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Open Sesame at The West End, On the Thirty and More!

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1) West LA: On Westwood Boulevard, near Olympic, in the space that used to house Koutoubia comes new restaurant and bar, The West End Craft Cocktail Bar and Neighborhood Kitchen. Koutoubia's owner, Alex Ohayon, has reinvented his space into a more mainstream operation. Small plates fill the menu in this new lounge-like space. The cocktail menu includes a stand-out drink called the Rochelle (Antarctica Cognac with White Pineau des Charentes, Benedictine and house-made VSOP Cognac Raisins). Status: Grand opens tonight; 2116 - B Westwood Blvd.

2) Sherman Oaks: Tonight, On the Thirty, a new restaurant and lounge, opens to the public on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. On the Thirty is rolling out the red carpet for a mostly B-list celebrity guest list, including Cress Williams (Heart of Dixie), Brandi Glanville (RHOBH), and Gilles Marini (Sex and the City). In the kitchen, co-owner and chef Justin Urich is preparing a menu of seasonal salads, sandwiches and pizzas (from $7 - $40 per plate) meant to pair with the restaurant's extensive craft beer and wine list. Status: Opens tonight; 14622 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks.

3) Downtown: Because fast food is still very much alive and well in this city, Fatburger is expanding into downtown's business district with a new location on Figueroa between 8th and James M. Wood Boulevard. Status: Opens Saturday; 888 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles.

The West End

2116 Westwood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025