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Mastro's Penthouse Updates, Brick + Mortar to SD, More!

BEVERLY HILLS— The latest word on Mastro's Penthouse, the delayed bar and sushi lounge just above Mastro's on Canon, is that it should open at the end of this month or early October. Over right, a flyer announcing the venue. [EaterWire]

DOWNTOWN— Adding to the burgeoning block around Spring and 8th comes a new boutique hotel, the Vogue Hotel, supposedly "geared toward those involved in the fashion industry." Whatever that means. While most people in the fashion industry seem not to eat, a small lobby cafe is planned and the pre-existing restaurant may change concept. [Brigham Yen]

SAN DIEGO— Travis Lester and Justin Safier, the team behind Brick + Mortar, Smoke, and the forthcoming Fatty's Public House on La Cienega (to open October 1), reveal that they will soon expand Brick + Mortar to the Gaslamp District in San Diego. [EaterWire]

MANHATTAN BEACH— Recently The Strand House has welcomed in a gaggle of great chefs to guest cook for a night, earlier this week Michael Cimarusti prepared a seafood-heavy menu to a packed dining room. Up next is Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto in NYC plus Opus One winery with a five course dinner and wine pairing on October 1. Maybe Waxman will test out recipes from his supposed LA restaurant? Dinner costs $100, wine pairings are an additional $50.

– Raw vegetable salad with toasted macadamia nuts and olive oil

– Local squid on the planche with aioli and field greens

– Spot prawn, mint and jalapeno spaghetti

– Platters with JW chicken and ribeye steak with double cooked fingerling potatoes

– Chocolate budino with vanilla ice cream

Brick & Mortar

2435 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90405 (310) 450-3434


246 North Canon Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210