Wes Avila will open a new Mexican restaurant in Hollywood next month


A new project by chef Wes Avila, themed around the Yucatán Peninsula and the Mayan Riviera, is set to open next month in a 5,000 square foot outdoor space in Hollywood. The founding chef of Guerrilla Tacos and Angry Egret Dinette is planning a menu that will include tacos, ceviches, tostadas and sharing plates of cochinita pibil and whole fish with fresh tortillas in a dining room surrounded by greenery. Ka’teen is on the ground floor of the new Tommie Hotel, with a separate entrance to the restaurant.

6516 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, kateenla.com

Japanese ramen chain Ramen Nagi has opened a new location in Westfield Century City.

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Ramen Nagi

Tokyo-based ramen chain Ramen Nagi has opened in the Westfield Century City mall, marking the first Southern California location for a brand that has more than 40 locations worldwide. Ramen Nagi is renowned for its customizable ramen bowls; customers can choose broth density and fatness, noodle variety, saltiness, and a variety of toppings with soup bases such as 24-hour simmered pork marrow bone broth and ink broth of cuttlefish and garlic. Los Angeles Ramen Nagi is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner.

10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, www.ramennagiusa.com


A new Roman-inspired trattoria is set to open this week in Echo Park, serving antipasti, braised meats, homemade pastas, pizzas and small plates from Simpatico Hospitality Group, which also operates the adjoining wine bar and bottle shop , Tilda. Bacetti opens Thursday (a grand opening is scheduled for Nov. 16) and is led by chef Joel Stovall (formerly of Orsa & Winston and Il Fiore); offerings will include dry-aged ribeye steak with salsa verde; bucatini carbonara; dandelion compote, kale and Swiss chard; cacio e pepe; and grilled octopus with beans, romanesco and tomato confit. Outdoor and indoor seating is available. Bacetti will be open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner service from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

1509 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, (213) 995-6090, bacetti-la.com

Bowls filled with various pasta dishes on a table

Bacetti, Echo Park’s new Roman-inspired restaurant, will serve homemade pasta and a range of small Italian plates to share.

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Full Proof Pizza

Chefs Or Amsalam and Alex Phaneuf of Lodge Bread Co. are using their passion for pizza to launch a new restaurant, Full Proof Pizza, with two locations (Brentwood and Beverly Hills) by the end of the year. Brentwood Restaurant will open as an 1980s-inspired space with neon lights, pinball machines and retro arcade games; the Beverly Hills location will emphasize take-out and delivery, but will include a small on-site dining facility. Full Proof Pizza’s staple will be the 18-inch New York-style pies, with toppings such as goat cheese and chicory, potato and leek, and barbecue chicken; the menu will also include sandwiches and salads. Both sites will be open daily for lunch and dinner. To follow @fullproofpizzaco on Instagram for opening updates.

Brentwood: 145 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles; Beverly Hills: 371 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, fullproofpizza.com

Zincplated and Side

French-leaning casual cafe chain Zinqué closed its Abbot Kinney location earlier this year and recently reopened in a new location on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice. The new site includes a bodega, À Côté, which offers European pantry products as well as bottles of wine, fresh flowers and artisan products. Zinqué’s usual pastries and dishes are still on offer; tartines, salads and sandwiches are on the menu, as well as exclusively Venetian dishes such as pasta and pizza. A patio and indoor dining are available. Zinqué is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday, from 7 a.m. to midnight on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

1440 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, (310) 310-2469, lezinque.com

The interior of a grocery store with a brick wall and wine bottles and gifts on display

French cafe Zinque’s new location in Venice includes a new bodega and bottle store for imported potted goods and other pantry items, as well as candles, flowers and other homewares.


I look back at you

Here’s Looking At You, one of the most regretted restaurant closures of the pandemic, is set to reopen by the end of the year. The genre-blending Koreatown spot from managing partner Lien Ta and chef Jonathan Whitener is set to reopen with dinner service in December, albeit in a more streamlined format for now. Ta says the menu will include some of the restaurant’s most popular cuisine and cocktail offerings, such as frog legs with salsa negra. Ta and Whitener hope to restore brunch service in the future. To follow @hereslookingatyoula on Instagram for the reopening of updates.

3901 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, (213) 568-3573, hereslookingatyoula.com

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