Today’s the day for Byrdie’s, the colorful rotisserie chicken restaurant at 8030 W. Third Street, in the former home of 28-year brunch veteran Quality. The casual sit-down spot is the work of the ever-expanding Bacari team and has been two years in the making as a concept in the mind of brothers Robert and Daniel Kronfli and chef/partner Lior Hillel.
So what to expect? Lots of golden slow-cooked bird, of course, set as sandwiches, bowls, and platters, plus roasted vegetables, bone broth, and more on the side. Better still, the new Byrdie’s will match meals ordered at its restaurant with an in-kind meal donation to the LA Regional Food Bank, thanks to co-owner and longtime food bank board member Robert Kronfli. The new Byrdie’s opens today on West Third, keeping daily hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for on-site dining, takeout, and delivery.
In other news:
- Star-packed restaurant Olivetta returns to Melrose on Thursday, June 17. The Friend Bar in Silver Lake (and the Little Friend) is reopening on Friday, June 18. HomeState is back in Highland Park at full capacity today, while Los Feliz reopens tomorrow (and Pasadena and Playa Vista turn on soon). The Neon Retro Arcade gets back to gaming in Pasadena on Friday, June 18.
- Saucy Chick Rotisserie is popping up at Employees Only tomorrow, June 16 for a one-night event. Xenia, the Mediterranean-focused pop-up is running evening service inside the former Mar Vista space on Sundays through Tuesdays now, too, as the space becomes a rotating haven for itinerant restaurant projects.
- Two absolute legends are coming together on June 22, as Meals By Genet pairs up with Jitlada for a night of greatest hits on Fairfax.
- San Juan Capistrano’s busy nature space the Ecology Center is hosting a summer residency with chef Tim Byres. The James Beard winner will live on the 28-acre property and cook ongoing farm dinners over live fire.
- Want to eat well in LA right now? Check out Chinatown says the NY Times. Want to drink well soon? Try LA Wine Fest, returning to Long Beach this fall at Harry Brides Memorial Park, running October 2-3.
- Dear John’s has some good news to share. The throwback Westside restaurant is not only reopening its indoor dining room, it’s also sticking around for at least another year thanks to a new limited lease agreement.