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Rascal Shacks Up on La Brea Starting Tomorrow

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Elizabeth Daniels 8/11

Third time's a charm? That's the hope for Rascal, a new gourmet sandwich and wine bar which opens tomorrow across the street from the original Umami. Now, you remember this space. In 2010 it housed Shabu Shabu Ya, though shuttered to make room for Noir Wine Bar. Then, five months later Noir switched back to Shabu Shabu, and then months after that new owners came in with plans to open an American restaurant called Rascal. And here we are today.

Sandy Sanford, beverage director of all four Chaya restaurants for the past 20 years, along with wife Rebecca Clark, co-founder of Why Cook? food delivery service, are behind his new neighborhood eatery. They've hired chef Michael Bartley to prepare a short list of hot sandwiches like the chicken Dijon with sliced grilled chicken, Dijon butter and the sirloin with marinated steak, blue cheese, and caramelized onions. A few of the sammies are offered without the bread in salad form, and all plates cost either $10 or $12. Except for the smaller bites and sides which range from $1 to $5 inclusive of grilled cheese and pb & j. Wine and craft beer - bottled, canned, and draft - was selected by Sandy and will change regularly. As of tomorrow Rascal is open nightly from 5-11PM.
·Noir Wine Bar To Be Replaced By "Rascal" American Eatery [~ELA~]