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DOLBY FAMILY TERRACE (above), atop the spherical building, has some of the city’s best views. The Grove and Hollywood sign are in the mid-ground and background. Park La Brea towers are at right. BELOW, the vast new spherical David Geffen Theater building rises above a tour group near the Sixth Street entrance to the new Academy Museum.

STAIRWAY into the new David Geffen Theater.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures prepares for Dec. 14 opening

In dramatic show-biz style, the stage of the 2020 Academy Awards live broadcast last month was the place where the public finally heard the longawaited opening date for the newest addition to Museum Row — the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The official date is Dec. 14, 2020. The Friday before the Feb. 9 Oscars broadcast, members of the press were given a sneak peek at progress on the project, which includes the old May Company building at Wilshire and Fairfax. The progress is apparent. In the museum, visitors move up and down escalators and across bridges. The Barbra Streisand Bridge brings guests to one of the most fabulous viewpoints in town, the Dolby Family Terrace on the roof of the sphere building. Nine months to go until opening!

ESCALATORS by the new glass wall on the Sixth St. side of the Saban Building move visitors between the gallery levels as well as to the bridges to the David Geffen Theater in the sphere and the Dolby Family Terrace on the sphere’s roof.

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LACMA on track to build Geffen Galleries up and across Wilshire By Suzan Filipek A world-class art gallery that will stretch across Wilshire Blvd. over traffic below seems so quintessentially car-centric Los Angeles, it’s almost surprising it wasn’t thought of before. But the design for the David Geffen Galleries was more a process of happenstance than a clear strategy. “It was a big idea. It was a simple idea,” LACMA CEO and Hancock Park resident Michael Govan said last month as preconstruction was underway. Architect Peter Zumthor’s original design — all on the north side of Wilshire and which debuted in 2013 — was too big and too close for comfort for its neighbor, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s Tar Pits Museum and its Ice Age-era paleontological sites. So Zumthor, Govan and the museum board and staff went back to the drawing board, literally. They scaled back the building’s size, and, then, a collective light bulb went off. “We quickly thought that we’d swing the building across the street,” Govan said. Zumthor’s design raised the gallery building up and off the ground, and since “you could already walk underneath, it seemed a logical step to drive underneath,” Govan explained. The funny thing is, he added, Zumthor’s first drawing


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The annual edition is delivered to residents, businesses and employees in the greater Miracle Mile area. It also is delivered to residents in Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Fremont Place, Park LaBrea and Larchmont Village, bringing the total readership to 100,000. COVER PHOTO and rendering of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and LACMA renderings on pages 3, 16, and 17 are courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner/The Boundary.

LACMA CEO Michael Govan. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

had a pedestrian bridge crossing over the busy boulevard. “[Zumthor] thought how amazing it is that we own both sides of the street…” and he proposed the bridge. “We said, forget that, it would never be approved,” laughs Govan. In the end, something much bigger was approved: Seven semi-transparent pedestal structures will support the elevated exhibition level

with its floor-to-ceiling glass perimeter. At ground level, the pedestals will house cafés, a restaurant and a theater. The latter will be on the south side of Wilshire on the museum’s Spaulding Ave. property, currently a parking lot. Keck Foundation gift A recent gift of $50 million from the W.M. Keck Foundation pushed the fundraising campaign to $640 million of LACMA’s $650 million goal. An additional public phase campaign to raise $100 million more will commence as construction gets underway. Since arriving to Los Angeles almost 14 years ago, Govan has been guiding the years-long planning process from initial design and environmental reviews to community meetings, the fundraising campaign and now construction. “After a decade of intense work by so many people to make this successful, it’s fi-

RENDERING of a room in the new Geffen Galleries building.

nally here,” said Govan. Well almost. There will be three years of construction and another year to move in. The new museum gallery building is expected to open in the spring of 2024, in time for the Metro Purple Line’s debut. (The Fairfax subway station is on Ogden Drive, across Wilshire from the museum.) Geffen Galleries replaces four buildings (Ahmanson, Hammer, Art of the Americas

and the Bing Theatre). It will join the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM), designed by architect Renzo Piano, the Resnick Pavilion (also by Piano) and the Bruce Goff-designed Pavilion for Japanese Art, giving LACMA a total of 222,000 square feet of gallery space. Ten years ago, before BCAM and Resnick were built, LACMA’s exhibit space totaled (Please turn to page 16)

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Development in the Mile continues with mostly luxury high rises By Suzan Filipek After years of construction, the Miracle Mile is breathing a collective sigh of relief. But not for long. While much has been built in recent years, there’s much more development coming down the pike. “This planning stuff has consumed us for five, 10 years,” said Miracle Mile Residential Association (MMRA) President Jim O’Sullivan. “These big things seem to be sprouting up all over the place. It seems like everyday something new comes up.” Tallest skyscraper The Mile is about to see its tallest development yet if all goes according to plan. A 42-story luxury high-rise is planned at the Staples office supply store site at Wilshire Blvd. and Cochran Ave. Developer Wally Marks, whose family owns the property, plans to reveal up-to-date details about the project this month. Meetings have already been held with some members of the community, and the project’s size has been reduced with good results. “I think it’s a better project,” Marks told us. Earlier reports detailed 371 apartments, including 56 low-

AN ART DECO-compatible, 42-story, high-rise is planned to break ground in 2021 at 5411 Wilshire Blvd. at Cochran Ave.

income units, in project architect Richard Keating’s design. It blends the new — a robotic parking system and yoga studio — with the old — an Art Deco-compatable design to reflect the area’s origins, and the single-story Wilshire Beauty Supply, built in 1930 as a Sontag Drug Store, whose façade will remain. Marks expects to break ground at the end of 2021, with an opening in 2023, the same year as the debut of the Purple Line’s Wilshire and La Brea subway station. The Wally Marks project on Wilshire will be “a class act,” said O’Sullivan. Marks, developer and owner of the renovated Helms Bakery District retail site in Culver

City, and developer Jerry Snyder (who built the Wilshire Courtyard) are known for quality projects, O’Sullivan commented. Residences at Wilshire Curson JH Snyder Company and partner OGO Associates are constructing a 20-story apartment building boasting panoramic views and a rooftop “resort” pool. The building has already “topped out.” To be called The Residences at Wilshire Curson, the project includes 285 apartments in the MVE+Partners design that rises next to the SAG-AFTRA Plaza and across Curson from the Los Angeles County La Brea Tar Pits. The development includes subter-


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ranean parking. Opening date is early 2021. Hotel project gets mixed reviews CGI Strategies plans a hotel / apartment / commercial-use building for the site just north of Wilshire Blvd. on La Brea Ave., right next to a subway station entrance. The eight-story complex includes 121 apartments and 125 hotel rooms and 13,037 square feet of commercial / restaurant / retail space. The Morris Adjmi Architects design includes two pools on the top floor and has two levels of subterranean parking. The 210,123-square-foot development is “still in the

midst of the entitlement process. But things are moving forward nicely,” project spokesperson Bruce Beck of DB&R Marketing Communications told us. But the project has hit some roadblocks. “It’s been postponed indefinitely,” O’Sullivan told us. “They’re getting a lot of pushback” from neighbors and businesses opposing the added traffic the project would bring to the congested area. The project will be separated by an alley from the Purple Line subway station. It will back up to residential parking garages on Detroit St., which (Please turn to page 5)

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TOM BERGIN’S STAYS PUT and a new eight-story, 209-unit residential development is proposed next door.

