Layla Bagel, which opened on Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica in January of this year, is expanding to Beverly Hills next summer. The wildly popular bagel shop is taking over the 2,500 square-foot space at 223 South Beverly Drive that was previously an Umami Burger. Sergio Espana, a Tartine and Gjusta alum, is still charged with baking the shop’s signature sourdough bagels, while chef Sammi Tarantino oversees Layla’s sandwiches and drinks menu. The food and drink offerings in Beverly Hills will be the same as the ones served in Santa Monica, Espana tells Eater.
If the volume at the Santa Monica store provides any indication — the shop sells at least 600 bagels daily and anywhere from 1,200 to 1,400 on weekends — the Beverly Hills store will be a runaway hit. “We just want to prove to ourselves most of all that we can do a second location without compromising the quality of the bagels or the sandwiches,” Espana says. If things go well in Beverly Hills, a third location is certainly on the table.
Martini Mondays at Coucou
Coucou in Venice is serving a new Monday-only special priced at $38 that includes a choice of martini (espresso, dirty, or vesper) and a hefty wagyu beef burger with caramelized onion, cognac-spiked everything sauce, and frisee on toasted brioche. Fries can be added for an additional $7.
Buffets are back, finally
Following a yearslong pandemic pause, the epic Sunday Brunch buffet at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is finally back. Prepared by chef Mitch Austin, the $149 all-you-can-eat spread is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes made-to-order omelets and Belgian waffles, fresh seafood, carving and dessert stations, and special dishes passed on trays in the dining room. Reservations are available on OpenTable.
Shop Kato’s wine cellar
Attention, holiday shoppers. Michelin-starred Kato is opening up its wine cellar to the public on Sunday, November 19. Sommelier Ryan Bailey is curating a selection of “exceptional, aged, and limited” wines available for purchase. Also for sale are vintage tableware, wine glasses, spirits, a special batch cocktail, and a variety of pantry goods.
Incoming Chinatown bakery
Chef Heather Wong’s Chinatown bakery Flouring is almost ready to open after two years and “what feels like 100 inspections,” she shares on social media. The tentative grand opening date is set for January 2024; follow Flouring on Instagram for the latest details.