An exciting new sushi restaurant is coming to Virgil Village this year, just up the block from Sqirl. Woodland Hills staple Japanese restaurant Tatsuki has signed a lease to open a 1,400 square foot restaurant at 771 N. Virgil Avenue, not far from other incoming names like Courage Bagels and East Coast transplant Ken’s Ramen. Co-owner Taishi Kojima confirmed the upcoming opening to Eater, saying the restaurant should open around the end of 2020.
Tatsuki has been a well-regarded staple of the greater Valley sushi scene since 1988 (making it among the oldest along Ventura Boulevard), working a menu of Japanese snacks, specialty rolls, sashimi, and more. For the new location, chef Naoki Kojima tells Eater that the restaurant will lean more heavily into sake and pairings, and offer an expanded menu that dives deeper into southern Japanese fare. Expect around 45 seats in total, with 15 of those at the bar.
And while the greater Los Feliz/Silver Lake/Historic Filipinotown has not traditionally had a wealth of sushi options to choose from, the introduction of any new restaurant is bound to raise some eyebrows in the East Hollywood area, given the proliferation of new, more expensive businesses in Virgil Village over the past couple of years.
In other news:
— Wanderlust Creamery is opening its fifth standalone ice cream location at 7920 W. Third St. at the site of Carmela’s Ice Cream, with a planned arrival later this spring.
— Alchemy Bar is now open for upscale cocktails in Sherman Oaks, as part of the Te’Kila compound at 13817 Ventura Boulevard.
— Boomtown Brewery turns five this weekend, and to celebrate the brewery is doing special reduced-price pours, raffles, food trucks, and more.
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Only 10 Days until our 5th Anniversary Party on Saturday 2/22 so we thought we'd give you a little peek of what we have in store. Introducing our 5th Anniversary Beer, a clean, crisp and aromatic 7% West Coast IPA brewed with Cryo 007 & Cryo Mosaic hops. Pours will be just $5 All Day long! We're also excited to share these long awaited Barrel Aged Beers with you, including: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (12.9%) aged 3.5 years in Elija Craig Barrels Barrel Aged Barleywine (11.4%) aged 2 years in Buffalo Trace Barrels Barrel Aged Belgian Dark Strong (10%), aged for 1 month in wet Woodford Reserve then cold aged for 5 months. There is MUCH more being released, not to mention we'll be dancing our asses off with DJs all day and night, headlined by @pntbtrwlf himself ! Food Trucks , Raffles and so much more from 12pm-2am ✨ we hope you join us for the celebration. . . . . . . #DTLA #ArtsDistrictLA #DTLAArtsDistrict #LABrewery #LABeer #DTLABrewery #CraftBeer #DrinkIndependent #BeerRelease #Boomtown #BoomtownBrewery #BoomtownTurns5 #5YearsofBeers #BBA #BarrelAged #AnniversaryBeer #IPA
— Here’s a fun one: There’s a free competition event happening on March 29 at 625 N. Alvarado St., with several chefs vying to concoct LA’s best papaya salad. It’s part of a larger event meant to raise awareness about Lao food in Southern California.
— The Resort at Pelican Hill in Orange County is hosting a series of happy hour pop-ups this coming March, with drop ins from LA’s Old Lightning, and NYC’s NoMad Bar and Peppi’s Cellar.
— One of Resy’s latest blog posts is on Samantha Quintero, the 28-year-old who oversees the day-to-day cooking at Night + Market Sahm in Venice.
— That adorable and newly-famous kid who goes around reviewing shirley temples has found a winner in the one at Gwen in Hollywood, apparently.
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There’s a new Sheriff in town! Thank you so much @curtisstone @gwenla ... My tastebuds were dancing. This one is going to be hard to beat! #hollywood #losangeles #chef #review #terminator #chefcurtisstone #celebrity #celebritychef #california #ellen #food #restaurant #kidsofinstagram #kids #instafood #instafoodie #drinks #theshirleytempleking #shirleytemple #woohoo