Dave Beran’s French restaurant Pasjoli is ready to welcome back diners into its Santa Monica dining room starting July 16. In addition to implementing health and safety measures like a new outdoor patio, face shields for service staff, and temperature checks for diners before entering the dining room, the restaurant is making a few notable changes to its menu and format.
First up, Pasjoli is doing away with its original a la carte menu and only offering a $95 three-course menu. Diners will choose an appetizer, main course, and dessert from a list of available options. Dinner reservations open July 16. Next up, the restaurant has completely eliminated tableside presentations. The popular pressed duck will still be available, but all preparations will be completed inside the kitchen prior to serving. Finally, the restaurant will be adding lunch from Friday through Sunday starting July 17 on a first come, first served basis from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sister restaurant Dialogue reopens for dine-in a week earlier on July 8 with just 10 seats between the chef’s counter and dining room (down from a little over 20). Both restaurants will continue to offer takeout in addition to dine-in services.
And in other news:
- Downtown’s Brera Ristorante and Sixth and Mill Pizzeria will be joining forces temporarily to serve greatest hits from both restaurants starting July 9. Neighboring restaurant Factory Kitchen will also reopen on July 9.
- L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Hollywood is donating 5 percent of total sales from June 27-30 to the Los Angeles LGBTQ Center.
- Norms is selling a line of $35 care packages for at-home July 4 festivities. From steaks to breakfast and burgers, each set feeds up to 10 people.
- Sqirl Away is now open next door to Sqirl in Virgil Village. The long-awaited shop sells wine, takeout versions of Sqirl menu favorites, jams, and more. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
- For a good time on the Westside this July 4, check out Caravan Swim Club at Hotel June. The hotel is hosting the shindig outside of its newly opened restaurant space.
- LA Times restaurant critic Patricia Escárcega tweeted an NPR report that the Times is moving to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit filed by six Black, Hispanic and female journalists accusing the paper’s current and former corporate owners of discriminatory pay practices illegal under California law.
- The Times’ other restaurant critic Bill Addison gives a rundown of his favorite summertime pies in the city, which includes Goldburger, Fat and Flour, and Southern Girl Desserts.
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle volunteered at Homeboy Industries this week, according to LA Mag. The former royals spent Tuesday afternoon helping prepare food for the Feed Hope project, which serves free meals to seniors and youth facing food insecurity due to the pandemic.
This story has been updated to reflect that Hotel June will not be featuring live music due to city-wide restrictions.