LARCHMONT VILLAGE: Talk to any longtime LA resident (20+ years) and they have a soft spot for Hamburger Hamlet, the chain of casual eateries that once dotted the city. The HH may be on its way back with an even more casual concept, Hamburger Hamlet XP (do they make copies?). The Larchmont location will have dine-in and to-go when it opens later this month.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD: You go, NoHo. More fine dining make its way to the capital of the Valley, with Bow & Tie moving toward a summer opening. It'll be Spanish, Latin, California fusion, with dishes like scallops with saffron polenta, corn/pepper salsa, and piquillo sauce. Drinks will be similarly Latin and high-minded.
FAIRFAX: You know Tom Bergin's as the green restaurant with the "House of Irish Coffee" sign. The green-hued Irish restaurant/tavern opens next week after a remodeling. An Eater insider says the fried cheese and skirt steak were just divine.
BEVERLY GROVE: Gusto was scheduled to open on Tuesday at the former Allora Cucina Italiana (at Croft). Simple decoration but an Italian menu that sounds quite promising: "Red wine braised baby octopus, black olive, ceci, harissa; duck liver, Marsala, crispy duck skin; Quail treviso, chives, white polenta, sugo; and pork shoulder braised in tomato sauce, and dandelion greens." Pastas are also made in-house.
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