishment, the Windsor Village Coffee Shop. Replacing Mrs. Paone’s catering business at 225 N. Larchmont Blvd., Girasole cooked up gnocchi, ravioli and farfalle. Owner Ermanno Tolot and the Tolot family ran the Italian café until 2014 and handed over the space to the Vernetti family, which kept much of the same staff and favorite menu items when it opened in 2015.
From 1997 to 2010, brothers Serge and Roland Peri and their cousin Jerome Peri ran Café Du Village, a quaint French restaurant at 139 N. Larchmont Blvd., which had a small back patio. Café du Village’s predecessor was Daryl Trainor Twerdahl’s popular Village Catering Company, which also had eat-in tables in its space that previously housed Peter Dennis Catering. La Luna closed its doors in 2007 at 113 N. Larchmont Blvd., where Le Pain Quotidien now operates for breakfast and lunch. La Luna was a popular neighborhood trattoria that served authentic Italian dishes. Renaissance paintings covered the walls, and wood chairs and candlelit tables provided a certain cozy ambiance. Today’s Larchmont restaurants and their predecessors are a part of providing the homey, neighborhood feel so appreciated by all their customers. Talia Abrahamson is a junior at Marlborough School.
‘Dear Evan Hansen’ plays the lottery The Tony Award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen” began selling some of its tickets via a digital lottery in October. The show about a teenager with social anxiety who writes letters to himself is at the Ahmanson Theatre through Sun., Nov. 25. The Center Theatre Group’s lottery system will notify winners via email. When selected, winners can purchase up to two tickets at $25 each. For more information, visit centertheatregroup.org.
Remembering French restaurant La Tremiere Before Chan Dara, Prado and Le Petit Greek, there was La Tremiere. The French restaurant opened in the present Chan Dara location in 1978. The chef hailed from the Ambassador Hotel, which is also gone. The accompanying review was published in the Larchmont Chronicle in November 1978.
Above: FORMER FRENCH restaurant in 1978 Larchmont Chronicle advertisement. Below: REVIEW of that restaurant in the November 1978 Chronicle.
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Talk, screening on 3-D with Charles Phoenix
A talk and screening, “Charles Phoenix & the Third Dimension,” is Sat., Dec. 15 at the Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St. The event is in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition “3D: Double Vision” and is part of the 15th annual LA 3-D Movie Festival. Retro pop-culturist and author Phoenix celebrates a century of classic and kitschy American life and style in 3-D. “3D: Double Vision” is on view at LACMA until March 31, 2019.
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Heidi Duckler Dance’s 33rd annual gala will honor fearless female leaders. “To Think is an Act, To Feel is a Fact” is Sat., Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Cooper Design Space, 860 S. Los Angeles St., #1100. City Dept. of Transportation general manager Seleta Reynolds will receive the Social Impact Award. Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science special assistant to the president for community relations, Sylvia Drew Ivie, will receive the Social Impact Award. For tickets visit hdd33gala.eventbrite.com.
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March of Dimes celebrated chef Nancy Silverton, of Windsor Square and the Mozza restaurants, for her contributions to, and passion for, culinary excellence at the Signature Chefs Auction, Oct. 11 at SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. At the fundraiser to support the health of women and babies, 20 chefs prepared and served at a stand-up tasting and seated-dessert program. “Our event is a great opportunity to experience a unique tasting of signature dishes from local rising stars and master chefs,” says Amy Dittmore, senior development manager for March of Dimes Greater Los Angeles. A multiple nominee of the James Beard Foundation, Nancy Silverton has been a JBF winner of “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America,” Outstanding Pastry Chef (both 1991) and Outstanding Restaurant (2001). More
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recently, in 2014, Silverton received the highest honor given by the James Beard Foundation for “Outstanding Chef.” She was also listed as one of the Most Innovative Women in “Food and Drink” in Fortune’s “Food and Wine Magazine.” Chefs supporting the fundraiser were: Holly Irvin, The Bazaar by Jose Andres; Timothy Hollingsworth, Otium; Yoya
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New spot serves Mediterranean small plates, wine al fresco
When I first moved to Los Angeles in the ’80s from the frigid East Coast, I was shocked to find that this mildweather paradise had few restaurants with al fresco dining. In Boston, the moment the thermometer reached 70, the tables and chairs came out and balanced haphazardly on the uneven brick walkways, to broad smiles and few complaints. One of the notable Los Angeles exceptions was Sofi, a Greek restaurant on West Third Street, with an expansive outdoor patio. The Southland has since ful-
ly embraced outdoor dining, but Sofi itself recently closed after more than 40 years in the same spot. With such good real estate, it wasn’t long before another restaurant stepped up to fill the void. Bacari revamped the already lovely venue and brought it up to par with the trendiest eateries on this most trendy street. The entrance remains nearly hidden — a covered stone walkway wedged between two storefronts, the path leading to a romantic patio, a secret garden in the midst