THE RESIDENCES at Wilshire Curson, 285 new apartments in a 20-story building, has topped out, half-way between Sixth St. and Wilshire Blvd.


(Continued from page 4) is already a problem for traffic, say neighbors. On the plus side, “We are going to need a hotel when all the museums open up, and the project will provide livingwage jobs,” says O’Sullivan. But as it is, it is too ambitious. “They’re going to have to go back to the drawing board.” Next to Bergin’s An eight-story, 209-unit development and 2,500 square feet of commercial space is proposed at 800 to 840 S. Fairfax

Ave., at the corner of Eighth St. To the south of the proposed new buildings, the project includes a landscaped plaza on the site of the parking lot at Tom Bergin’s Bar & Restaurant. The favorite neighborhood pub will remain. It was declared a Historic-Cultural Monument in June; its parking lot was excluded from the designation. Applicant Christopher Clifford of Las Vegas Colliers International has filed for an entitlement application with Los Angeles City Planning. According to city documents, the residential units would be

over three levels of garage and commercial space, and there will be underground restaurant parking to replace Bergin’s present surface parking. Two existing two-story buildings that contain 40 rent-stabilized units would be demolished. The new development would provide 28 units of extremely low-income housing in exchange for a density bonus, reduced parking and increased floor area, among other benefits. The MMRA has come out against the project, and the association is in contact with the

tenant union that has recently formed, O’Sullivan told us. The project design by Reed Architectural Group is among those seeking to benefit from the city’s Transit Oriented Communities incentives designed to create more affordable housing. The project is

one block from the purple Line Fairfax subway station. Open for business These new developments, if approved, will join recently opened apartment buildings, including The Mansfield, The Avalon, Wilshire La Brea and 5600 Wilshire.

RENDERING shows CGI Strategies’ proposed mixed-use development on La Brea Ave., adjacent to the subway station.

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RENDERING shows project proposed for the Town & Country site.

Rendering courtesy of Holland Partner Group

Draft EIR for Town & Country site coming soon By Suzan Filipek Meetings among the city council office, project representatives and the community, concerning a proposed mixed-use project at the former K-Mart building, are expected to wrap up this month. That is what developers Holland Partner Group, in collaboration with Regency Centers and the ARBA Group, told us. The project on the eastern half of the Town & Coun-

try Shopping Center block at Third and Fairfax features an 85-foot-tall building. It will include 331 apartments in five levels over parking along Ogden and four levels of units over 83,994-square feet of retail in two levels on Third Street. “Early on, the project team heard the community’s request for a more robust project review, and proactively advocated that the city prepare

a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR), instead of the less robust Mitigated Negative Declaration that was legally required,” a developer spokesperson told us. The Draft EIR’s preparation is underway with public review and public hearings to follow. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2021 and to complete in the summer of 2024.

INSTAGRAM-WORTHY shrine to Britney is on the Town & Country site (in the old K-Mart) through April 26.

New pop-up pilgrimage to Britney on Third: The Zone By Julia Stier Take a walk through some of the most iconic eras of Britney Spears at the new pop-up experience, The Zone (6310 W. Third St.). An Instagram-worthy shrine to Britney Spears, The Zone has transformed the former Kmart space into a 10-

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room celebration of one of the most famous pop stars of our time. Residing in the shopping center on the corner of Third and Fairfax across from The Original Farmers Market, the Zone’s bright pink-and-purple exterior is hard to miss. Inside, recreated sets from some of Spears’ most memorable music videos allow visitors to step into the Princess of Pop’s shoes. Start off by taking a seat in a classroom that mirrors the one in her hit, “Hit Me Baby One More Time.” Then, continue on to a “gym,” where you can write a note to Britney and slip it in her locker — our guide assured us that every letter gets sent to the singer herself. Pose with the astronaut from “Oops… I Did it Again,” don Spears’ stewardess hat and push a cart of champagne down the aisle of the airplane from “Toxic,” and recreate her shocking 2001 “Slave 4 U” VMA performance with your very own (stuffed) Banana the Python snake. The Zone makes it clear that Spears holds a very special place in the hearts of many. Shannon Ramirez of CREATE Experiences says that “Britney is genuine and authentic, and people relate [to] and respect authenticity. She’s loved and adored by so many people, and it’s been such an honor bringing  her world to life for fans from all over to enjoy!” Each ticket comes with wristband that activates six different photo and video activations throughout the experience that can be claimed through The Zone app. This pop-up is a must-visit for any Spears megafan. Several items — including the original outfit she wore for her 1992 debut on Star Search — were donated by Spears herself, making The Zone the true Mecca of all things Britney. The Zone will be open in Los Angeles until Sun., April 26. Tickets are $39 for adults and $29 for children 12 and under plus a $4.95 fee for both online.

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A.F. Gilmore’s Mark Panatier honored with ‘Trailblazer’ status

By Caroline Tracy The Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce (GMMCC) honored Mark Panatier, vice president of marketing and development at the A.F. Gilmore Company, at its annual Trailblazer Luncheon at The Ebell of Los Angeles. on Jan. 31. A fixture in the community, “Panatier’s track record for success, strong work ethic and convivial demeanor earned him the Trailblazer moniker,” said Meg McComb, executive director of GMMCC. From the slew of speakers who shared anecdotes about working with Panatier, serving on community boards with him or just interacting with him socially, it was evident that the honoree is a hard person to “roast” (in the traditional sense of the word). Hank Hilty, president of A.F. Gilmore Company, owner of the Original Farmers Market, spoke of his and Panatier’s long partnership, describ-


COONSKIN HAT was sported by Hank Hilty in his salute to Mark Panatier as a Trailblazer.

TRAILBLAZER LUNCHEON head table, counterclockwise from right: Wally Marks, Councilman David Ryu, Wendy Kramer, Steve Kramer, Mark Panatier, Gail Panatier, Ira Handelman, City Attorney Mike Feuer and Lyn MacEwen Cohen.

ing Panatier as the measured pragmatist who worked hard to translate his (Hilty’s) aspirational projects into completed works. Other speakers at the Jan., 31 event, including Wally Marks (president of Walter N. Marks, Inc.), Leron Gubler (past President of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce), Jane Gilman (founder of the Larchmont Chronicle),

and Steve Kramer (president of GMMCC) spoke about his kindness and professionalism in the work place. They noted that he “would take every opportunity to talk at length about his granddaughter.” At one point, Lyn MacEwanCohen, founder of the First in Fire Foundation, presented Panatier with a stuffed dog, one of the many tributes

bestowed that day, which he immediately made plans to regift to his granddaughter. Bearing gifts of the more official kind, surrogates from the offices of State Sen. Ben Allen, Assemblyman Richard Bloom, Congressman Ted Lieu, and County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl jointly presented Panatier with plaques (from each of their offices) recognizing his contributions to the community.

