1) Marina del Rey: Killer Shrimp, the restaurant that replaced the Organic Panificio Cafe perched on the Marina del Rey harbor, opened yesterday. There's not a whole lot to say about the spic and span interior, freshly painted walls remain bare save for some hanging flatscreen tvs, and simple wooden tables and chairs serve as furniture. But, obviously, the main draw here is that harbor view. And for those unaware of the backstory, this newly opened eatery is, in fact, a comeback effort after its first two locations (one in MDR and one in the Valley) closed three years back.
To match its new digs, Killer Shrimp has amped up its menu with few additions. New to the menu is filet mignon with peppercorn butter sauce, a 14-ounce grilled rib eye, lobster mac and cheese, a mango wedge salad with bacon and blue cheese, and a crab cake BLT.
In addition to the 12 beers on tap, and the 12 in bottle, mixologist Marcos Tello (1886) is crafting cocktails made from fresh fruits and veg, all costing $10 or less. Hours of operation run Sunday to Thursday, 11:30AM-10PM, and Friday to Satrurday, 11:30AM-11PM.
2) OC: Mario Batali was finally able to acquire his liquor license for Pizzeria Mozza in Newport Beach. The restaurant officially debuted to the public last night and this weekend it will serve with limited hours. [EaterWire]
3) Pasadena: After five months of construction d’odici Cafe is now open on Colorado across the street from Target. Owners Sang Beom Seo, Alex Nars Seo, and Jenny Chan offer souffles in addition to coffee drinks and and flavored drinks called Fizz. [Brigham Yen]
4) Azuza: Congregation Ale House in Long Beach is about to celebrate its one year anniversary on September 5, meanwhile the craft beer bar just opened its second chapter in Azuza on August 28 at 619-21 N. Azusa Ave. BTW, that Pasadena outpost is still underway. [EaterWire]