A late afternoon installment of Plywood for you before the weekend begins. Let us know if you spot something in your 'hood. Gonpachi pictured above.
Beverly Hills: Snail mail announcement today about the forthcoming Gonpachi, which has been in the works for months. Perennially pushed back, the Japanese import will open on March 31 with a "celebratory gala." That means live entertainment (Japanese drums, martial arts, etc.) and food, naturally. Gonpachi takes over the former Ed Debevic's; Global Dining Inc. is behind the project, owners of La Boheme and Monsoon. [POST-PLYWOOD]
Highland Park: A very excited eastsider wrote in: "I just learned of a new bakery opening in Highland Park. (Where those of us who were too young to buy when Silverlake was cheap, and too poor to buy when Eagle Rock was cheap, have finally found a place to call home.) I love pan dolce as much as the next chica, but it's about time a bakery with some decent coffee and (can it be?!) a flaky croissant opened up in the neighborhood." The owner of Antigua Bread told us they hope to open in April and to keep an eye out for signage. [PLYWOOD]
West LA: In other Antigua news... the (unrelated) Casa Antigua on Wilshire was a nice looking restaurant, but it never really took off and shuttered in, we think, 2005 or early 2006. A Hound spotted signage for Zo Robata, but we (nor they) know much more about it. [PLYWOOD]