Councilmember David Ryu spoke to Panatier’s ability to push trickier projects to fruition through diplomatic approaches, while City Attorney Mike Feuer noted that he and the honoree were of similar pragmatist mindsets (and both have wives named Gail). When Panatier finally rose to accept the “Trailblazer” honor, it became clear that his love for community and business is trumped only by his love for his family. The Panatier clan, including wife Gail and two daughters, Megan and Jenna, were in attendance beaming with pride.

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New bars, restaurants on La Brea south of Wilshire

By Suzan Filipek South La Brea Avenue is brimming with night life as friendly Little Bar celebrates its 15th year. Met Him at a Bar recently opened across from its sister site, Met Her at a Bar, at the corner of Eighth Street. Also at the corner of La Brea Ave. at Eighth are the Tokyostyle Sake House Miro, 809 S. La Brea Ave. and the newly opened Roji Bakery, 807 S. La Brea Ave. Across La Brea, All Season Brewing Company will be pouring from 20 taps of beer as well as serving wine and cocktails by year’s end. The microbrewery and restaurant will breathe new life into the historic Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., developer Brad Conroy of Conroy Commercial told us. Streamline Moderne on tap The 12,724-square-foot building’s Machine Age Streamline Moderne design, circa 1938, will be a feature of the new facilities. The Firestone tire store was in continuous operation from 1938 until the last owner, Bridgestone, closed the business in the fall of 2015. Further up the street, there have been other restaurant changes in recent years. Little

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is known about what might be happening at 320 S. La Brea Ave. (Kass Wine Bar, which was Wilde Wine Bar before that and 3Twenty Wine Bar before that). Similarly, there is no news on the fate of the space at 127 S. La Brea Ave. (Odys + Penelope). In addition, according to an “Eater LA” article last June, the space at 127 S. La Brea Ave. was being taken over by Workshop Kitchen from Palm Springs. When we reached out to Workshop Kitchen to get confirmation of that, we were told to check back with them this summer. Just south of Melrose, it appears that no one has taken over the former Pizza Romana space at 615 N. La Brea Ave.

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‘Met Him’ opens as pasta bar

By Billy Taylor There’s a new Southern Italian pasta bar in the Miracle Mile, and the noodles are homemade. Need we say more? Local residents Mindy and Vincent Kinne opened Met Him at a Bar in January, which, conveniently, sits directly across the street from the couple’s breakfast and lunch café, Met Her at a Bar. Having first opened the café two years ago on La Brea Avenue, the duo was contemplating an idea for a pasta bar, but didn’t have a location in mind. That’s when they heard that the owners of Rascal were closing their longtime gastropub. “It was perfect timing,” says Vincent. “We met Rebecca and Sandy of Rascal when we first opened the café and they helped us with a lot of technical stuff, and plenty of good advice. So when this space opened, it felt like a good fit.” Mindy adds that they love the idea of having “her corner” and “his corner,” which straddle 8th Street. Vincent, who is half Ital(Please turn to page 28)

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The ‘Little Bar’ that could, after 15 years and still counting By Rachel Olivier It’s been the “Little Bar” that could (at 757 S. La Brea Ave.) for the Miracle Mile and La Brea neighborhoods since 2005. Whether celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, or simply as a place to play darts or trivia with friends, the 15-year-old neighborhood local could be considered one of the founding businesses of the renaissance currently underway along South La Brea Ave. Angelo Vacco first opened Little Bar (so named on account of the space, he says) because he missed the vibe of East Coast bars and taverns he had worked in and gone to when he lived in New Haven, Conn. When he moved to Los Angeles, he ended up becoming the personal bartender for several celebrities. He said that they often told him he needed to open a place of his own. So Vacco did. “In addition to my life savings, four friends who believed in me loaned me the money to open Little Bar,” says Vacco. “Not too many people know that the site of Little Bar first opened in 1959 as a speakeasy called Chatter Box. Then it became Klondike Bar in the

MERMAID BECAME part of the décor after an HGTV makeover.

1960s-70s. In the ’80s it was a run-down place called Girl Talk. A friend and I put in a lot of hard work to turn the place around. Little Bar was born,” says Vacco. That friend was Bob, who helped Vacco and his wife Marisa (who owns and manages the bar with Vacco) get the bar up and running back in 2005. It wasn’t easy at first. At the time, Little Bar didn’t have a full liquor

license and could only serve beer and wine. Crafting cocktails with soju, a Korean alcohol, helped tide the tavern over until Vacco was able to obtain a full liquor license in 2012. He further noted that they had “a lot of support from customers and neighbors along with the Miracle Mile Residential Association and Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association” to get that license.

In addition, however, there was no kitchen, which meant no snacks or munchables for customers to enjoy. Creativity overcame that obstacle. Little Bar lets people “order in” and even has a folder of nearby eatery favorites that will deliver to the bar. It has become a well-established custom to this day for the occasional pizza delivery person to show up at the door asking who ordered a pizza. Mermaid theme By 2010, Vacco’s friend Bob, who had done so much to help open the bar, had passed away. Vacco needed to be reinspired, and he felt the bar needed a little help as well. With the aid of Antonio Ballatore of “The Antonio Treatment” on HGTV, the bar was able to get the little extra flair that it needed. During the Broadcast TV segment, a memorial for Bob was added on the wall as a nod to the bar’s beginnings. In addition, a faux pressed-tin wall gave it a 19th century feel, and other coastal props were brought in, such as a mermaid statue looking down on the bar, to support the East Coast vibe Vacco wanted to keep. Dartboards, Saturday night

trivia contests, and a jukebox round out the props that are a draw and add an overall coziness to the space. Neighborhood scene Angelo and Marisa Vacco, members of the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce since 2006, continue to keep the bar low-key and comfortable and the prices reasonable. Vacco says they have a small dedicated staff and are happy to be the neighborhood spot, “not pretentious, but quirky. Everybody feels welcome. It’s not your typical L.A. scene.” St. Patrick’s Day, Tues., March 17, will see the green beer and Guinness flowing “as always,” noted Vacco. He says the bar is often on the route for folks who are pub crawling from Molly Malone’s and Tom Bergin’s. The bar will celebrate its anniversary officially by teaming up with Lost Coast Brewery out of Eureka, Calif. to serve Little Bar House IPA brew on tap. It will be a limited edition signature beer to be pulled in April and May. “Stop in and say hi,” says Vacco. It’s an open invitation; all are welcome. For more information, visit littlebarlounge.com.

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LAUREN WASSER was among the models strutting their stuff for M Missoni.

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR for M Missoni, Margherita Missoni, joined the fun at Pink’s.

M Missoni unveils blaze of colors at Pink’s

DOUBLE-DECKER tourist bus delivered dozens clad in M Missoni fashion.

COLORFUL CORD re-did the Pink’s chairs for the event.

bus dancing and prancing in the brand’s knitwear made in a rainbow of colors and zigzag patterns. Margherita Missoni said she chose the hot dog stand for the launch of the company’s sub-brand because Pink’s is akin to the company founded by her grandaprents in 1953; it has paved its own way. In keeping with the Missoni focus on sustainability, the collection is made of upcycled yarn, scraps and surplus fabric.

