Clifton’s Republic, 90, reopens downtown for dinner and drinks

Historic downtown Los Angeles hotel property Clifton’s Republic is reopening this weekend, at least on a limited basis. The company’s Instagram page notes a return scheduled for this Friday, February 11, just in time for the Super Bowl. Friday and Saturday hours will be 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., with a Sunday opening scheduled for 5 p.m., with a limited run of food and drink options as well as DJs and other fun activities until late at night. The space doesn’t take reservations, however, and not all areas of the building dating back to 1932 will be available — so plan for tiki drinks and good vibes at Pacific Seas.

South Bay’s newest pasta and pizza contender

Need a pizza to go before the big game this weekend? There’s a new South Bay spot to know, Piccini by Gaetano’s Italian Restaurant in Torrance at 4642 Del Amo Boulevard. The new restaurant also offers take-out pasta, sandwiches and more.

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Returns, new arrivals and builds

Hollywood’s Japan House restaurant reopens after a long hiatus, and they’re doing it again with a wagyu bang. A new $125-per-person five-course meal will offer premium Japanese beef in a variety of preparations, with add-ons like whiskey pairings also available.

Meanwhile, Eightfold Coffee is now open in the Arts District at 555 Mateo Street, which means more coffee, matcha, and other AM drinks for the larger downtown area. In North Hollywood, Tabula Rasa’s second bar and bottle shop is now fully under construction, with an opening date yet to be determined.

Eating in the OC world

Orange County Restaurant Week returns this year, Sunday March 6 and continuing through Saturday March 12. Some of the area’s biggest names will be participating (the historic Anaheim White House, the new Bottega Angelina, Newport’s Lido Bottle Works, among others) in a variety of ways, from prix fixe menus to luxury lunches and more. of the.

A new face from familiar places

The Salazar outdoor dining hotspot in Frogtown has a new chef running the kitchen. Esteban Lluis was previously head chef at Cala in San Francisco, and before that he helped run the kitchen at famed Corazon de Tierra in Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe. Expect new menu items like a pork belly taco, oysters and more.

A chef in glasses stands with his arms crossed in a restaurant.

Chef Esteban Lluis.

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