We have so, so many restaurants to look forward to next year, my friend. The Trendsters continue to open, close and multiply, the Celebrity Chefs will most likely dominate, and then here's The Rest—just everyone else, opening everywhere else, all year long. Hear of something else on the horizon, we're all ears.
· Eric Greenspan, formerly of Patina and Meson G, plans to open his new neighborhood restaurant, Foundry, in the former Caffe Luna space by Valentine's Day. Concept is upscale American comfort food in a cozy setting with live jazz. [EaterWire Inbox]
· Any restaurant named Wacky Waffles, even if its on the Sunset Strip, deserves to die. In its place, Hadaka, which means "naked" in Japanese. The concept is "naughty sushi"; we assume that means sexily named rolls, in bordello-type space with sexily dressed servers (fish net stockings, short shorts, boustiers). The chef and ower is Eddie Brik, most recently the opening chef at Tiger Lily in Los Feliz; he also worked at Bradley Ogden, Spago, and Yi Cuisine. Slated for March. [EaterWire Inbox]
· David Myers decided not to open Japanese-inspired Sokyo in the former Noura Café space, a collaboration with and Kazunori Nozawa. Instead he'll open Comme Ca, a French brasserie, because "the market is getting too saturated with Japanese concepts." [Eater LA]
Next Up: More CAA complex openings in Culver City, plus Eleven, The Penthouse, All' Angelo and a slew others we told you about this year...
· Everyone knows about Craft opening in the new CAA building in Century City, but so are a few others: Cuvee, which has an outpost on Robertson Blvd.; the same owner will open the casual breakfast-lunch spot Habanero Grill; the Valley hot dog favorite The Stand will open; and Piknic, which recently opened in Playa Vista will make it's LA debut. [Chowhound]