Fashion models walked an inpromptu catwalk in the parking lot at Pink’s Hot Dogs

last month. The landmark eatery was the scene of the fall and winter 2020 M Missoni collection. Creative Director Margherita Missoni herself flew in from Italy for the tasty and fun occasion. Hot dogs and fries were served at the N. La Brea stand, which was decked out in strands of yarn and paint for the occasion. Almost as colorful as the bright pink hot dog stand, the models descended from a basket-weave double-decker

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Consul General from Belgium Gunther Sleeuwagen, neighborhood council presidents and officers of homeowners associations. Other guests included Nikki Ezhari from Councilmember David Ryu’s office, Meg McComb, executive director of the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce, and John Burney, director of resident services for Park La Brea. RYLAN is a free innovative service offered by the City of Los Angeles Emergency Manage-

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“Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera” opens Sun., March 29 at the Resnick Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibit will feature 44 photographs made by the New York-based artist — using an ancient photography (camera obscura) technique — when she was in residence at LACMA Feb. 2017 to Jan. 2019. Her works capture parts of LACMA that are being replaced with the construction of the new Geffen Galleries building. Also on exhibit are: “Where the Truth Lies: The Art of Qiu Ying” is at the Resnick to May 17. “Luchita Hurtado: I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn” at the Broad Contemporary Art Museum to May 3. Visit lacma.org o o o

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‘What brings you to LACMA?’

That’s the question inquiring photographer Talia Abrahamson asked visitors to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in February.

“Because I’m on vacation, and I want to see some art.” Peyton Stewart Chicago, Ill.

GEFFEN GALLERIES are supported by semi-transparent concrete and glass pavilions that include the new location of Ray’s and Star theater. View is from the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) balcony, looking east. “Urban Light” is at lower right.


“We were just celebrating Valentine’s Day, so we’re here.” David Legaspi and America Elenes Moreno Valley

“Well, today I came to meet someone.” Jonathan Capparelli Torrance

“We were down at the La Brea Tar Pits, and we saw this when we were driving by. I’ve always wanted to come here to the Urban Lights, and so we got our pictures there.” Karen Thorp and Adam Smoyer Long Beach

The new building design is not without controversy. Two separate groups claiming to be “Save LACMA” are fighting over (Continued from page 3) that name in their efforts to do what their members believe 110,000-square feet. the name says. One group was founded by local preservationists Another plus is the project adds 3.5 acres of public space to who are partial to the legacy of architect William Pereira, FAIA. the 20-acre Hancock Park. There will be new landscaped plazas, Pereira’s firm designed the original graceful buildings from educational spaces, sculpture gardens and native vegetation. 1965 that were obscured by the hulking Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer addition along Wilshire in 1987. LACMA officials and their consultants say all those existing structures need replacement. The other “Save LACMA” group seemingly is led by architecture critics, one prominent in New York and the other a local Los Angeles writer. But, possibly only the Los Angeles writer is behind that Save LACMA. That version of Save LACMA appears well-funded; it has placed three full-page ads in the “Los Angeles Times” (and possibly ads in the “New York Times” and other papers) featuring cartoon images of the proposed Zumthor building, along with strong criticism of LACMA, its leaders and their plans. The source of funding for those ads is unknown. Neither “Save LACMA” poses a threat, said Govan. The money for the project has been raised. In some cases, the pledges are pending the completion of the new state-of-the-art galleries building. City and county approvals have been granted, with officials praising the project. “It was a really innovative way to solve your problem and make a landmark DEMOLITION UNDERWAY: In this “before” view, photographed adjacent to “Urban building for Los Angeles,” one told Govan. Light” in February, disposal chutes on the Ahmanson Building are where interior eleGovan does sympathize with those who are ments of the old buildings are being removed. The Art of the Americas (Robert O. nostalgic for the three 1960-era Pereira buildAnderson) Building at right also is going away. ings that the new gallery building will replace.

“We’re not from here, so we wanted to go around and see the main places everyone goes to in L.A. I think this is the most popular one so far, so we decided to take pictures.” Gabriel Cruz and Pansy El Ghayati Irvine

“She lives here, and she told me there’s a lot of good art there. She’ll make fun of me if I don’t know good art, so I want to see it.” Patrick Mulchrone Chicago, Ill. “I agree with that. I wanted to make fun of him today, so that’s why we’re here.” Sara Sifuentes South Los Angeles

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“I work here. Right now we’re having a pop-up workshop, and it’s always LACMA-related to the galleries we have.” Cecilia Flores North Hollywood

rk Bar (in the left of the rendering) as well as education studios, the LACMA Shop, a café and — across Wilshire — another café and a

In fact, he hired Zumthor largely based on his experience in in BCAM and the Resnick Pavilion. Ray’s and Stark Bar (and, reusing older buildings. “When I originally spoke with him, I of course, the popular “Urban Light,” by artist Chris Burhoped we could build around the older buildings.” den, at the museum’s Wilshire entrance) also will also re But very quickly Govan and Zumthor came to the same conmain open. clusion a previous architect on the project reached. The LACMA Sundays Live free music series previously in the “We started to quickly learn that Rem Koolhaas was right.” Bing Theater is now being offered at St. James’-in-the City, In 2001, Koolhaas’ design also called for demolishing the old3903 Wilshire Blvd. See sundayslive.org. er buildings to rebuild LACMA. That plan also required closing the museum for five years. The project died when the money ran out. “This is the second big attempt. This time it’s working,” said Govan. Govan also noted that, in addition to taking more time, saving the deteriorating buildings would have cost hundreds of millions of additional taxpayer dollars. “This is an amazing solution. You’re going to finally have this much expanded, state-ofthe-art world-class museum not just in its collection, which is growing,” but designed by “one of the best architects. “I can’t wait. I think the gallery experience is going to be sublime.” Remains open LACMA will remain open AFTER: Visible on the left in this rendering of the view north across Wilshire Boulevard are “Urban during construction, show- Light,” BCAM and the Resnick Pavilion. The view is from the café that will adjoin the theater at the casing its and others’ works corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Spaulding Ave.

“Check out the scene and take a couple of pictures outside the lamp posts.” Edgar Zamora Southgate “We were coming to the museum, but we actually ran out of time. We came to enjoy the art and have some memories on a special day.” Laura Quezada Norwalk

“I wanted to take a picture. I thought those street lamps were really cool. It came up on Facebook when I checked into Los Angeles, so we thought we’d check it out.” “She’s more into taking pictures, but I’d seen it also on Facebook. It’s a unique feature here in Los Angeles.” Donna and Robby Reyes Chicago, Ill.

“Just a date. Go and show my lady the art museum for the first time.” Dakota Smith with Amber Rif South Bay

“We just flew here to visit friends and relatives from Richmond, Virginia, so we want to come here. I’m a graphic designer, so this is kind of right up my alley, and I’ll feel pretty at home here.” John Tourek Richmond, Va.

