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Katsuya’s Chic New Look Shows a Little More of Hollywood’s Glamorous Side

Plus a Jessica Koslow party and a new Downtown brunch

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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.

Inside the new-look Katsuya

Take a wander around inside the new-look Katsuya in Hollywood, which only revealed itself yesterday after a major interior overhaul. The long-running restaurant — it’s been a mainstay in the area since 2007 — is now gleaming with lots of modern touches thanks to designer Philippe Starck.

The Katsuya revamp reveals a lot about Hollywood’s sudden turn as a newly minted dinner destination worth getting dolled up for. There’s already the staggeringly beautiful Gwen, with the slick and modern Birch anchoring Cahuenga. Meanwhile the Redbury hotel is turning into an upscale private club, and April Bloomfield’s forthcoming restaurant is sure to be the best patio in town soon enough.

Melisse is a five-star beauty

The only Forbes Travel Guide five-star restaurant in all of Los Angeles is Melisse, according to the recently-released guide. The hospitality guide and luxury travel companion calls it a “favorite spot for Westside gourmands,” with the restaurant landing above Patina, Providence, and everyone else.

Sqirl’s seed party

Jessica Koslow is screening the documentary Seed at her upcoming Westside restaurant location this weekend. The film documents the loss of seed diversity in agriculture, and will also include a workshop and Q&A session.

Jazz it up

Get your Downtown nightlife on with an upcoming jazz night at Garcons de Cafe inside the Spring Street Arcade. The gorgeous wine bar is tucked away but will be making big noise on Thursday, March 16 with a live music event in the back.

Making March Matter

The latest Make March Matter campaign raises funds for children’s health in Los Angeles via Children’s Hospital LA, and this year Southern California’s collection of nearly three dozen California Pizza Kitchens will be doing fundraisers every Monday where guests can mention the promotion and 20% of their entire check will go to the hospital. STK, Panda Express, and others are getting in the mix too.

Nicole Rucker returns

If you’re missing Nicole Rucker at Smorgasburg, you can once again find her popping up with a pie and pastry get-down in Culver City. The event is happening tomorrow, so make your plans accordingly.

Beer’s big party

Select Beer Store is turning five, and to celebrate the Redondo Beach bottle shop and taproom is hosting an all-day party on Saturday, March 11, starting at noon. Expect a back patio beer garden, food, rare taps, and more.

Badmaash launches brunch

There’s a new weekend brunch option coming to Downtown, thanks to the folks at Badmaash. Check out their soft opening menu below, then head in for a meal starting at noon.