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priced plates (virtually everything is $9 or $10, with a few outliers up to $14) and the ample wine selections (5- and 8-ounce pours; most bottles $44-$56) make it easy to linger and order just one more without breaking the bank. Seven dishes were enough to satisfy the four of us. With other locations in Glendale, Playa del Rey, and University Park, Bacari seemed to have few of the hiccups associated with a new restaurant opening. Online we requested a patio table; we got it. Service was casual, but attentive, and our waiter knew the menu well and the ingredients of the dishes. Plate arrivals were paced such that we weren’t inundated with everything at once, which is an annoyingly common occurrence elsewhere. And the food? Eminently enjoyable — with a few offerings that were spot on and had us licking the plates. It’s ostensibly Italian — the menu calls the dishes “cicchetti” (small plates) and there are pizzas, polenta, pasta, and bruschetta — but Israeli chef
Lior Hillel infuses his cuisine with the tastes of home. Chopped chicken liver with wine-braised date tahini and fresh baked challah was terrific; the sweet date mixture added a wonderful Middle Eastern flair to the savory liver. Caramelized Brussels sprouts with pomegranate molasses and crème fraiche was similarly balanced by the sweet note, also harkening back to the chef’s roots. Corn seems to be having a moment in the culinary world — from Mexican street versions with mayonnaise and cotija cheese to cold pureed soups with lump crab — but Bacari’s corn beurre fondue that accompanied seared scallops was so good it stole the sweet seafood’s thunder. I could have eaten a giant bowl of it. Another favorite was the lamb-stuffed eggplant. Two slices of eggplant sandwiched a finely-chopped mixture of lamb and herbs, all drizzled with a fresh lemon garlic emulsion. Pan-fried, it melded into a perfect package of Mediterranean tastes. Bacari, 8030 W. 3rd St., 323-452-9149.
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Hope Lutheran Church, 6720 Melrose Ave., celebrates 76 years with music and an Oktoberfest luncheon Sun., Nov. 4. The festivities, free and open to the public, begin at 10:30 a.m. with music during the worship service followed by the Oktoberfest celebration in the courtyard with appetizers, pretzels and beer at 11:40 a.m. and luncheon in the social hall at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 323-938-9135 or visit hopelutheranchurch.net.
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Dining Guide - Fall 2018 Eateries abound in and around the neighborhood There are many dining choices 323-466-1193 in our community, and even Hours: Mon. to Sat., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. more in the surrounding areas. KIKU SUSHI The following list is a mere 246 N. Larchmont Blvd. sample of what’s available. (If 323-464-1323 you find that a favorite was Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. overlooked, please let us know at LARCHMONT VILLAGE firstname.lastname@example.org.) WINE, SPIRITS & Note: The Original Farmers CHEESE Market is at 6333 W. Third St. 223 N. Larchmont Blvd. The Grove is next door at 189 The 323-856-8699 Grove Dr. larchmontvillagewine.com Larchmont Boulevard Hours: Mon. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN
139 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd. 113 N. Larchmont 323-366-1007 323-461-7701 bardonna.com lepainquotidien.com Hours: Mon. to Fri., 6 a.m. to 7 Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LE PETIT GREEK BRICKS & SCONES 127 N. Larchmont Blvd. 403 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-464-5160 323-463-0811 lepetitgreek.com bricksandscones.com Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Hours: Mon. to Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 8 LEMONADE p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 626 N. Larchmont Blvd. BURGER LOUNGE 323-464-0700 217 N. Larchmont Blvd. lemonadela.com 323-462-2310 Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. burgerlounge.com LOUISE’S TRATTORIA Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 10:30 a.m. 232 N. Larchmont Blvd. to 9:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10:30 323-962-9510 a.m. to 10 p.m. louises.com CAFÉ GRATITUDE Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 639 N. Larchmont Blvd. 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 323-580-6383 10:30 p.m. and Sun., 10:30 a.m. to cafegratitude.com 9:30 p.m. Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. MR. HOLMES
310 N. Larchmont Blvd. 248 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-467-1052 213-712-6308 chandararestaurants.com mrholmesbakehouse.com Hours: Mon. to Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 5 to 9:30 p.m.
tacostumadre.com ANARKALI INDIAN Hours: Mon. to Fri., 11 a.m. to 10 125 N. Larchmont Blvd. RESTAURANT p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. 323-856-0369 7013 Melrose Ave. THRIFTY ICE CREAM Hours: Mon. to Sat., 11:30 a.m. to 10 323-934-6488 AT RITE AID p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. anarkali-la.com 226 N. Larchmont Blvd. NOAH’S BAGELS Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. 323-467-1366 250 N. Larchmont Blvd. ANGELINI OSTERIA riteaid.com 323-466-2924 7313 Beverly Blvd. Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. noahs.com 323-297-0070 VERNETTI Hours: Mon. to Fri., 5 a.m. to 5 angeliniosteria.com 225 N. Larchmont Blvd. p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours: Mon. to Thurs., noon to 323-798-5886 PRADO RESTAURANT 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., vernetti.la Fri. from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 244 N. Larchmont Blvd. Hours: Tues. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. 5:30 to 11 p.m., Sat., 5 to 11 p.m.; 323-467-3871 to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 11 p.m.; Sun., 5 to 10:30 p.m. pradola.com Hours: Mon. to Fri., 11:30 a.m. to Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5:30 ANIMAL 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Sat., to 11 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. 435 N. Fairfax Ave. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 11 p.m. 323-782-9225 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 4:30 to 10 p.m.
