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Hidden Hollywood Omakase Specialist Inn Ann to Close and Reconfigure

Plus celebrity Carla Hall does LA brunch, and the best single dish of 2019

A gorgeous serene Japanese restaurant with sushi bar.
Inn Ann
Inn Ann Japan House [Official Photo]
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.

Hollywood changes

Upscale Hollywood Japanese restaurant Inn Ann is closing. Or, more accurately, the restaurant is being reconfigured into something new by the ownership group from Japan House. Originally conceived as a rotating home for visiting chefs (mostly from overseas) Inn Ann began life under acclaimed sushi chef Mori Onodera, and even earned praise for its omakase from the critics at the LA Times. Now the time has come for Onodera to move on, with the Inn Ann space instead becoming “a culinary incubator by providing a platform rising star chefs and young talents,” says Japan House in an email.

Adding her expertise

Celebrity chef and television personality Carla Hall is popping up at Alta Adams this Saturday, doing brunch alongside chef Keith Corbin.

A great dish

LA Magazine named its dish of the year for 2019, and to no one’s surprise it’s the decadent and much-talked-about caviar and banana pancake from Angler.

Changes at the wing

Santa Monica’s Spitfire Grill is closing after some 30 years in business. The Daily Press says the airport restaurant has been sold to new owners. New owner Sean Martin will open the Cloverfield, an Italian spot with $10 entrees and a big patio.

Let the art do the talking

Folks seem to be loving the new Japanese restaurant Kazan in Beverly Hills for a lot of different reasons, not least of which is this awesome graphic showing chef Ryu Isobe’s journey from leaving Tatsu to opening his own new noodle spot. Give the whole thing a hi-res look over at Food Talk Central.

Learn to listen

Want to know what it really takes to become a restaurateur? Listen as Lien Ta and Jonathan Whitener from Here’s Looking at You/All Day Baby discuss the ins and outs with author Patric Kuh next week.