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Fiori di zucca roman style pizza with squash blossoms and anchovies at Fingers Crossed in Hollywood.
Squash blossom Roman-style pizza from chef Evan Funke.
Wonho Frank Lee

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The 12 Most Anticipated Los Angeles Restaurant Openings, Fall 2021

A dozen of LA’s biggest names and fresh faces look to open in America’s best dining city in the coming months

Despite all the uncertainty that still surrounds Los Angeles’s restaurant scene, there is still plenty to look forward to this fall. As one of the historically busiest restaurant opening seasons bears down on the city, some of LA’s biggest names — from Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin to Evan Funke and Lincoln Carson — look to spread their wings with new concepts from Santa Monica to Downtown and beyond. There are newcomers too, like the Vazquez family behind Austin’s vaunted Veracruz All Natural, hoping to make a splash in a new city. It’s all adding up to this, a cooling fall season where restaurant openings are suddenly as hot as ever.


Gusto Green

Location: 718 S. Hill Street, Downtown LA

An overhead shot of a lightly fried cannabis leaf on a plate for edible consumption.
A dish from a recent Gusto Green pop-up.
Gusto Green

Major Players: Janet Zuccarini, Gusto 54 Restaurant Group

The Situation: The busy Canadian restaurant group Gusto 54, known locally for bringing Evan Funke’s Felix to life in Venice, is close to putting the final touches on their long-awaited Downtown LA project. Part of a full building of health, wellness, and cannabis companies, this anchor tenant will bring a mostly plant-based menu (and yes, some hemp) to Hill Street in Downtown soon.

Projected Opening: Fall
Sites: Website / Instagram


Ghisallo/Jyan Isaac Bread

Location: 1622 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica

Two hands guide two finished pizzas to a table with wood and flour everywhere.
Pizzas from Ghisallo.
Derrick Reed

Major Players: David Rodriguez, the Tasting Kitchen

The Situation: Don’t be fooled; despite a brief attempted opening late last year, city issues shut down Ghisallo and attached restaurant Jyan Isaac Bread before they had a chance to begin. Now chef David Rodriguez, formerly of Pizzana and elsewhere, is back with a revamped menu (and the same backing as the ownership team from the Tasting Kitchen in Venice), with plans for pizza, Italian starters, and a whole lot more. Meanwhile, upstart baker Jyan Isaac (an emerging Westside baker all of 20 years old) will harness the same Matt Winter-designed space for morning service, with breads, bagels, and other carby delights.

Projected Opening: September 23
Sites: Ghisallo Website / Ghisallo Instagram / Jyan Isaac Bread Website / Jyan Isaac Bread Instagram


Superba Food + Bread Hollywood

Location: 6530 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood

A blurry photo of workers and diners standing inside of a dim restaurant with the glow of kitchen behind.
Inside the former Hearth + Hound.
Wonho Frank Lee

Major Players: American Gonzo Food Corporation

The Situation: The historic former Cat + Fiddle Hollywood space on Sunset Boulevard is finally ready for its anticipated return, as the team behind Superba Food + Bread, Pitfire Pizza, and American Beauty (which was involved in a worker tip dispute earlier this year) turn the lights back on following more than two years of it being dark. Expect the same moody, stone- and wood-infused look (and that gorgeous patio), with the usual array of California produce-forward salads, roasted meat mains, pastries, and more.

Projected Opening: Fall
Sites: Website / Instagram


Caldo Verde/Cara Cara

Location: 1106 Broadway, Downtown LA

A rendering for Caldo Verde, a colorful Portuguese-leaning restaurant with lots of plants.
A rendering for Caldo Verde
Proper Hotel [Official]

Major Players: Caroline Styne, Suzanne Goin, Proper hotels

The Situation: Caldo Verde is really, truly almost here. The long-time-coming project from two of LA’s biggest names is set to open wide inside the Proper Hotel in Downtown’s South Park neighborhood in just a couple of months (if not sooner), marrying rooftop cocktail bar decadence with Portuguese, Spanish, and California flavors from across a lifetime of cooking. These AOC and Lucques vets certainly know what they’re doing.

Projected Opening: October
Sites: Website / Instagram


Mes Amis

Location: 1541 Wilcox Avenue, Hollywood

Lincoln Carson, a chef, stands arms crossed at a window looking into his restaurant space.
Chef Lincoln Carson.
Sierra Prescott

Major Players: Lincoln Carson, Relevant Group, Ten Five Hospitality

The Situation: Star pastry chef Lincoln Carson has embraced his savory side more and more over the past several years, earning national acclaim at Downtown’s Bon Temps along the way. Now he’s back, this time in Hollywood, with plans for a French-California bistro inside of Hollywood’s Thompson hotel. Expect a relaxed but upscale kind of elegance from one of LA’s most thoughtful chefs and operators.