201 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-464-5800 pressedjuicery.com Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
SALT AND STRAW
131 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-465-5566 villagepizzeria.net Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun., noon to 9 p.m.
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240 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-466-0485 saltandstraw.com Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
6TH & LA BREA BREWERY & RESTAURANT
154 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-469-1249 Hours: Mon. to Sat., 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
135 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-465-6040 sweetfinpoke.com Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.
TACOS TU MADRE
203 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-499-1143
animalrestaurant.com Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 6 to 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 6 to 11 p.m. Brunch is Sat. and Sun., 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
ANTEQUERA DE OAXACA
5200 Melrose Ave. 323-466-1101 Hours: Fri. to Wed. 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
7470 Melrose Ave. 600 S. La Brea Ave. 323-658-9060 323-998-8565 antoniosonmelrose.com 6thlabrea.com Hours: Tues. to Fri., 11 a.m. to Hours: Mon. to Wed., 11:30 a.m. to 11p.m.; Sat., noon to 11 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Thurs. to Sat., 11:30 a.m. to Sun., noon to 10 p.m. midnight; Sun., 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
ALL ABOUT THE BREAD 7111 Melrose Ave.
323-930-8989 allaboutthebread.com Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL
8700 Third St. 310-859-9859 aocwinebar.com Hours: Mon., 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tues. to Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
5176 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-2823 apolloniaspizzeria.com Hours: Tues. and Fri., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., noon to 9 p.m.
301 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-978-2047 chipotle.com Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
ERIN MCKENNA’S BAKERY
236 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-462-2292 erinmckennasbakery.com Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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230 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-380-5359 ggetla.com Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
5601 Melrose Ave. 323-469-1924 astroburger.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 7 a.m. to midnight, Fri. and Sat., 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sun., 9 a.m. to midnight.
150 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-843-4920 groundworkcoffee.com Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
532 S. Western Ave. 213-387-2337 beerbellyla.com Hours: Mon. and Tues., 5 to 11 p.m.; Wed. and Thurs., 5 p.m. to midnight; Fri. and Sat., 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
122 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-378-5720 jambajuice.com Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
8412 W. 3rd St. 323-852-0642 berrisla.com Hours: 10 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. daily.
123 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-745-0407 jenis.com Hours: noon to 11 p.m. daily.
206 N. Western Ave. 323-466-4860 biergartenla.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 4 p.m. to midnight, Fri., 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat., noon to 2 a.m. and Sun., noon to midnight.
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Larchmont Chronicle’s 323-933-7675 6610 Melrose Ave. dellaterrarestaurant.com 323-297-1133 CAFÉ VERONA BLACK DOG COFFEE Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. chispacca.com 201 S. La Brea Ave. 5657 Wilshire Blvd. Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 6 to 10 323-934-6188 DRAGO RISTORANTE 323-933-1976 p.m.; Fri., 6 to 11 p.m.; Sat., 5 to 11 cafeveronala.com 6060 Wilshire Blvd. blackdogcoffee.com p.m.; Sun., 5 to 10 p.m. 323-800-2244 Hours: Mon. to Fri., 7 a.m. to 6 Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to CHIPOTLE MEXICAN 9:30 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; dragoristorante.com p.m. and Sat. and Sun., 8 a.m. to GRILL Sat., 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun., 9 a.m. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 4 p.m. 7101 Melrose Ave. to 9:30 p.m. DU-PAR’S BLU JAM CAFÉ 323-297-0334 CALIFORNIA Farmers Market 7371 Melrose Ave. chipotle.com 323-933-8446 CHICKEN CAFÉ blujamcafe.com Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. dupars.net 6805 Melrose Ave. 323-951-9191 COFFEE+FOOD CAFE Du-Par’s Restaurant is open 24 323-935-5877 Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. 5630 Melrose Ave. hours a day, 365 days a year. califchickencafe.com BLUDSO’S 323-962-3390 EAST INDIA GRILL Hours: Mon. to Sat., 10:45 a.m. to BAR AND QUE coffeeplusfood.wordpress.com 10 p.m. 1245 S. Fairfax Ave. 609 N. La Brea Ave. Hours: Mon. to Fri., 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 323-936-8844 CANDELA 323- 931-2583 Sat. and Sun., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. eastindiagrillla.com 831 S. La Brea Ave. barandque.com/bludsos COFFEE FOR Hours: Sun. to Wed., 10:30 a.m. to 323-936-0533 Hours: Mon. to Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10:30 a.m. SASQUATCH candelatacobar.com 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m., Sat., noon 7020 Melrose Ave. to 11 p.m. Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Sun., 4 to to 10 p.m. and Sun., noon to 8 p.m. 323-424-7980 11 p.m.; Wed., 11:30 a.m. to midnight. EATZ BUCA DI BEPPO coffeeforsasquatch.com Fri. and Sat., 4 p.m. to midnight. 612 N. La Brea Ave. Farmers Market Hours: Mon. to Sat., 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 323-935-3289 CANTER’S DELI 323-370-6560 Sun., 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. eatzla.com 419 N. Fairfax Ave. bucadibeppo.com COMMERSON Hours: Check website for class 323-651-2030 Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 10 788 S. La Brea Ave. schedule. cantersdeli.com p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 323-813-3000 Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 6 a.m. THE EDMON BUSBY’S EAST commersonrestaurant.com to 3 a.m.; Fri. and Sat., open 24 5168 Melrose Ave. 5364 Wilshire Blvd. Hours: Tues. to Fri., 5 p.m. to 11 hours. Online ordering always 323-645-5225 323-823-4890 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 available. theedmon.com busbysla.com p.m. to midnight; Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 5 p.m. to CARDAMOM Hours: Mon. to Fri., 5 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. midnight. Fri. and Sat., 5 p.m. to 7233 Beverly Blvd. a.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun., 10 DARKROOM 1 a.m. 323-936-1000 a.m. to 2 p.m. 7302 Melrose Ave. cardamomla.com EL CARTEL C+M 323-931-3800 5515 Wilshire Blvd. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 (COFFEE AND MILK) Hours: Mon. to Fri., 2 p.m. to 2 323-931-1281 to 10:30 p.m. daily. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. a.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun., eldinerla.com CHEESECAKE FACTORY 323-857-4761 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. The Grove patinagroup.com/cm-lacma DESANO PIZZA BAKERY 323-634-0511 EL CHOLO Hours: Mon., Tues. and Thurs., 11 4959 Santa Monica Blvd. thecheesecakefactory.com 1121 S. Western Ave. a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 323-913-7000 Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. 323-734-2773 and Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. desanopizza.com to 11 p.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 elcholo.com CAFÉ JACK Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. a.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Hours: Sun. and Mon., 11 a.m. to 9 508 S. Western Ave. DELLA TERRA Sun., 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. p.m., Tues. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 10 213-365-8882 7675 Beverly Blvd. p.m. Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. CHI SPACCA Hours: Sun. to Thurs., noon to 1
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EL COYOTE CAFÉ 7312 Beverly Blvd. 323-9392255 elcoyotecafe.com Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
EL POLLO LOCO
5001 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-7171 elpolloloco.com Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 1260 N. Vine St. 323-464-0860 Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
7615 Beverly Blvd. 323-932-6178 escuelataqueria.com Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
323-933-9211 farmersmarketla.com Hours: Mon. to Fri., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
5001 Wilshire Blvd., #103 323-939-9593 fatburger.com Hours: Sun. to Tues., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Wed. to Thurs., 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to midnight.
FIN ASIAN TAPAS
5750 Melrose Ave. 323-579-1501 finasiantapas.com Hours: Tues. to Sat., 5 to 11 p.m.; Sun. and Mon., 5 to 10 p.m.
FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES
5550 Wilshire Blvd., #101D 323-939-2360 fiveguys.com Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
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midnight; Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to to midnight. Farmers Market 2 a.m.; Sun., noon to 11 p.m. LE PETIT MARCHÉ 323-934-3113 (Please turn to page 27) HUNGRY CAT 5665 Melrose Ave. frenchcrepe.com 1535 Vine St. 323-380-6557 Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 7:30 a.m. to 323-462-2155 lepetitmarche.com 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 7:30 a.m. to 10 thehungrycat.com Hours: 7 a.m. to midnight daily. p.m.; Sun., 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours: Mon. to Fri., 5 to 10 p.m.; LITTLE BAR LOUNGE THE GROVE Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun., 11 757 S. La Brea Ave. 323-900-8080 a.m. to 10 p.m. 323-937-9210 thegrovela.com HWANG HAE DO littlebarlounge.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 10 a.m. to Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 5:30 p.m. to KOREAN BBQ 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 10 2 a.m.; Fri. to Sun., 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. 429 N. Western Ave., #7 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 323-468-3839 If GUELAGETZA This is a pull quote. Hours: ungroup Mon. to Sat.,it 11 a.m. to 11 LUCIFER’S PIZZA 3014 W. Olympic Blvd. necessary, 7123 Melrose Ave. p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 213-427-0608 and make it wider and 323-906-8603 JONalways & VINNY’S ilovemole.com or/shorter, but luciferspizza.com 412 N. Fairfax Ave Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 9 a.m. to 10 move the accompanying Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. 323-334-3369 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat., rules to line jonandvinnys.com up with the LUCY’S EL ADOBE 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. to top and bottom edges 5536 Melrose Ave. Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 10 p.m. of the textKALI box.RESTAURANT 323-462-9421 HEARTH AND HOUND Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. 5722 Melrose Ave. 6530 Sunset Blvd. to 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 11:30 a.m. 323-871-4160 323-320-4022 to 11 p.m. kalirestaurant.com thehearthandhound.com LULU’S CAFÉ Hours: Tues. to Thurs., 6 to 10 Hours: Mon. to Fri., noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.; Sat., 6 to 10 p.m., 7149 Beverly Blvd. p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 6 to 11 p.m. 323-938-6095 HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU Sun., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. luluscafe.la KASS 3901 W. 6th St. Hours: Mon. to Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 4 320 S. La Brea Ave. 213-568-3573 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 310-985-2437 hereslookingatyoula.com M CAFÉ Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 6 to 10 p.m.; Hours: Opening soon. 7119 Melrose Ave. Fri. 6 to 11 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 a.m. to KISMET 323-525-0588 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 11 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 4648 Hollywood Blvd. mcafedechaya.com a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. 323-409-0404 Hours: Mon. to Sat., 9 a.m. to 10 kismetlosangeles.com HMS BOUNTY p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hours: Mon. to Wed., 11 a.m. to 10 3357 Wilshire Blvd. p.m.; Thurs. and Fri., 11 a.m. to 11 M GRILL 213-385-7275 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun., 3832 Wilshire Blvd. thehmsbounty.com 213-389-2770 Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 1 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. m-grill.com a.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; LALA’S ARGENTINE Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. Sun., noon to 1 a.m. GRILL to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri., HOT WINGS CAFÉ 7229 Melrose Ave. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 7011 Melrose Ave. 323-934-6838 9:30 p.m.; Sat., 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.; 323-930-1233 lalasgrill.com
Farmers Market 323-938-4127 mageeskitchen.com Hours: Mon. to Sat., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY
The Grove 323-965-9665 maggianos.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
6001 Melrose Ave. 323-466-8812 marinorestaurant.com Hours: Mon. to Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Sat., 5 to 10 p.m.
MARIO’S PERUVIAN & SEAFOOD
meshuga4sushi.com Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat., 8 p.m. to midnight; Sun., noon to 9 p.m.
MILK BAR LA
7150 Melrose Ave. 323-297-3250 milkbarstore.com Hours: Sun., Tues., Wed., 11 a.m. to midnight; Thurs. to Sat., 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
MOLLY MALONE’S IRISH PUB
575 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-935-1577 mollymalonesla.com Hours: Mon. to Fri., 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sat. and Sun., noon to 2 a.m.
MUSSO AND FRANK GRILL
6667 Hollywood Blvd. 323-467-7788 mussoandfrank.com Hours: Tues. to Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sun., 4 to 9 p.m.
5786 Melrose Ave 323-466-4181 NIGHT + MARKET SONG mariosperuvianseafood.com 3322 W. Sunset Blvd. Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. 323-665-5899 to 8 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 11:30 nightmarketsong.com a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Hours: Mon. to Fri., noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m.; Sat., 5 to 11 p.m. MARMALADE CAFE Farmers Market ODYS + PENELOPE 323-954-0088 127 S. La Brea Ave. marmaladecafe.com 323-939-1033 Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 9 a.m. to 10 odysandpenelope.com p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hours: Mon. to Thurs., 6 to 10 p.m., Fri., 6 to 10:30 p.m., Sat. is 10 a.m. MEALS BY GENET to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. 1053 S. Fairfax Ave. and Sun. is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 323-938-9304 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. mealsbygenetla.com Hours: Thurs. to Sat., 5:30 to 10 OFF VINE RESTAURANT p.m., Sun., 5:30 to 9 p.m. 6263 Leland Way 323-962-1900 MESHUGA 4 SUSHI offvine.com 526 N. La Brea Ave. 323-964-9985 (Please turn to page 12)
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Top dog in town: Pink’s gets its own square “high-quality, ethically raised and sustainably sourced meat.” 7. Feeling beastly without your morning cup of Joe? Pop into the modern and chic Coffee for Sasquatch, 7020 Melrose Ave., where they serve enough coffee to keep even Bigfoot caffeinated. 8. Head around the corner and walk south down La Brea, and you’ll find Eatz, 612 N. La Brea Ave. 9. For some classic Texasstyle barbecue, cross La Brea and walk on over to Bludso’s Bar & Que, 609 N. La Brea. 10. Bludso’s northern neighbor is Pizza Romana, 615 N. La Brea Ave. 11. Back north of Melrose, west of Chipotle, is Tatsu Ramen, 7111 Melrose Ave. 12. Next in line is All About the Bread, also 7111 Melrose. 13. M Café occupies 7617 and 7119 Melrose Ave. 14. Next door is Lucifers
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Pizza, 7123 Melrose Ave. 15. Cater-corner across both Melrose and Detroit is the newly-opened Milk Bar Bakery, 7150 Melrose Ave. 16. End your eating escapade with a little entertainment at The Plaza, which sits just north of Pink’s at 739 N. La Brea Ave., and is celebrating 45 years of sequin-gowned female impersonators and still being “cash only.”