“She’s coming, working here, and I’m with her. She’s a flight attendant, and I’m an aviation mechanic.” Luis Aguilar and Karina Aviles Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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Master planning is underway for ‘magical’ La Brea Tar Pits

SABER-TOOTHED CAT: Here the Ice Age feline is seen as the museum’s popular puppet that will be highlighted at the museum this summer. Courtesy of La Brea Tar Pits

month to develop the conceptual design of a master plan for the 13-acre property that contains the Tar Pits and Museum, officials told us. The public will have a chance to provide input on

the process as it develops. The completion date for the project is probably five-to-seven years off, and it is too early to provide a construction timeline or cost estimate. Some early ideas include a bridge across the gooey tar where replica, life-size mammoths and other animals that once roamed the site continue to perish in the gooey tar. Also planned are a new wing along Sixth Street, a central lawn and a series of walkways throughout. Lori Bettison-Varga, president and director of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, in an interview with the Larchmont Chronicle, explained that “it probably will be another year before we see more detail.” She said the process for the architects and their colleagues, including Los Angeles architect and historic

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preservation expert Brenda Levin, FAIA, will be to work with NHM on a program of public engagement as a part of planning the evolution of the property that includes the George C. Page Museum building from 1977. Bettison-Varga told us that the selection of Weiss and Manfredi was the consensus of many different stakeholders. She observed that “highly diverse respondents were uniform in feeling that this team and its proposal provide the

best fit,” noting that survey responses, alone, accounted for more than 2,100 opinions about the three proposals being evaluated. Saber-tooth summer Meanwhile, lots of events are planned at the site including Saber-Toothed Summer. There will be a host of related tours, activities and programming, but in the meantime, guests can come to the Tar Pits and take one of its new self-guided tours or explore the Ice Age on their own.

Science talks, live music at NHM ‘First Fridays’ series, ‘Future is Now’ Hear live music performances and discussions about science and the future at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, 900 Exposition Blvd., the first Friday of every month, beginning March 6. The series, “The Future is Now,” in cooperation with XPRIZE Foundation, begins with Dr. Alexis Komor, assistant professor in chemistry and biochemistry at UC San Diego and researcher into genome editing and DNA, and Roey Tzezana, a future studies

researcher at Tel Aviv University. Tzezana studies human longevity. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Patt Morrison will moderate. The discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. Performances will be by musical groups Café Molly, French Vanilla and Wajetta, with DJs Josh Peace and Novena Carmel also spinning tunes. Tickets are $20 for nonmembers and free for members (with reservation). Visit nhm.org/first-fridays.

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Master planning work for the La Brea Tar Pits with the team led by architecture firm Weiss/Manfredi is underway. The goal is to revitalize the Ice Age-old site — the world’s only active paleontological research facility in a major urban area. Weiss/Manfredi was chosen late last year after a lengthy international search to oversee the museum’s first renovation since it opened 40 years ago. The winning firm’s “Loops and Lenses” concept creates connections between the museum and the park, between science and culture and between the park and the public imagination. Marion Weiss, a principal at the New York firm, said after the announcement, “There is truly no place in the world as magical as La Brea Tar Pits.” Museum staff and board members began meetings last

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Carusos support Loyola High School with large donation Rick and Tina Caruso have donated $5 million to Loyola High School of Los Angeles, earmarking $4.5 million for the 1901 Venice Boulevard Project and $500,000 for the Caruso Scholar endowment that supports a four-year scholarship for a low-income

student from an underserved neighborhood in Los Angeles. President of Loyola, Fr. Gregory M. Goethals, called the Jan. 29 donation an “historic investment” and said that it will affect generations of students to come: “To inspire our students to become future

leaders, we must be able to provide them with state-ofthe-art facilities that contribute to a thriving educational and spiritual community. Once completed, the 1901 Venice Boulevard Project will transform our campus.” The 1901 Venice Boulevard



Project includes the building of Caruso Hall, formerly known as Xavier Center, from the ground up. “Through my work on Loyola’s Board and as the parent of a Cub graduate, not only have I witnessed firsthand the academic excellence this institution instills in all its students, but equally as important — the spiritual growth that is integral

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While CGI Strategies mixed-use (hotel-plus apartments plus ground-floor retail) project is pending, the developer donated the use of the 17,500-square-foot existing building to Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). The no-fee lease is through June, but if construction is not pending, it may be extended, said Beck.   The office building at S. 639 La Brea Ave. serves now as a temporary base of operations for LAHSA’s Homeless Engagement Team (HET).   HET  members work to get local homeless individuals referrals to shelters, transportation to doctor appointments and assistance with substance abuse.    In addition, the space serves as a gathering spot for other similar community outreach teams.   Having a centralized loca-

tion where team members in the area can meet to coordinate their daily efforts is a tremendous help according to Thomas Wong, coordinator of housing location for LAHSA. “This donation from CGI Strategies is a perfect example of how the public and private sectors can partner to help our residents experiencing homelessness,” said Heidi Marston, chief program officer at LAHSA. “ “While we recognize it is only temporary, it puts to good use space that was sitting empty, and we offered it to LAHSA to use as they saw fit,” said CGI Strategies cofounder Gidi Cohen. The future mixed-use development on the site will include 14 units for extremely low-income households and one unit for a moderate-income household.


located at 5814 Wilshire Blvd. The exhibition utilizes clay in various interpretations and features pieces from over 20 leading artists in this medium. The exhibition is part of the museum’s biennial clay offering. During this time, visitors can try their own hands at ceramics, with a multitude of workshops available after viewing the works. The Craft Contemporary Museum was established in 1973 and serves as Museum Row’s preeminent artisanquality craft, folk and indigenous art offering. More at cafam.org

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MMRA annual meeting is at KCC March 14

The Miracle Mile Residential Association annual community meeting is Sat., March 14 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Korean Cultural Center (KCC), 5505 Wilshire Blvd. Councilmember David Ryu and LAPD Wilshire Division Capt. Shannon Paulson are keynote speakers at the 37th annual meeting. Capt. Paulson and Senior Lead Officer Perry Jones will lead a question-and-answer session. MMRA President James O’Sullivan will open the meeting, and Kari Garcia will speak on creating a preparedness plan. Land use issues, development and crime will also be discussed, MMRA neighborhood watch coordinator Garcia told us. “Property Care 101” will be presented by Mark Zecca, vice president for historic preservation. Residents are encouraged to walk to the meeting because a film shoot for a television pilot will close Wilshire Blvd. between Fairfax and La Brea at that time. There will be parking at the KCC lot, and LAPD will be directing traffic, Garcia told us.

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Business Watch supports businesses on, around Mile A new group to support brick and mortar businesses, Miracle Mile Business Watch, is planning its second meeting this month, group founder Kari Garcia told us. An LAPD bike patrol and a message-texting group have both formed since the Business Watch’s first meeting. Crime, graffiti and issues related to construction of new developments, including Metro, are among concerns. “We’re trying to clean up

some things… It’s a beautiful, iconic area, and we’re getting hit by massive structures. We need a voice and support,” Garcia said. The approximately 40 businesses on Wilshire between Fairfax and La Brea, as well as neighboring businesses on S. La Brea and other nearby areas such as Sycamore Square and La Brea Hancock, are also encouraged to join. Email: miraclemilebusinesswatch@ gmail.com.

Wilshire closed for TV shoot March 14, 15 Wilshire Boulevard will be closed between Fairfax and La Brea avenues from midnight Fri., March 13 to Mon., March 16 at 3 a.m. NBC Universal will be shoo-

ing, “La Brea,” a TV pilot written by David Appelbaum. The drama is about a sinkhole that devours the Miracle Mile area, a member of the Miracle Mile Residential Association told us.


marked. “The hope is that this cordial event held just before Valentine’s Day promotes the concepts: ‘Emergency Preparedness can be fun!’ and ‘We have a passion for preparedness.’ — all punctuated by serving heart-shaped cookies, strawberries and chocolates,” said Lyn Cohen. For information and to schedule your emergency preparedness training go to emergency.lacity.org/rylan.

