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Welcome back to your faithful report of ply where we track some of the latest openings around town. Spot something new that we've missed? Let us know.

1) Santa Monica: Signage now up for Madame Chou Chou on Main Street. Peering past the papered over windows, still plywood central, though walls are painted black and countertops are beginning installed. [EaterWire]

2) Venice: Word on the street is that co-owner and chef at perennially packed Gjelina, Travis Lett, has claimed the space next door that housed the chic French 50s 60s shop which moved further up on Abbot Kinney. The space has basically been gutted, check out the exposed ceiling, perhaps that will stay? Also, let's not forget about the cute little garden just to the left of the space, hopefully Travis has scored that as well for al fresco dining. [EaterWire]

3) Los Feliz: Alcove Cafe on Hillhurst will add a bar to its eatery called Big Bar. Look for fresh fruit libations, house-made syrups, etc. [GS]

4) Mid-City: Pizzeria Il Fico on dead empty. There's nothing in there, though "Fall 2010" has been painted onto the restaurant's window. Good luck with that one. Also of note, an ice cream/gelato fridge out front. [EaterWire]

5) K-Town: Grub Street shares news that The Boiling Crab will open its 10th location in the former home of Kuru Kuru Sushi on Wilshire. Preview the eats here. [GS]

6) Echo Park: Quarry Girl provides updates and a call to action for that new project Tony Yanow of Tony's Darts Away has been working on at the former Ramona Theatre on Sunset. Originally named, El Camino, the venue is now called Mohawk Brasserie and will offer an expanded Tony's Dart Away menu, in addition to the previously mentioned pizzas. The kitchen has been divided into vegan and non-vegan, and all beers on offer will be sourced for California in effort to create as little of a carbon footprint as possible. Apparently, some local residents are opposed to this project citing "proximity to a school, smells from the kitchen, and parking concerns." Lame. [QG]

Pizzeria Il Fico

310 S. Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048 310 271 3426 Visit Website


1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, , CA 90291 (310) 450-1429 Visit Website

Madame Chou Chou

2518 Main St. Santa Monica, CA