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By Julia Stier A popular local landmark — now 78 years old and still managed by the founding family — is well known for its creatively named dishes and famous patrons. On Sept. 27, it secured its status as a Hollywood icon. The City of Los Angeles honored Pink’s Hot Dogs by designating the intersection of Melrose and La Brea Avenues as “Pink’s Square.” The designation ceremony was a “very big and wonderful event,” said Beverly Pink Wolfe, who owns and operates the family business with brother Richard Pink and his wife Gloria. She praised it as a “historical and memorable occasion” for her family. Pink’s has been serving up unique creations for nearly eight decades, and Beverly said they have no intention of stopping anytime soon. Signed headshots of their more famous clientele line the walls, including the likes of Will Ferrell, and, of course, the pop star Pink! On a recent afternoon, customer Emma Herrera, who was enjoying her own Pink’s dog, said she hadn’t heard of the designation, but approved of the idea. “Pink’s has been here for so long that I think having a corner designated to Pink’s is actually kind of cool,” she said. Herrera recalled her own first visit to this popular landmark, when she and her sister ventured out to Melrose for a day of shopping. “Pink’s is famous, and we wanted to come and try it.” While the corner is named for Pink’s, they have plenty of culinary neighbors also serving dining choices, from savory to sweet, vegan to all-meat. Following is an update to the June 2018 Larchmont Chronicle story by Rachel Olivier and John Welborne that described the many food-related establishments around La Brea and Melrose Avenues, between Waring Avenue and Clinton Street, and between Detroit Street and Sycamore Avenue; 1. First up, of course, is Pink’s itself, located at 709 N. La Brea Ave. 2. Pink’s neighbor to the south is the quick-service Chipotle Mexican Grill, 7101 Melrose Ave. 3. Heading east on Melrose, crossing La Brea, you’ll find Tsuri Sushi and Sake Bar, 7015 Melrose Ave. 4. Next door, at Anarkali Indian Restaurant, 7013 Melrose Ave., an oasis of authentic Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine awaits. The restaurant has been in business for 38 years. 5. Finishing up this trio of restaurants on the north side of Melrose, east of La Brea, is Hot Wing’s Café, 7011 Melrose Ave. 6. Across Melrose at 7016 Melrose Ave. is Standing’s Butchery, where you can pick up
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Chinese-born, international artist and activist Ai Weiwei was in Windsor Square for the unveiling of the new exhibit of his work at the Marciano Art Foundation (MAF). Traditional Chinese kite making techniques give the work, complete with animal heads from the zodiac and suspended mythical creatures, an ethereal feel. But it is the current refugee crisis the work portrays, according to the museum website. The artist, who was a child refugee and now lives in exile in Berlin, made some pieces from bamboo and silk. Others are porcelain, including “Sunflower Seeds” from 2010 and “Spouts” which is a 2015 work
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By John Welborne Sir Anthony Hopkins joined director Sir Richard Eyre, executive producer Sir Colin Callender and author and professor at Rowan University Tara Bennett for a discussion (moderated by Bennett) of the new BBC and Amazon made-for-television adaption of Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” A near-capacity audience assembled at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) Bing Theater Oct. 9 for a showing of the film.
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The pre-screening dialogue among Hopkins and the others captivated attendees. The conversation focused on Hopkins and his desire to perform the role of Lear at age 80 (30 years after his last performance as the king). Hopkins said he now is about the age of the character and can better understand what it is like to be that age, both mentally and physically. The wide-screen projection in the Bing Theater showcased the brilliant work of direc-
tor Eyre, cinematographer Ben Smithard, editor Dan Farrell, and the entire production team. A high-definition television set or computer monitor tuned to Amazon Prime should do the same, one hopes.
Page 1, section 1 photo: LACMA was host to a special screening of the new “King Lear,” preceded by a panel discussion among (L to R) star Anthony Hopkins, director Richard Eyre, executive producer Colin Callender, and Tara Bennett.
