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Notable Restaurant Openings 2008: January to June

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Recession or no, this year the city was rife with restaurant openings from local celeb chefs (Jimmy Shaw, Akasha Richmond), the return of others (Michel Richard, Alain Giraud), and the carpetbaggers (Todd English, Laurent Tourondel, Gordon Ramsay), with a smattering of neighborhood spots all over town. Since it's the time for year-end wrap ups, we bring you some notable debuts of 2008 accompanied by some fine photos from our own Alen Lin. We'll take a look at the rest of the year tomorrow.

JANUARY
Bar Pintxo (109 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.392.5655)
Melograno (6541 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.465.6650)
LA Mill (1636 Silverlake Blvd., Silver Lake, 323.663.4441)
Little Dom's (2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, 323.661.0055)
Bond St (9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.601.2255)

FEBRUARY
The Hall at Palihouse (8465 Holloway Dr., WeHo, 323.656.4100)
Akasha (9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, 310.845.1700)
Citrus at Social (6525 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.462.5222)
STK (755 N. La Cienega Blvd., WeHo, 310.659.3535)

MARCH
BLT Steak (Sunset Blvd., WeHo, 310.360.1950)
La Grand Orange (260 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.4444)
Beso (6350 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 323.467.7991)
Nobu LA (903 N. La Cienega Blvd, WeHo, 310.657.5711)

APRIL
Malibu Pier Club (23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, 310.456.9800)
The Park (1400 Sunset Blvd, Echo Park, 213.482.9209)
South (3001 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, 310.828.9988)
Royal/T Cafe (8910 Washington Blvd., 310.559.6300)
Brix @ 1601 (1601 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach, 310.698.0740)
Father's Office 2.0 (3229 Helms Ave, Culver City-adj.; 310.736.2224)
Wolfgang's Steakhouse (445 N. Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0640)
Gus's Barbecue (808 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, 626.799.3251)
Delancey (5936 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, 323.924.2093)

MAY
Palate Food + Wine (933 S. Brand Blvd, Glendale, 818.662.9463)
Kitchen 24 (1608 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, 323.465.2424)
Americana at Brand (Katsuya, Cheesecake Factory, Frida, etc.)
Jian Korean BBQ (8256 Beverly Blvd, Mid-City, 323.655.6556)
Gordon Ramsay at the London (1020 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, 310.358.7788 )

JUNE
Anisette (225 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, 310.395.3200)
SugarFish by Nozawa (4722 1/4 Admiralty Way , Marina del Rey, 310.306.6300)
RockSugar (10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Century City, 310.552.9988)
Animal (435 N. Fairfax Ave, 323.782.9225)

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