LA Chefs Jon & Vinny’s Star-Making Fairfax Restaurant Animal Reopen
Animal, the flagship Fairfax restaurant that launched the careers of chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, reopens on Wednesday, May 11. last served a meal indoors and now (except for a mock service last Saturday night) this week’s diners will be the first to get back to the action. A ton has happened on this street, this city and the world since March 2020, when the restaurant first went dark, public protests against police brutality that saw armed riot officers just footsteps away. ‘Animal to Jon & Vinny’s multi-million dollar deal to lead the culinary offering at Los Angeles’ glitzy SoFi Stadium. It’s a welcome return for one of Southern California’s best-known restaurants and a sign of how far the restaurant industry has come in the last two years of the pandemic.
Drink for a cause
Napa-based appetizer brand Mommenpop works with some of LA’s top bars on a new cocktail, with a portion of the proceeds going to No Us Without You, the nonprofit that helps feed undocumented hotel workers and their families. Drinks are available May 9-15 at Bolita, Here’s Looking at You, Gracias Madre and Birdie G’s.
A bunch of new openings around town
Gelato and angelsthe Manhattan Beach dessert shop that succeeded Milk at 7290 Beverly Boulevard, opens its doors to the public on Friday, May 13. Expect a day of offers, treats and fun.
In downtown LA, the popular Music Center has a new on-site catering and events department for in-person events of various sizes. The 22-acre property has long been a backdrop for big parties, and the new Hope and great events pushes it further with a summer of garden weddings, public events, and more. As with other areas of the property, food will be handled by Levy Restaurants.
In Hollywood, San Diego Grated Grilled Cheese has expanded to a small storefront at 5553 Sunset Boulevard, serving upscale, melt-in-the-mouth grilled cheese sandwiches with additions like butter-fried lobster, carne asada, pastrami, and more. The boutique also has locations in Irvine and Huntington Beach. And in Orange County, a new Australian-Mediterranean rotisserie chicken shop has gone live at 1120 Irvine Avenue in Newport Beach. The chicken shop focuses on charcoal roast chicken plates, wraps, bowls, salads and sides.
Meanwhile, the Clark Street Bread team are reopening the little bar above Clark Street Restaurant in Hollywood (formerly Minibar) as Lily’s Bar today. Take a look at the refreshed interior of the tiny hangout below.