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The Dish: 55 Degrees, Saffron, Catalina Restaurant

Sure, Citrus at Social, STK, Akasha and Luckyfish all debuted this week. But we have more openings for The Dish. See something pop up? The tipline awaits.
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ATWATER VILLAGE: A new wine bar, 55 Degrees, opens "soft" tomorrow, which basically means it's open for business starting at 11am. Think of it more as an open house where you might even find some complimentary nibbles and sips. (The "grand opening" is March 1.) Expect lots of color coding, take-away info cards and other "idiot proofing" measures for wine shopping, plus a basement tasting room. (3111 Glendale Blvd, 323.662.5556)

DOWNTOWN: If fast-casual Indian sounds good to you, Saffron finally opened on the ground floor of the City National building. General consensus thus far is Saffron needs to spice things up, but the owners are listening to feedback and tweaking. Good signs. (Flower & Fifth)

REDONDO BEACH: Replacing the shuttered Coccole Laboratorio del Gusto across from the Redondo Beach Pier is Catalina Restaurant. Owner Ruben Pires was most recently the GM at the (now shuttered) Avenue in Manhattan Beach, but also worked at Michael's, Paradise Cove and for the Patina Group. Chef Arthur Martinez also worked at Avenue, and spent time in the Melisse kitchen and Firefly in Studio City. The menu seems to run the California-seasonal-Mediterranean gamut. (320 South Catalina Ave., 310.374.6929)

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