(Continued from page 14) Rossmore Avenue) or it can encompass a whole community (such as Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, Fremont Place or Windsor Square, for example). Firefighters, police, the military, emergency preparedness professionals and grassroots citizens are truly “A Force to Be Reckoned With – United We Stand,” Lyn Cohen re-

Residential Assoc. Below is a list of residential groups, including contact information, which serve Miracle Mile and the surrounding communities. If any are missing, write us at tips@larchmontchronicle.com.

Miracle Mile Residential Association miraclemilela.com James O’Sullivan, president info@miraclemilela.com Boundaries: Wilshire to San Vicente, Fairfax to La Brea.

Beverly Wilshire Homes Association beverlywilshirehomes.com Diana Plotkin, president 323-653-6254 Boundaries: Wilshire to Rosewood, La Cienega to La Brea, excluding Park La Brea.

Park LaBrea Residents Association plbra.org Susan Ferris, president Robert Shore, vice president Barbara Gallen, secretary Simon Joyal, treasurer 401 S. Burnside Ave. 323-934-1177 plbra@ca.rr.com

Carthay Circle Neighborhood Association carthaycircle.org Brent Kidwell, president 310-490-9006 info@carthaycircle.org president@carthaycircle.org Boundaries: Wilshire to Olympic between Fairfax and La Cienega. La Brea-Hancock Homeowners’ Association labreahancock.com Tammy Rosato, president Bob Eisele, vice president Cathy Roberts, secretary neighborhoodwatch@ labreahancockpark.com Boundaries: Wilshire to Third, Sycamore to Citrus.

Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association sycamoresquare.org Conrad Starr, president Joshua Kirchmer, secretary info@sycamoresquare.org Boundaries: Wilshire to Olympic, La Brea to Citrus. Information of interest to residents is also available from: Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce miraclemilechamber.org Stephen W. Kramer, president 5858 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 205 Los Angeles, CA 90036 323-964-5454 info@miraclemilechamber.org


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The following list of apartment buildings in and around the Miracle Mile area is not exhaustive, but it does cover a major portion of the community. All are ZIP code 90036 unless noted. If you have additions or corrections, please write to tips@larchmontchronicle.com.


Avalon Wilshire 5115 Wilshire Blvd. 323-894-9430 avaloncommunities.com

Burnside Villas 649 S. Burnside Ave. 323-497-4803

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Cloverdale Towers 340 S. Cloverdale Ave. 323-936-0322 cloverdaletowers.bhprop.com Cochran Apartments 657–665 S. Cochran Ave. No phone number available. Cochran Avenue Apartments 442 S. Cochran Ave. 310-505-5583 cochranavenue.com

Carthay Circle Apts. 6209-6225 Olympic Blvd., 90048 323-936-3793 Cloverdale Apartments 600 S. Cloverdale Ave. 323-965-1565 Cloverdale Properties, LLC 660 S. Cloverdale Ave. 424-333-1336

Cochran Island Apartments 342 S. Cochran Ave. 323-932-0450 Cochran House 740 S. Cochran Ave. 310-729-0200 Curson Apartments 315-323 N. Curson Ave. 323-289-2374 cursonapts.com The Desmond 5514 Wilshire Blvd. 310-602-4201

livedesmond.com Essex at Miracle Mile 400 S. Detroit St. 323-736-5004 essexapartmenthomes.com Hauser Apartments 625 Hauser Blvd. 323-937-0930 hpgmanagement.com

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Drago, best Italian in the Mile, inside and on the outdoor patio The weather in Los Angeles has been all over the temperature map recently, but we’ve had enough unseasonably warm days that it was with great anticipation that I headed to Drago Ristorante, the Sicilian-leaning eatery in the Petersen Museum, to try dinner on their new patio. At least that was my hope. In fact, even surrounded by heaters, it was too chilly and the warm glow from the interior beckoned through the windows and won me over. Indoor eating again. There aren’t too many patio options in the Miracle Mile, so the arrival of a spacious outdoor space is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. The restaurant and terrace are hidden from Fairfax traffic behind the museum’s decorative metallic ribbons. Red exterior walls form a bright backdrop to the casual, modern patio design — white tables and umbrellas, charcoal chairs, and leafy greenery scattered about. I can imagine spending a balmy summer evening there with a glass of Italian red and a bowl of wild boar pasta or a leisurely lunch munching a prosciutto and mozzarella pizza, Aperol spritz in hand. Sadly, that experience will

On the Menu by

Helene Seifer have to wait. Happily, the food is the best Italian in the Mile, no matter where you sit. The Drago brothers, Celestino, Tanino, Calogero and Giacomino, learned their love of cooking with fresh ingredients while growing up on the family farm in Sicily where what ended up on the table was often what was grown in the garden, including the ever-present olive oil, pressed from olives plucked from their trees. The menu at Drago Ristorante reflects the rugged island terrain of their youth — lots of seafood, lots of bold flavors with capers and olives, sage and chili flakes. The white-tablecloth restaurant does keep things light, however — sauces kiss the pasta, rather than bludgeon them. There are numerous starters and salads — $14 burrata and eggplant, $18 roasted veal in tomato sauce, a $16 salad with apples, bacon, candied walnuts and mixed greens.

From Breakfast

They also offer what might be the best octopus I’ve ever had. Pan roasted, the tentacles were beautifully seasoned and extremely tender. The $14 dish was anchored by a flavorful celery root puree. I could eat this every day and die happy. Pasta, though, is the centerpiece of the menu — homemade and always al dente, the eight dishes featured on the current menu include a $28 spaghetti with shrimp, calamari, bay scallops, mussels, and clams in a light tomato sauce, $22 tagliolini with sea urchin and lemon, and $18.50 ravioli filled with braised short ribs in prosciutto sauce. The $18 fusilli in a prosciutto and vodka sauce was exceptional. Perfectly cooked little corkscrews of pasta were enhanced by the ham-flavored, liquorenriched red sauce. The $22 giant rigatoni with cherry tomato, shrimp and Thai chili was rightfully recommended by our server. Each bite yielded distinct bursts of fresh tomato, sweet crustacean and the barest touch of heat. There are the usual soups (bean and pasta, minestrone, each $9), and well-executed thin-crusted pizzas ($14.50 to $16.50). Mains swing from $32 seared ahi tuna puttan-

… to Lunch

ENTRANCE, through the patio on Fairfax Avenue.

esca to $32 pork chops with marsala apple sauce. $28 chicken breast is served crusted with fine bread crumbs and black truffles, accompanied by a fragrant truffle sauce and haricots verts. The aroma was spectacular, and the chicken was juicy and flavorful, although the texture hints that the poultry spent a tad too long in its brine. Do

finish with one of their nine $10 desserts. Why resist walnut semifreddo or profiteroles with hazelnut gelato and hot chocolate sauce? Drago Ristorante, 6060 Wilshire Blvd. (in the Petersen Automotive Museum), 323-800-2244. Contact Helene at onthemenu@larchmontchronicle.com

… to Dinner

… Fresh Ingredients is the Key! YOU CAN COUNT ON DU-PAR’S TO TREAT YOU WELL!