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though there is a lot of music and multiple mind-blowing concert performances, I wished there were more. Trust Machine: the Story of Blockchain (8/10): This is a much-needed, fascinating study of blockchain, which is the basis for bitcoin and all the other virtual currencies. Directed by Alex Winter, this is esoteric stuff. The movie does a good job of making it relatively understandable. Laura Shin, a “Forbes” editor, says that people who criticize bitcoin (like Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon, chairman of JPMorgan Chase) are people who don’t understand the technology: “I just don’t know how much homework they’ve done. If they have done the research, then they will pretty quickly figure out that these are probably going to disrupt their business models.” Maria by Callas (7/10): If you love opera, you should love this because there are too many arias sung in their entirety (although I did enShadow Play
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ting together a try to get to the moon. Immensely disappointing are the promised scenes of the moon in IMAX. There are only a few shots of the moonscape and they were made at a quarry in Atlanta. Front Runner (5/10): Burdened by a painfully tedious first 45 minutes, this telling of the Gary Hart / Donna Rice scandal finally picks up somewhat with good performances by Hugh Jackman as Hart and Vera Farmiga as Hart’s wife Lee, but the inaccurate portrayal of Rice by Sara Paxton as a quintessential bimbo, cheaply beautiful, but really dumb and inept, ruined the movie for me. I met Rice more than a decade ago, and she was nothing like this. She was beautiful, but not in a cheap way. And she was smart and knowledgeable. After the Hart affair, she got married, and as Donna Rice Hughes she became a born-again Christian. She is president and CEO of
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Book chronicles Philharmonic leaders by Suzan Filipek Long before the humble star power of Gustavo Dudamel. Before the flamboyant and youthful Zubin Mehta. Before them both was the early orchestra’s eccentric founder William Andrews Clark, Jr. The philanthropist was often not accepted by high society (showing up at breakfast n a k e d r a i s e d ORCHESTRA some eye- founder William brows, for re s r r instance). circ courtesy of Los C l a r k Photos Angeles Philharmonic loved muArchive sic, though, and he would underwrite $3 million in losses for 15 years to keep the new orchestra afloat. But he left nothing to carry the fledgling orchestra forward after his death in 1934, according to the recently published two-volume “Past / Forward: The LA Phil at 100,” issued in honor of the orchestra’s centennial. Chandler; game changer While “an outpouring of support from musicians, music lovers, radio audiences
and philanthropists kept the orchestra alive,” Dorothy Buffum Chandler’s arrival was a game changer. A mighty force on the horizon, she was once coined “the greatest fundraiser since Al Capone.” Music funder The merchant’s daughter (of the Buffums department store chain) didn’t much like the “Al Capone” compliment, but, regardless of what you called her, she was credited with establishing one of the most successful fundraising campaigns in history — to build the three-venue Music Center including its first dedicated concert hall, which would eventually be named in her honor. When she took on the undertaking, she already had saved the orchestra’s summer venue. The Hollywood Bowl was facing bankruptcy when Chandler leaped into action, calling musicians to donate time to do a concert, raising $100,000 to help pay off a debt and organizing a women’s committee to sell tickets. Her plan worked, and she then turned her sights downtown, where she would channel her considerable charm, energy and persuasiveness. New and old money Key to her success was her ability to bridge new money
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GUSTAVO DUDAMEL conducts YOLA at the Hollywood Bowl at he ce e i ce e r io ic o Photos by Craig T. Mathew and Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging
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Music Center Plaza makeover underway, after 54 years
ALL-NEW stone pavers are installed in the Music Center Plaza. Mark Taper Forum is in background. HOWARD Sherman, chief operating officer of The Music Center, accompanied by project manager Jodie Mendelson and project architect Bob Hale, FAIA, explained the project.
RENDERING above shows remodeled Music Center Plaza to include a new wine bar and café. A level surface will be a welcome feature. The monumental sculpture, “Peace on Earth” by Jacques Lipchitz, has been moved from the center of the plaza to a prominent place on Hope Street, on axis with the grand staircase connecting the new plaza to Grand Avenue and Grand Park.
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www.taggallery.net SUPPORTERS assembled to observe the presentation in The Founders Room of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
“Memory of the South Bay” (32 x 38 in.)
The Luckman Theatre 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles 90032 Saturday, December 8 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm Sunday, December 9 at 11:30am and 4:30pm For tickets and information please visit: www.maratdaukayev.com
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’Tis the season for ‘The Nutcracker’
By Rachel Olivier Just as there are many ways to observe the holiday season, so also are there many versions of “The Nutcracker” that can be enjoyed to help celebrate said season. Read on for some of the many different versions that are available. Closest to the neighborhood is the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” The school is now in its 17th year. This year’s performances are the Luckman Theatre, 5151 State University Dr., Sat., Dec. 8 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 9 at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets start at $42. See maratdaukayev.com. The Los Angeles Ballet (LAB) stays true to the traditional version of “The Nut-
around the Southland and begin Sat., Nov. 24. The closest is at the Dolby Theater, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Sat., Dec. 8 at noon and 5 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 9 at noon. See losangelesballet.org. For a nontraditional Christmas ballet, check out Debbie Allen Dance Company’s “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.” The story takes place after a young girl, Kara, receives a Nutcracker filled with hot chocolate at a family Christmas party. Performances are at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Thurs., Dec. 6 and Fri., Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 8 at 1 and 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. See thehotchocolatenutcracker.com.
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See fireworks, a snowfall and the annual tree lighting at The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Sun., Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Santa also will arrive and children can visit him beginning Mon., Nov. 19 at his house and tell him what they want for Christmas. The Menorah lighting will take place Mon., Dec. 3 from 6 to 7 p.m.
schedule, there are premiere works by legendary composers John Adams and Philip Glass and superstar performers Yuja Wang, Lang Lang and Audra McDonald. At Grand Avenue’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, visitors can enjoy complimentary drinks before Friday night concerts or come for a weekend matinee. Film clips will accompany “Stanley Kubrick’s Sound Odyssey” Nov. 23-25 and “Celebrating John Williams” Jan. 24-27.
