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Mari Vanna Opens This Summer, Robert Trester IN at Eva, Issacream Pop-Up, MORE!

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WEHO— Mari Vanna, that Russian restaurant moving into the former Bastide space on Melrose Place, plans to soft open around May 2012 and officially launch a month or so later. [EaterWire]

MID-CITY—Since previous Eva chef Christian Page decamped to run the show over at Short Order, Eva owner Mark Gold has now hired Robert Trester (Delphine, Bar Pinxto) as chef de cuisine. [EaterWire]

SANTA MONICA— Grub Street discovers that Shaka Shack Burgers opened last month on Ocean Park at 17th. The kitschy, colorful, Hawaiian-inspired restaurant is a mom and pop operation run by couple Michael Anapol and Kathie Gibboney. [Grub Street]

LONG BEACH— Pastry chef Isaac Carter, previously of Gary Danko (SF), Morimoto (Napa) and a competitor of Food Network's Cupcake Wars, lands at Long Beach Fish Grill on December 14 from 6-9PM. He will host a pop-up bakery event called Issacream featuring this list of sweets. [EaterWire]

Mari Vanna

8475 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069 323-655-1977

Eva

7458 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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