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Peruvian Comeback Chef Ricardo Zarate Names Melrose Restaurant Rosaliné

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The place is named after his mother

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Ricardo Zarate has a smile on his face again, following news from January that he’d be taking over the defunct Comme Ca in West Hollywood. Now that forthcoming modern Peruvian restaurant project even has a name: Rosaliné, which is likely to make his eponymous mother just as happy.

Calling the title a tribute to his family and his cultural Peruvian history, Zarate says that Rosaliné will in many ways be his most personal restaurant to date. That’s not surprising to hear, considering how much Zarate is opening up to talk honestly about his past issues these days.

So what can one expect at Rosaliné? Well the menu is still under heavy development and the site itself is a construction zone, but Zarate did share a few potential dishes for the upcoming space, like sweet potato fritters and a Peruvian execution of David Chang’s famous pork belly buns. Service will be casual (family-style, we're told) as well, so don't expect anything white-tablecloth fancy here.

Look for Rosaliné to likely open sometime towards the end of summer.

8479 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA