WEST HOLLYWOOD: Santa Monica Boulevard's Silver Spoon diner and its distinctive blue and white sign got the heave-ho last week as folks behind the restaurant Providence and the Claim Jumper chain (strange bedfellows!) partnered to create a new venue at the space: a New England-style seafood "shack" known as Connie & Ted's.
DOWNTOWN: The Watermarke apartment tower in South Park, next to Ralphs, is finally showing signs of life on the ground floor. The upscale American restaurant Towne is opening by early July for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Menu highlights: "Pastrami Pork Belly Sliders with Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese, and housemade 1000 Island; Cavatelli with Lobster and Oven Dried Tomatoes; Roasted Corn on the Cob with Chorizo Butter and Feta; and Beef Cheek Pot Roast with mini Popovers."
VENICE: Abbot Kinney, which includes the coolest block in America, is sending coolness east as fancy restaurants creep toward Washington (though it's hard to see anything in a strip mall becoming the new Gjelina). Pichet, a Thai place with French influences, is setting up and could open next month.
WEST HOLLYWOOD: New York wonder Eataly, an emormous Italian emporium and restaurant collection, is opening in LA and has picked a location, according to Eater. Rumor has it that it's going to be near Melrose and San Vicente--there's a big empty retail spot on the southwest corner and a new building rising on the northwest, next to the new library.
· Eater LA [Official Site]