The orchestra will team up with the American Ballet Theatre and make a showing at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — when Dudamel will conduct the orchestra at the 2019 Academy Awards on Feb. 24. The season will come to a close with a gala Oct. 24, 2019, 100 years to the day after the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s first concert. The orchestra was founded by William Andrews Clark Jr. Son of a copper baron and U.S. Senator, the philanthropist’s
house was on the nearby West Adams block where the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library still stands, at 2520 Cimarron St. The LA Phil has performed concerts for young people and embraced new technologies from its beginnings to its front-row seat on the world stage in the 21st century. “This is the biggest, most ambitious season ever,” said Chief Operating Officer Chad Smith. For a schedule of concerts and events visit laphil. com, or call 323-850-2000.
DANCE OF THE Snowflakes at last year’s Marat Daukayev “Nutcracker.” Photo by Virginia Oxford
cracker,” except that the setting is 1912 Los Angeles, so there are hints of Southern California throughout the scenes. The LAB kicks off its Nutcracker season with a tea at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Beverly Hills. Several seatings are available Sat., Nov. 17 and Sun., Nov. 18. Performances take place
FIREWORKS, Santa Claus, and a 100-foot tree are all at The Grove.
(Continued from page 16) program, which provides children and teens with music classes and instruments, is life changing, he said. The program’s goal is to double the number of its music students — from 1,000 to 2,000 annually. “Increasingly, it’s an orchestra that takes a lead in engaging young people,” LA Phil Chief Executive Officer Simon Woods said. As for the season’s stellar
Teenage angst gets complicated in ground-breaking musical
Dear Evan Hansen, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, features a book by Steven Levenson and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The titular salutation is at the head of a series of letters that Evan (Ben Levi Ross, a more than triple threat wonderful performer) has been asked to write daily, to himself. A task assigned by his therapist. Evan is suffering from teenage angst and then some. The complications begin when Evan’s supposedly best friend, Connor Murphy (Marrick Smith), commits suicide and one of Evan’s letters (in Connor’s possession) fits easily as a suicide note from Connor to Evan. Raised by a single mother Heidi (Jessica Phillips), Evan gravitates to the Murphy family after Connor’s death. Especially as Evan has a large crush on Zoe (Maggie McKenna), Connor’s sister. He bonds with the family: mother Cynthia (Christiane Noll), father Larry (Aaron Lazar) and Zoe. As the pace escalates, the Connor Project is formed and money is raised on the internet to re-open an abandoned apple orchard where Evan and Connor supposedly spent time
Lights, snow, Santa, at The Grove
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Monday Lunch: Los Angeles Unlocked How well do you know LA? Join us as we welcome Jen Bilik, author of This is (NOT) LA, to playfully tackle the plentiful misconceptions that surround Los Angeles. Monday, November 5 11:30 am Social, 12:00 pm Luncheon, 12:45 pm Program
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(Continued from page 16) sile Crisis prevented the Kennedys from traveling to Los Angeles. They made a generous gift nonetheless. Another of her accomplishments was bringing the inexperienced and youthful 25-year-old Zubin Mehta on board in 1961. The youngest music director in the orchestra’s history, then and now, he is credited with creating the modern orchestra and leading it into its new home. Its home, of course, has moved across the street to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Dorothy Chandler would be proud. More on Mrs. Chandler, the Philharmonic’s history and its future plans fills the new twovolume book set, available at the LA Phil Store and at laphilstore.com.
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Patricia Foster Rye together. Even Evan’s broken arm goes through a series of different explanations. Eventually, the suicide note (Evan’s letter) gets published online. Evan gets in deeper and deeper as he creates fabrications to cover earlier explanations. Set against a backdrop of social media, cyber activity, and instant fame, Evan’s plight is recognizable and sympathetic. Evan’s friend Jared, (Jared Goldsmith), an updated version of the comic sidekick, aids and abets. He helps Evan write a series of fake emails, which Evan then presents to the Murphys. The music is unique, beautiful and fits the piece perfectly. Songs like “Anybody Have A Map?” and “Waving Through A Window” are two of a satisfying pitch-perfect many. Three multi-story tall walls of larger-than-life-size video projections of computer screens, plus, surround the center playing area reminding us of the world in which these characters live. Scenic design by David Korins, projection design by Peter Nigrini. Director Michael Greif’s excellent use of pace and timing is one of the factors that has led to the general praise and recognition of this groundbreaking new musical. Through Sun., Nov. 25, Ahmanson Theatre, Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave. centertheatregroup.org. 4 stars
Dance, plays, music at Wallis
Watch ballet, hear the Bach Cello Suites and see a familyfriendly play this month at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Alonzo King’s “Lines” ballet, which draws upon classical and cultural traditions, perform Thurs., Nov. 1 to Sat., Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. “Shadow Play,” a family-friendly play about what happens to your shadow when you go to sleep, is Sat., Nov. 3 and Sun., Nov. 4 at 12:30 and 2 p.m.Cellist Alisa Weilerstein plays all six solo Bach Cello Suites Fri., Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45. “The Bitter Game,” a play with five acts based on a basketball game, shows Wed., Nov. 14 to Sat., Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Visit thewallis.org.
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