The most anticipated restaurant and bar openings of 2016

You've been great, 2015, but we're already thinking about the amazing new restaurants and bars coming our way next year
Craftsman & Wolves
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By Erin Kuschner |
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Don't get us wrong—we're still on a high from all the outstanding restaurant openings of 2015, as well as new bars that populated our city. But 2016 is shaping up to be a pretty exciting year, too—developing neighborhoods, hilarious talent and, yes, even more new places to eat and drink. Check out which restaurants and bars we're most excited about opening next year.

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9 openings we're looking forward to in 2016

LocoL
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LocoL

Roy Choi's fast food eatery in Watts is set to open in the next few weeks, and we can't wait to see the end result. The restaurant, which Choi started with Daniel Patterson, aims to offer delicious, affordable meals in South LA before expanding into other cities. We'll be your guinea pigs anytime, Chef.

Curtis Stone at Maude
Photograph: Josh Telles

Gwen

After the massive success of chef Curtis Stone's Beverly Hills restaurant Maude, the Australian chef is partnering with his brother Luke and chef Chad Colby (Chi Spacca) to open Gwen in mid-2016. Named after Stone's maternal grandmother, the Hollywood restaurant will feature a butcher shop and will focus on fire-centric cooking methods.

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Mikkeller Bar
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Mikkeller Bar

Beer geeks, this one's for you. The celebrated Mikkeller Bar, which is home to experimental brews from around the world, will take over the old Discount Tire Center in Downtown LA to open a taproom, restaurant and morning coffee bar in late-2016. We'll be waiting in anticipation for more than 50 beers on tap when it opens.

Craftsman & Wolves
Photograph: Courtesy Craftsman & Wolves

Craftsman & Wolves

The Platform will be opening in Culver City in spring 2016, housing shops and a SoulCycle and plenty of eateries, including Van Leeuwen, Loqui, Blue Bottle and Juice Served Here. But we're most excited about Craftsman & Wolves, a San Francisco patisserie known for their Rebel Within: an egg baked inside a bacon and cheddar muffin. Swoon.
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Shake Shack
Photograph: Roxana Marroquin

Shake Shack

Nothing—nothing, do you hear us?—can come between LA and our love for In-N-Out, but we can't deny the tinge of curiosity (and maybe a little excitement) we feel about Shake Shack arriving in West Hollywood next year. What the hell, it's probably going to be delicious.

Howlin' Rays hot chicken
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Howlin' Ray's

Howlin' Ray's stole our hearts this year with their phenomenal fried chicken sandwich and other Nashville hot chicken goodies, but they grew out of their food truck and took a break to work on a permanent brick and mortar spot. They're reopening in Chinatown in February, and we can't wait for a reunion.
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Shibumi
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Shibumi

Opening in just a few months, Shibumi is chef and owner David Schlosser's Downtown kappo and kaiseki project. Diners can choose to eat around a 400-year-old cyprus counter in the kappo-style (chef's counter), or in the back room where a kaiseki (tasting menu) will be served. Simplicity and restraint—albeit with fine-dining methods—will embody the cooking ethos here.

Photograph: Courtesy The Halal Guys

The Halal Guys

You won't have to wait much longer for this one. After the wild success of their Costa Mesa location (the lines, oh the lines), the Halal Guys will be opening a Long Beach outpost on January 2. The New York City phenomenon offers gyros, falafel, pita sandwiches and more, but their world-famous white sauce is what keeps people dreaming about the place for days.

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The Slanted Door
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The Slanted Door

Arguably the Bay's most buzzed about restaurant, The Slanted Door announced it would be expanding to Downtown LA in early 2016, setting up shop in the Fashion District's new City Market South development. We think chef Charles Phan's award-winning Vietnamese cuisine is going to do just fine here.

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