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EaterWire: R23 Expansion, Paperfish Update, Shojin in Little Tokyo, Comme Ca Beer Dinner

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BEVERLY HILLS: Joachim Splichal's new Paperfish looked right on track to open in October, but that deadline came and went. Mid-November was bandied about and a few soft-opening parties were planned, but construction delays have pushed things back yet again. We're hearing late November, post Turkey Day. [Eaterwire]

DOWNTOWN: After 16 years, R23 has doubled in size. The owners took over the adjoining gallery space to expand the dining room and add two private dining rooms. The Frank Gehry-designed cardboard chairs remain, but there's an expanded wine program, new sake bar and a slightly updated menu. Way to stay in the game, R23. [Eaterwire Inbox]

DOWNTOWN/LITTLE TOKYO: We get word from a tipster: "I was flirting with a Japanese gal today in little Tokyo over lunch and it turns out she is opening what promises to be a great new addition to the ‘hood. She says it will be similar to M Café De Chaya, but better." The all-organic restaurant is Shojin, located on the third floor in Little Tokyo Square (333 S. Alameda St.). Probably a Jan-Feb debut. [Eaterwire Inbox]

WEST HOLLYWOOD: The Alaskan Brewing Company is partnering with Comme Ca to fete and support Tom Jones, a guy paddling his surfboard along the entire California coastline for ocean pollution awareness. Chef David Myers, a surfer himself, will be supplying the four-course feast; ABC brings on the suds. There will also be an auction of custom-designed surfboards. Alaskan Brewing head brewmaster Geoff Larson will be in the house. (Monday, Nov. 5, 6pm; $125 per person; 323.782.1104 for reservations) [Eaterwire Inbox]