Projected Opening: November
Sites: Website / Instagram


Yangban Society

Location: 712 S. Santa Fe, Arts District

Two fine dining chefs in whites and aprons over a dish.
John and Katianna Hong.
Yangban Society

Major Players: Katianna Hong, John Hong

The Situation: Hopes are high for the incoming Yangban Society, landing with a modern American flair and lots of Korean influence. Co-owners and chefs Katianna Hong and John Hong hail from fine dining backgrounds at places like the three Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood, and now they’ll be running a more personal project in the middle of the Arts District, just around the corner from Bestia. Expect big flavors and lots of heart from some of California’s most technically savvy chefs.

Projected Opening: November
Sites: Website / Instagram


Fanny’s

Location: 6067 Wilshire Boulevard, Miracle Mile

A colorful rendering of a throwback restaurant with servers in suits and plush red seats.
A rendering for Fanny’s.
Konstantin Kakanias

Major Players: Bill Chait, Raphael Francois, Julian Cox, Wolfgang Puck Catering

The Situation: A trio of known commodities have joined forces with the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to bring a bit of old Hollywood decadence back to the city. Expect timeless service — complete with captains in jackets and lots of white tablecloths — plus throwback American dishes and drinks from one of LA’s best bartenders, plus catering from Puck’s team. This big all-day opening will happen in phases, so the full dinner show may not come until later in the fall.

Projected Opening: September 30
Sites: Website / Instagram


Lulu

Location: 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood

Alice Waters poses for a portrait at her home in Berkeley, California on Monday, March 2, 2020. Her daughter Fanny Singer has written new memoir which features recipes from her childhood titled ?Always Home: A Daughter’s Recipes & Stories? will be release
Alice Waters.
Photo by Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Major Players: Alice Waters, David Tanis, Jesse McBride, Christina Kim

The Situation: California legend and Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters is heading to Los Angeles, taking up inside of Westwood’s Hammer Museum with a new project to be called Lulu that promises all the richness of California on a plate. She’s entering the market with old friends and big plans, and is certain to be embraced by a Westside dining community that has been eating the way that Alice eats for a generation now, thanks to her incalculable influence on food and hospitality.

Projected Opening: Fall
Sites: Website / Instagram


Alma at the Grove

Location: 189 The Grove Drive, Mid-City West

A cartoonish rendering of a restaurant space with deep blues and light gold showing across the front door.
A colorful interpretation of Alma.
Grupo Hunan

Major Players: Grupo Hunan

The Situation: One of Mexico’s most renowned restaurant groups, Grupo Hunan, has landed in LA. The team takes over the former Dominique Ansel two-story space at the Grove, with plans to open a modern but uncomplicated Mexican restaurant that spans from brunch to dinner and drinks. Expect a lush, multi-story experience with all-day appeal and big flavors — and don’t think for a second that Grupo Hunan is only going to open one restaurant in Los Angeles.

Projected Opening: November
Sites: Website / Instagram


Hot Tacos

Location: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard, Koreatown

An overhead shot of a taco in tin foil on a bright blue table, surrounded by salsas.
A migas taco.
Bill Addison

Major Players: Veracruz All Natural’s Reyna and Maritza Vazquez

The Situation: Some of Texas’s most famous tacos are coming to Los Angeles. The team behind breakfast sensation Veracruz All Natural is opening a food truck called Hot Tacos that will roam the city streets soon while keeping Koreatown’s Line Hotel as a primary base. From morning staples like migas tacos to late-night bites, this is one of the most anticipated options to hit LA in a minute.

Projected Opening: October
Sites: Website / Instagram


Bagel + Slice

Location: 4751 York Boulevard, Highland Park

A mountain of golden bagels from Bagel and Slice in Highland Park.
Bagel + Slice.
Jeff Minton

Major Players: Bradford Kent

The Situation: Chef Bradford Kent may not be a household name, but the Olio and Blaze Pizza co-founder is certainly eager to make a statement. His newest project in Highland Park marries yet more gluten (this time in the form of bagels and pizza) with Kent’s personal ethos to run a sustainable, good-for-the-world company that also takes care of its employees. If it works, and there are high hopes, Kent’s restaurant could become a model for other operators looking to move past profits as a sole motivator for business and life.

Projected Opening: October
Sites: Website / Instagram


Mother Wolf

Location: 1545 Wilcox Avenue, Hollywood

Rigatoni amatriciana at Fingers Crossed, shown in a dark room and from the side, inside a round white plate.
Rigatoni from Evan Funke.
Wonho Frank Lee

Major Players: Evan Funke, Relevant Group, Ten Five Hospitality

The Situation: Star chef Evan Funke, known for his prowess with all things Italian (particularly pasta) is back with another new idea for Hollywood. The upcoming Mother Wolf takes on the eclectic and historic world of Roman cuisine, complete with antipasti, pizza, and yes pasta as well. This is a big deal for suddenly flourishing Hollywood, particularly because Mother Wolf is set to anchor the newly revamped Citizen News Building in the heart of the action.

Projected Opening: Fall
Sites: Website / Instagram

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