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Hollywood's Storied Yamashiro Rises From the Ashes and Re-Opens Tonight

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The restaurant is opens again under a new ownership group

Yamashiro, Hollywood
Yamashiro, Hollywood
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Yamashiro, the storied 100-year old Hollywood restaurant that closed last week, is re-opening tonight under the direction of BNG Group and Sugar Factory. The eatery had closed last week after the former owners wrote a heartfelt letter to the millions of guests it had served over the years.

Sugar Factory, which runs a chain of restaurants in Miami, New York, and Vegas, has partnered up with TCL Chinese Theaters and BNG to restore the hillside restaurant into a fine dining and events mecca. It's a bit confusing, but there's basically a coterie of seasoned hospitality folks trying to run Yamashiro.

Christophe Bonnergrace, formerly at Las Vegas's Buddha Bar & Little Buddha, is now the executive chef of the restaurant, with a multi-faceted approach that'll eventually include sushi, teppanyaki, and more of the crowd-pleasing fare you'd find at Sugar Factory's other eateries.

Though Yamashiro officially reopens today, it will undergo a renovation by JE Group, the Chinese-based outfit that acquired the property earlier this year. JE Group will renovate the property, but will work with the city to maintain its overall look and historic landmark status. All the new rehabilitation will commence within the next few weeks, so the restaurant will retain its former glory for the time being. Hours run 5 to 11 p.m. on weekdays, and until midnight on weekends.

Yamashiro Restaurant

1999 N Sycamore Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068 323-466-5125