Take our bakery goods home to enjoy!

In the Original Farmers Market • 3rd and Fairfax • Open 24 Hours • (323) 933-8446

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All - ages of revelers are invited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with traditional Irish food and live music, including a strolling bagpiper. Magee’s Kitchen will be serving their famous corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Green Beer and imported Irish beers will be on tap from E.B’s and Bar 326.


Friday Evenings,May 29 - August 28, 7-9pm

Free live music every Friday on the West Patio featuring L.A.’s best musicians.


Nearly 100 American classics are on display throughout the Market; everything from vintage, customs, hot rods, trucks and more! This year’s show pays tribute to “American Royalty” vehicles including Cadillacs, Imperials, Lincolns, Packards and the long-forgotten Duesenbergs.


For one evening only, our merchants take you on a strolling gastronomic adventure throughout the Market, letting you sample delicious food for one great price. Ticket info will be available on farmersmarketla.com in early June.


Join us as Metropolitan Fashion Week hosts the opening ceremony to its annual costumer designer’s competition in the Farmers Market Plaza. Our trolley tracks will transform into a fashion show runway, and you, the audience, will pick the winning design!


Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11, All Day

A favorite event since 1934, Fall Festival features a bounty of live music, a petting zoo, arts & crafts for kids, world famous pie-eating contests and more!


Sunday, December 13, 2:30pm-5:30pm

Celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of a giant Lego menorah, music and arts and crafts.


The Market is decked out in Yuletide finery to welcome the season. Celebrate the holidays with music, arts & crafts, variety shows, Dickensian carolers and more.

All activities & events are free unless otherwise noted. Schedule is subject to change. JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST AT FARMERSMARKETLA.COM FOR REGULAR EVENT UPDATES

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Restaurant Directory

NEWLYWEDS open Miracle Mile pasta bar Met Him at a Bar.


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NEON SIGN declares pasta served on La Brea Avenue.

ian, has a pedigree for preparing good food. His grandfather migrated from Southern Italy and opened a restaurant in upstate New York. “Cooking good food was a part of growing up in my family,” explains Vincent, who notes that his restaurant’s meatballs are from an old family recipe. When the couple recently got married, they honeymooned on the Amalfi Coast: “We used it as an opportunity to do some research and be inspired by the colors and culture of the region,” said Mindy. Their newly renovated space at 801 S. La Brea Ave.

includes ocean-blue colors and potted lemon trees to help transport guests to Capri — but the homemade pasta and sauces are the showstoppers. Bolognese showstopper “The Bolognese is to die for,” recommends Vincent. “The truffle ravioli is amazing,” raves Mindy. Both agree that the lemon-glazed donut served with vanilla bean ice cream should not be missed. Bar manager Brian Colbert Kennedy serves a craft cocktail program with twists on classic Italian drinks, like a Limoncello Drop and a Rodeo Clown that includes gin, campari and carpano antica.


H O S T Y O U R N E X T C O R P O R AT E E V E N T, A F T E R PA R T Y, A W A R D S S H O W, R E C E P T I O N , F I L M / T V S H O O T, O R F U N D R A I S E R AT T H E H I S TO R I C E L R E Y T H E AT R E .


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“People are looking for places to shop and eat that are walkable in the Miracle Mile,” says Vincent. “Our goal is to help make this area walkable by providing a spot that families and young professionals can stop by for dinner and a cocktail.” As Miracle Mile residents, Vincent says they too want more restaurants to open “so we don’t have to go to West Hollywood to hang out.” The Mile can be the next hot spot, he predicts. Met Him at a Bar is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for lunch and dinner. Visit methimatabar. com.

The following list of restaurants in and around the Miracle Mile area is not exhaustive, but it does cover a major portion of the community. Most are in ZIP Code 90036. Circled numbers after certain eateries’ names refer to the map of places clustered around Pink’s Square at La Brea and Melrose avenues. If you have additions or corrections, please write to tips@ larchmontchronicle.com.

Bludso’s Bar + Que i 609 N. La Brea Ave. 323-931-2583 barandque.com

6th & La Brea 600 S. La Brea Ave. 323-998-8565 6thlabrea.com

Chipotle Mexican Grill 5550 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 101B 323-272-6661 chipotle.com

All About the Bread l 7111 Melrose Ave. 323-930-8989 allaboutthebread.com

Chipotle Mexican Grill b 7101 Melrose Ave. 323-297-0334 chipotle.com

Anarkali Indian Restaurant d 7013 Melrose Ave. 323-934-6488 anarkalilosangeles.com Apollonia’s Pizzeria 5176 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-2823 Black Dog Coffee 5657 Wilshire Blvd. 323-933-1976 blackdogcoffee.com

Busby’s East 5364 Wilshire Blvd. 323-823-4890 busbysla.com Candela La Brea 831 S. La Brea Ave. 323-936-0533 candelalabrea.com

Coffee for Sasquatch g 7020 Melrose Ave. 323-424-7980 coffeeforsasquatch.com Commerson 788 S. La Brea Ave. 323-813-3000 commersonrestaurant.com The Counter 5779 Wilshire Blvd. 323-932-8900 thecounterburger.com (Please turn to page 29)

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Met Him at a Bar 801 S. La Brea Ave. 323-852-3321 methimatabar.com

Trejo’s Tacos 1048 S. La Brea Ave. 323-938-8226 trejostacos.com

Drago Ristorante 6060 Wilshire Blvd. 323-800-2244 dragoristorante.com

Milk Bar o 7150 Melrose Ave. 347-577-9504, ext. 15 milkbarstore.com

Tsujita & Co. 109 N. Fairfax 323-591-0470 tsujita-usa.com

Milk Jar Cookies 5466 Wilshire Blvd. 323-634-9800 milkjarcookies.com

Tsuri Sushi and Sake Bar c 7015 Melrose Ave. 323-935-1517

Einstein Bros. Bagels 5550 Wilshire Blvd. 323-330-9501 einsteinbros.com El Cartel 5515 Wilshire Blvd. 323-931-1281 eldinerla.com El Coyote 7312 Beverly Blvd. 323-939-2255 elcoyotecafe.com Escuela Taqueria 7615 Beverly Blvd. 323-932-6178 escuelataqueria.com Fatburger 5001 Wilshire Blvd., #103 323-939-9593 fatburger.com Five Guys Burgers and Fries 5550 Wilshire Blvd., #101D 323-939-2360 fiveguys.com Genwa Korean BBQ 5115 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. A 323-549-0760 genwakoreanbbq.com Hot Wings Café e 7011 Melrose Ave. 323-930-1233 hotwingscafe.net India’s Tandoori 5468 Wilshire Blvd. 323-936-2050 indiastandoori.net International House of Pancakes 5655 Wilshire Blvd. 323-297-4467 ihop.com Isa Japanese Restaurant 916 S. La Brea Ave. 323-879-9536 isajapanese.com La Brea Bakery Café 468 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-6813 labreabakery.com Lucifer’s Pizza n 7123 Melrose Ave. 323-424-4230 luciferspizza.com M Café m 7119 Melrose Ave. 323-525-0588

