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Sky-High Beach Bar Elephante Opens Next Week in Santa Monica

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Plus Burgers Never Say Die (again) and Zak Walters gets a new home

The future Elephante space on the far side
Farley Elliott
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.

Elephante gets close

Restaurateur Nick Mathers (he of Eveleigh, Goldie’s, and Little Ruby fame) is getting ready for another upcoming opening. This one is Elephante, the rooftop party scene slated for an arrival in Santa Monica on June 28. Reps for Elephante haven’t had much to say about the food, drinks, or much of anything else at the property in the meantime, so above is a look at the place under construction. Here’s to hoping for big views and strong cocktails next week. And, below, a peek at the decor.

More patio hangs here. #ElephanteLA

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Zak on the move

Notable chef Zak Walters is on the move again. The Salt’s Cure co-founder is now running the show at The Misfit out in Santa Monica. He was previously at La Grande Orange Cafe in Pasadena.

Wine is the word

LA Magazine has a nice feature out on Andrey Tolmachyov, the under-30 sommelier currently leading the charge at Beverly Hills hit Maude. Yes, he’s the one who can get the rare stuff.

Behind the scenes

Want to get a behind-the-curtain peek at Clifton’s Republic in Downtown? This living history tour is happening on Sunday, and tickets are just $10.

No more Beach

El Segundo’s Beach Mex has closed, reports the El Segundo Observer blog. The Westside restaurant lasted ten years at its location on Grand Avenue.

The Langham eats

The next iteration of the ongoing Heritage With Heart series is coming to The Langham in Pasadena on July 29. This one will feature lots of barbecuing out on the front lawn, plus wine and games for all, with a ticket price of $89 per adult, and $45 per child. 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Pasadena.

Burgers, always burgers

Hundreds of hungry burger-heads showed up at Glendale Tap for the first Burgers Never Say Die pop-up earlier this month, so now they’re doing it all again. Expect a bit of a wait, and bring sun block accordingly.