Welcome back to another rousing Plywood Report. See something coming along that we missed? Drop us a line anytime.
1) Beverly Hills: The next M Cafe de Chaya is underway on Brighton Way between Canon and Beverly in the former Backstage Tavern, which we saw open not too long ago. If permits/construction go as planned, they expect to macrobiotics in the Golden Triangle by late January. [PLYWOOD]
2) Beverly Hills: It looks like Cristoni Pizza found it's second location. Just as the original, which opened a few months ago in West Hollywood, this will have thin-crust pizzas, sandwiches, etc., on Canon right between Santa Monica Blvd and Little Santa Monica Blvd. Drive around Bev Hills though, do we need another pizza spot? They're shooting for a January debut. [PLYWOOD]
3) Mid-City: Our sibling Racked LA spotted Linda's Gourmet Latkes signage hanging in the former Puppies & Babies space on 3rd Street. An all-latke, all-the-time place? Maybe it could work. Linda took her latkes public in 2004 and sells them through stores like Whole Foods all over the country. [PRE-PLYWOOD]
4) Downtown: They hoped for a January opening, which sounded very optimistic, but BottleRock in the Met Lofts has been pushed to February now. Of course. We'll put money on March/April. [PLYWOOD]
5) El Segundo: So if the Cheesecake Factory can go Asian with RockSugar, then why can't PF Chang's go American? Paul Martin's American Bistro is planned for a space on Rosecrans (near Aviation), looking to open in February 2009. Owned by Paul Fleming, founder of PF Chang's and Fleming's Steakhouse, it touts sustainability, organic produce, free-range meats, artisan cheeses, etc. There's currently one outside of Sacramento. [PLYWOOD]