Mixt Greens 5757 Wilshire Blvd. hello@mixt.com mixt.com Ono Hawaiian BBQ 5550 Wilshire Blvd. 323-525-1688 onohawaiianbbq.com Original Farmer’s Market 6333 W. Third St. 323-933-9211 farmersmarketla.com

Wirtshaus 345 N. La Brea Ave. 323-931-9291 wirtshausla.com Workshop Kitchen (?) 127 S. La Brea Ave. Yuko Kitchen 5484 Wilshire Blvd. 323-933-4020 yukokitchen.com

Petty Cash 7360 Beverly Blvd. 323-933-5300 pettycashtaqueria.com Pink’s Hot Dogs a 709 N. La Brea Ave. 323-931-4223 pinkshollywood.com Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6180 raysandstarkbar.com République 624 S. La Brea Ave. 310-362-6115 republiquela.com

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Roji Bakery 807 S. La Brea Ave. 323-852-3311 roji-bakery.business.site The Roof on Wilshire 6317 Wilshire Blvd. 323-852-6002 theroofonwilshire.com

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7313 – 7317 Beverlywww.angeliniosteria.com Blvd., Los Angeles, 90036&|www.angelinialimentari.com 323.297.0070 7313 – 7317 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, 90036 | 323.297.0070 Open Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner – Catering www.angeliniosteria.com & for www.angelinialimentari.com www.angeliniosteria.com & www.angelinialimentari.com Open for Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner – Catering Open for Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner – Catering Spare Tire Kitchen and Tavern 5370 Wilshire Blvd. 323-823-4890 sparetirepub.com Sake House Miro 809 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-7075 sakehousemiro.com


Eatz Cooking School h 612 N. La Brea Ave. 323-935-3289 eatzla.com.

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Standing’s Butchery f 7016 Melrose Ave. 323-413-2212 standingsbutchery.com Supremo Ristorante 901 S. La Brea Ave. 323-852-3192 supremoristorante.com

Mercado 7910 W, 3rd St. 323-944-0947 cocinasycalaveras.com/mercado

The Sycamore Kitchen 143 S. La Brea Ave.

Met Her at a Bar 759 S. La Brea Ave. 323-847-5013 metheratabar.com

Tatsu Ramen k 7111 Melrose Ave. 323-747-1388 tatsuramen.com


Our Reuben is a classic!

World Famous Restaurant • Deli • Bakery • Bar Open 24 Hours


419 N. Fairfax Ave. (323) 651-2030 Entertainment Nightly in the Kibitz Room • www.cantersdeli.com

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Following is a list of elected officials who serve the Miracle Mile and surrounding neighborhoods. Several of the seats (marked with an asterisk) were on the March 3 ballot as the Larchmont Chronicle went to press.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 915, 90025 310-914-7300 feinstein.senate.gov Sen. Kamala Harris 11845 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 1250W, 90064 310-231-4494


Rep. Ted Lieu * 33rd District 1645 Corinth Ave., Ste. 101, 90025 323-651-1040 lieu.house.gov

Rep. Adam Schiff * 28th District 5500 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 416, 90028 323-315-5555 schiff.house.gov

Rep. Jimmy Gomez * 34th District 350 S. Bixel St., Ste. 120, 90017 213-481-1425 gomez.house.gov

Voted Miracle Mile’s Favorite Neighborhood Bar

Rep. Karen Bass * 37th District 4929 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 650, 90010 323-965-1422 bass.house.gov

Celebrating 15 Years!

Gov. Gavin Newsom 1303 10th St., Ste. 1173 Sacramento 95814 916-445-2841 gov.ca.gov State Sen. Ben Allen 26th District 2512 Artesia Blvd., Ste. 320 Redondo Beach 90278 310-318-6994 sd26.senate.ca.gov State Sen. María Elena Durazo 24th District 1808 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles 90026 213-483-9300

sd24.senate.ca.gov Assemblymember Richard Bloom * 50th District 2800 28th St., Ste. 105 Santa Monica 90405 310-450-0041 a50.asmdc.org Assemblymember Miguel Santiago * 53rd District 320 W. 4th St., Ste. 1050 Los Angeles 90013 213-620-4646 a53.asmdc.org County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl 500 W. Temple St., Ste. 821 Los Angeles 90012 213-974-3333 supervisorkuehl.com Councilman David Ryu * 4th District 200 N. Spring St., Rm. 425 Los Angeles 90012 213-473-7004 davidryu.lacity.org Councilman Paul Koretz 5th District 200 N. Spring St., Rm. 440 Los Angeles 90012 213-473-7005 councilmemberpaulkoretz.com

School Directory



Little Bar 757 S. La Brea Ave at 8th St. 323.937.9210 www.littlebarlounge.com

Thanks, L.A., for 89 Terrific Years!

Carthay School of Environmental Studies Magnet 6351 Olympic Blvd. Ph: 323-935-8173 Principal: Sharon Hall-Johnson Grades: K to 5, approx. 352 students carthay-lausd-ca.schoolloop. com Cathedral Chapel School 755 S. Cochran Ave. Ph: 323-938-9976 Principal: Tina Kipp Grades: K to 8, 277 students cathedralchapelschool.org Hancock Park Elementary 408 S. Fairfax Ave. Ph: 323-935-5272 Principal: Ashley Parker Grades: TK to 5, 700 students hancockparkes-lausd-ca. schoolloop.com

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MIDDLE SCHOOLS Fusion Miracle Mile 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Promenade One 323-692-0603 Principal: Katheryn Nguyen Grades: 6 to 12, 1-to-1 learning fusionacademy.com/miraclemile John Burroughs 600 S. McCadden Pl. Ph: 323-549-5000 Principal: Steve Martinez Grades: 6 to 8, approx. 1,700 students burroughsms.org

New Los Angeles Charter 1919 S. Burnside Ave. 323-939-6400 Principal: Daryl Brook Grades: 6 to 8, 300 students newlosangeles.org HIGH SCHOOLS Girls Academic Leadership Academy 1067 West Blvd. Ph: 323-900-4532 Principal: Elizabeth Hicks Grades: 6 to 12, 600 students galacademy.org Fairfax High; Visual Arts Magnet; Police Academy Magnet 7850 Melrose Ave. Ph: 323-370-1200 Principal: Dr. Lorraine Trollinger Grades: 9 to 12, 1,850 students fairfaxhs.org Los Angeles High 4650 W. Olympic Blvd. Ph: 323-900-2700 Principal: Marguerette Gladden Grades: 9 to 12, 1,600 students lahigh.org


(Continued from page 24) 5778 W. Olympic Blvd. No phone number available. 5880-5882 W. 8th St. No phone number available. 6300 W. Olympic Blvd., 90048 No phone number available. 6526 W. Olympic Blvd., 90048 No phone number available.

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An 80-year Miracle on Melrose salutes its great neighbor, Wilshire Boulevard’s

Miracle Mile

(so named just eleven years prior to Paul and Betty Pink opening Pink's on La Brea Avenue in 1939).

We serve over 35 varieties of delicious, mouth-watering Hot Dogs and over 12 varieties of colossal Hamburgers. Seating for 80 guests plus free parking. — At Pink's Square — the corner of La Brea & Melrose Visit us at: WWW.PINKSHOLLYWOOD.COM

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