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Two of LA’s Most Highly Anticipated Restaurants Are Opening Next Month

Plus, trying to save outdoor seating in Culver City and a pasta class for good

One of the year’s most highly anticipated restaurant openings has taken a big step forward. Matū, the all-wagyu steak restaurant from Sugarfish co-founder Jerry Greenberg and partners — which relies exclusively on steaks from New Zealand’s grass-fed farm First Light — will open on July 8, and reservations for the Beverly Hills spot are available now. To start, the restaurant will operate for dinner hours only from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, with Monday service to follow down the line.

Meanwhile, chef Stephanie Izard is moving forward with the opening of her long-anticipated Arts District restaurant Girl & the Goat. The offshoot of the Chicago original is now taking reservations via OpenTable, with plans to formally come online in mid-July. Izard did host a charity event at the space last night, so don’t be surprised if more details start leaking out soon.

In other news:

  • Philippe’s is back to normal business hours in Chinatown, meaning 6 a.m. doughnuts to 10 p.m. double-dipped sandwiches. Meanwhile, the LA Times wonders aloud if once-busy Valley Boulevard, the connective tissue for the broad San Gabriel Valley, can fully rebound this year as the pandemic continues to wane.
  • Chicas Tacos is asking for help with its Culver City location. They (and surrounding businesses) would like to keep the open-air dining stretch built by the city during the pandemic, and are seeking signatures to deliver to Culver officials to help make it official.
  • Jon Yao continues to tell the story of his upbringing at star restaurant Kato, says Life & Thyme, finding confidence in the flavors he knows best.
  • Avenue 26 star El Jefe’s BBQ is trying to raise some much-needed money after its barbecue rig got stolen in Lincoln Heights. Here’s the GoFundMe for those that want to help.
  • Want to help the LA Mission as well? Check out this live pasta cooking class being put on by Osteria La Buca on July 7.

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