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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

Sliced New Zealand wagyu steak from Matū.
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.

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.