Restaurants In, Restaurants Not

The restaurant scene in the neighborhood continues to evolve and, for the most part, get ever better.

As we reported last month, a new Batali-Silverton restaurant named Chi Spacca is opening next to Osteria Mozza on Melrose Avenue, in the old Scuola di Pizza space. Tonight is the first night of service. For reservations, call (323) 297-1133.

A new barbecue restaurant, Bludso’s Bar & Que, helmed by Compton legend Kevin Bludso, is taking over the old Tar Pit space on La Brea Avenue just south of Melrose. Looks like it will open to the public next week. Advance reviews are glowing.

A neighborhood resident informed us that the long-awaited new Italian restaurant Itri, in the old Angeli Caffe space, has sadly been shelved. Apparently there were funding problems between the chef and his investors. Too bad, especially after they had fully renovated the space. Because of its great location, we assume this spot will have a new restaurant soon.

Finally, we heard from another neighbor that the short-lived Paddy Rice, on Melrose just east of La Brea, has been replaced by a new Korean joint called Gang Nam Tofu. Thankfully, they serve more than just tofu.

If you have any other food news, send it over. We like food.

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One Response to Restaurants In, Restaurants Not

  1. Hello Melrose Village!
    Just wanted to let you know about BEP Vietnamese + Sunday Brunch Pop-up.
    WHEN: Every other Sunday starting April 21st at Franco on Melrose. One seating at 11:30am.
    WHAT: BEP Vietnamese Kitchen (BEP means kitchen in vietnamese), bringing homestyle breakfast and lunch dishes that are more reflective of items cooked in Viet family kitchens beyond the noodle soups and rice paper rolls of your local “Pho-liscous” joint. Our mission is to represent for all of the “Little Saigons” as best we can in this spirit.

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