Here we have another Plywood Report, where we track what's coming to our still-alive-and-kicking drinking and dining scene. Did we miss something? Please drop it in the tip jar.
1) Silver Lake: Gloria Fenix's Reservoir finally has new signage, which means it's on its way. The chef/owner tells us she just started hiring staff and, pending final inspections, hopes to open by mid to late December. [Post-Plywood]
2) Silver Lake: And across the street, there's signage for Domenico's hanging in the former Michelangelo space. All we know is it's "Italian Cuisine" and "Coming Soon." Recall that Michelangelo closed in May, and has since reopened on Rowena. [PLYWOOD]
3) Santa Monica: We did a spot check on the forthcoming La Cachette Bistro in the 1733 Ocean building on Ocean Avenue. Quite a large space for Jean Francois Meteigner's more casual French eatery---and empty. CUP license and permits hanging in the window. The bistro fronts the office building, and there's not much else on that side of the street, except the Viceroy and a dirt path in front of what we think will become a park. Don't expect to see anything until early 2009. [PLYWOOD]
4) Venice: The Stroh's Gourmet replacement looks like it's just about ready to debut. J's Kitchen on the corner of Abbot Kinney and Santa Clara Avenue is the first in U.S. (there are two in Japan) and promises "vegan fare with Japanese flair." [POST-PLYWOOD]
5) Downtown: According to Food GPS, three new venues are planned for the Cecil Hotel on Main Street: Marty, a cafe and European-style market, is slated to debut on December 1; overseen by food and bev director Tony Romano, Tuck restaurant will offer "comfort food, but on a designer level" by February; and Vibe will be a rooftop lounge that won't open until later next year. [PLYWOOD]