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This Just In: Joe Miller Opening New Tapas Bar

We got a hot tip that Joe Miller will open a tapas-style restaurant in Santa Monica this summer. One person told us that "you'll see the pier," but then we heard the Third Street Promenade, so we'll confirm the spot later. But it's huge news: Miller has been a significant player on the dining scene since he opened the laid-back Venice favorite Joe's Restaurant in 1991. He still hits the farmer's market every week for that Cal-French menu, so we expect the same for Bar Pinxto. He opened a couple other spots over the years, Reed's and JoeJoe's, but then sold them (apparently with a hefty profit). With Bar Pinxto on the Promenade, plus Alain Giraud's new brasserie, and places like Gotham Hall closing, there could be gastronomic hope for the pedestrian-heavy, high-rent strip yet.
· Alain Giraud Back on the Scene [Eater LA]