9 openings we're looking forward to in 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.