There were a lot of heart-wrenching closings this past year: Red Medicine, Fifty Seven, Hatfield's and, most recently, Rivera; the last two are set to serve their final meals on December 31. This is business as usual for restaurants, though, fine-dining or otherwise, and with it comes the knowledge that another, hopefully even better, restaurant will take its place. As we head into 2015, here are the restaurant openings we're most excited about.
Hatfield's may be closing at the end of this year, but culinary power couple Quinn and Karen Hatfield are already working on their next project, Odys + Penelope. The restaurant is centered around live-fire cooking (an open grill, a wood-fired smoker and a churrasco grill are all featured), and will offer California fare in a modern, rustic space on La Brea (which, by the way, just might be LA's new Restaurant Row).
Animal, Son of a Gun, Petit Trois, Trois Mec—Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo have had their hands in some of the most daring, exciting restaurants to open in the past few years. In 2015 they're taking it back to their roots with Jon & Vinny's, the namesake spot serving the Italian-influenced food of their childhood, right across the street from Canter's. And, they say it'll be kid-friendly (no pig ears allowed).
I'm not going to name names, but a certain editor in our office flipped her shit when she found out Le Relais de l'Entrecôte was coming to LA. A Parisian concept that also inspired the relatively new L'Assiette, Le Relais is a steakhouse where the menu will most likely revolve around steak frites. It already has outlets in Paris, Geneva, NYC and Dubai, but you can expect to see it in West Hollywood (across from Cecconi's) in early 2015.
As the first solo project from Hannah An—member of the Crustacean hospitality family—The District by Hannah An is set to reflect An's multicultural upbringing with Vietnamese food that incorporates French, Chinese and Japanese influences, along with California seafood and local produce. The restaurant, located on Third Street next to A.O.C., will invoke a French colonial atmosphere. Think "Paris of the East"...in Los Angeles.
It's coming. Any day now. We've been waiting for what seems like years (OK, it has been years since the project was first announced) for Sherry Yard and Sang Yoon to open their massive food emporium and café at Helms Bakery, and it's looking like 2015 might be the year. There will be a wood-burning oven for pizza, homemade breads and pastries, and anything else that can fit into the 10,000-square-foot space. Whenever you're ready, we'll be here.