LONG BEACH—When Frisco's roller skating waitresses hung up their skates back in April after a seven year run, it was unclear what would come of the Long Beach location. This past weekend Downey's The Market Place Grill Cafe moved in with an expansive menu of American and Mediterranean inspired dishes. Though Market Place is full service already, the restaurant is planning a true grand opening event in the next month or so. [EaterWire] — MB
VENICE/MDR— Firestone Walker Brewing Co. has purchased a building at W. Washington and Lincoln (previously medical offices and a restaurant) to open a brewery and taproom. Details are still being finalized but westsiders can expect both food and Firestone beers on tap to come. [LAW]
WEST LA— Instead of drinks paired to food, Steingarten LA is pairing food to drinks. On August 29 at 7 p.m., cocktail chef Matthew Biancaniello will craft five beer-focused cocktails at the W. Pico Boulevard brew house in collaboration with the venue's bar manager Eric Wolff. Steingarten chef Ricardo Morales has drafted up a food menu to complement the booze. Although the price is still tbd, the five course prix fixe listed below will be served at tables, meanwhile those at the bar may opt for a la carte. [EaterWire]
Steingarten LA Menu:
Course One: Cherry Wood Charred Hanger Steak, w/ Peach Pesto Puree.
Cocktail Pairing: Duck Cognac, Peach, Thai Basil, Fruit Caviar, Oak Aged Yeti '11.
Course Two: Halibut Cheeks, Snow Peas, Cantaloupe, w/ a Red Miso Vinaigrette.
Cocktail Pairing: Aloe Vera Liqueur, Benito Flakes, Cotton Candy Grapes, GD 19th.
Course Three: Duck Funnel Cake, White Chocolate, w/ Strawberry & Habanero.
Cocktail Pairing: Mezcal, Reposado, Melon, Roasted Red Pepper, Cilantro, Ginger.
Course Four: Huevos Rancheros, Rabbit Chorizo, Black Beans.
Cocktail Pairing: Rhubarb Liqueur, Avocado, Tarragon, Berliner Shrub, Yeti Foam.
Course Five: Potato Nest, Duck Confit, Blackberry, Quail Eggs.
Cocktail Pairing: Candy Cap/Shiitaki Bourbon Ice Cream Float, Espresso Yeti 2011.