The L.A. outpost of Russian restaurant Mari Vanna, a worldwide chain with outlets in London, Moscow and New York, has been trying to open on Melrose Place for over a year now in the former Bastide space. The last time Eater checked in, the entire facade had been redone and it looked like interior finishings were falling into place. That was six months ago. Although back in December the restaurant claimed a January launch, right now it's still all quiet on the Russian front. What's happening at Mari Vanna? All of their ABC permits seem to be active, which is a good sign.
An inquiry to the New York branch yielded an inconclusive answer: the restaurant isn't ready to open at the moment and won't be for a few more months. Despite a nearly complete patio area and a seemingly finished interior, the high-end Russian place won't be serving blinis, pirozhoks (Russian meat pies), and chilled vodka until at least the middle of summer. [Eaterwire]
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