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Sunset Strip Restaurant Estrella Flips Again, This Time Towards Spanish Food

The once highly anticipated restaurant has had a rocky road

New Spanish tapas at Estrella

Sunset Strip restaurant Estrella has a new feel to it these days, ever since being taken over by the K2 restaurant group. Now the place is focusing on all things Spanish, following a year as an Italian chophouse and, before that, a pan-LA place for all kinds of unique creations under then-chef Dakota Weiss.

Reps for K2 say they are now fully installed with a new menu at Estrella, offering diners everything from daytime tapas, salads, and sandwiches, to bigger evening fare like shellfish stew and a Spanish-style ribeye steak chuleta. They’ll also mix sangria tableside now during weekend brunch.

The move to Spanish cuisine comes after a short-lived run with chef Mirko Paderno at the helm. He moved the menu to pastas and steaks after taking over for Dakota Weiss, who stepped away two years into the restaurant’s run.

The takeover of Estrella is just the latest move for the K2 group, which was founded just this year by John Kolaski. The team already operates the Gallery Food Hall along the Promenade in Santa Monica — home to Strfsh, Paperboy Pizza, Azule Taqueria, and more — as well as Pirolo’s on Melrose.

Estrella. 8800 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA.

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