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Happy Ice opens on Melrose
On Saturday, June 20, Lemeir Mitchell opens his Los Angeles-based unique water ice, slushie/sorbet-like treat that’s a Philadelphia classic. Happy Ice opened in September 2017 as a food truck concept on Melrose Avenue in L.A. It gained a cult following of celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Post Malone and Ellen DeGeneres. Now, this brick-and-mortar location opens in time for Father’s Day and summer. 7324 Melrose Ave., (215)800-3965.
Lawry’s the Prime Rib reopens
Lawry’s has reopened their dine-in service, and the restaurant is keeping its delivery and takeout service. Just in time for Father’s Day, reservations are available now. To maintain guests’ health and safety, seating will be limited to 50% capacity. Menus are viewable on smartphones, and guests will park their own cars and wait inside their car until their table is sanitized and ready. Hand-sanitizing stations are available inside the restaurant. Face masks are required when not seated at your reserved table. Silverware is rolled in a napkin, and single-serve condiments – including Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and Pepper – are available. The famous spinning salad bowl will be spun six feet from your table. Transactions will be as touchless as possible. Guests will sign their credit card receipt with a single-use pen. Dine-in hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Takeout and delivery is also available on Tuesday through Sunday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. 100 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310)652-2827.
JAR Father’s Day dinner
Suzanne Tract presents a special Father’s Day menu on Sunday, June 21. It’s available for guests who choose to dine in or for those who feel more comfortable to take out. The restaurant is now accepting reservations for the dining room and new expanded sidewalk seating. The special includes char siu baby back pork ribs, tamarind barbecue baby back pork ribs, Jar’s sautéed soft shell crab, market potato salad, celery root slaw and Suzanne’s fried chicken dinner with gravy and biscuit. Guests may also order from the restaurant’s traditional a la carte selections of starters, braised and grilled meat and fresh seafood. For takeout and reservations, visit thejar.com. Delivery can be arranged if ordered 24 hours in advance. Dinner reservations begin at 5:30 p.m. Bar seating is not permitted at this time. 8225 Beverly Blvd., (323)655-6566.
Tavern is serving for Father’s Day
Pick up a Father’s Day meal on June 20-21 that includes a corn and cherry tomato salad with buttermilk dressing, wood grilled hangar steak and prawns with smoked tomato, fried potatoes with herbs, string beans with torpedo onions and lemon zest, and finish with a chocolate pavé with hazelnuts and bourbon cream for $52 per person. Order on Toast or visit tavernla.com. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., (310)806-6464.
Barton G reopens in time for Father’s Day
The restaurant reopened its dining room on June 17, limiting parties to six people or fewer at a single table. Guests can make secondary reservations for larger parties, but the second table will be at the mandatory six-foot distance. The restaurant has social distance markers and sanitizing stations available in the dining room. All staff members are required to wear face covering in accordance with state safety measures. Guests must wear a mask when entering the restaurant, but not when seated. Staff is required to have temperature checks to ensure the safety of guests and staff. Valet parking will be available and attendants will sanitize the driver seat and steering wheel of vehicles. Reservations must be made by calling the restaurant or going online to bartong.com/restaurants/los-angeles. 861 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310)388-1888.
Lucques celebrates Father’s Day
On June 20-21, Lucques is making burgers, steaks and four different ways to enjoy lobster. Pick-up and delivery is available on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Order a grill-at-home burger kit for $55. It comes with six Creekstone Farm burger patties, brioche buns, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onion, lettuce and Lucques catering burger sauce. They also are preparing a grill-at-home club steak for $48 that includes a 28-ounce Creekstone Farm ribeye and arugula salad with lemon and olive oil. Add potato purée, steak sauce and roasted shallots for an extra $25. Other items on the menu include St. Louis barbecue pork ribs, Za’tar spiced lamb chops, grilled swordfish, king salmon, and citrus and herb marinated prawns. For the lobster-loving dad, order the New England lobster roll kit for six which includes brioche buns and vegetable slaw. A lobster chopped salad layered with bacon, avocado, cherry tomatoes and pieces of Maine lobster is also offered. The entire family can feast on a New England-style lobster dinner that includes over one pound of Maine lobster, one pound of Littleneck clams, new potatoes, corn on the cob, tomato salad with burrata, torn croutons and basil pistou for $55 per person. They are also making lobster mac and cheese that serves four to six people for $35. Pick up Christiaan Rollich’s ready-made bourbon and watermelon cocktail, Man With No Name, in a 12-ounce bottle that serves up to three people for $20. Desserts include a whole peach and almond galette with ginger crème fraîche, a brown butter blueberry tart with lemon verbena creme that serve up to eight people or a dark chocolate rectangular pastry with candied hazelnuts and bourbon whipped cream. Order on Tock and pick up or have it delivered. 345 N. Maple Drive, Beverly Hills.
Hollywood Bowl Supper To-Go
Bowl fans can bring the Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine experience into their own homes with James Beard Award winners Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin presenting delicious meals prepared daily in the on-site kitchen and wine pairings from the bowl’s extensive list. Customers select a 45-minute window as their pickup time. After customers arrive in the Hollywood Bowl’s main parking lot, the meal will be brought to their vehicle and placed in the trunk. Payment is made in advance for a completely safe, contactless pickup. To ensure availability, ordering the day before is encouraged, but limited options may be available up to 3 p.m. for same-day ordering. Menu options feature six different three-course meals, a family-style barbecue meal for two, and á la carte selections such as Spanish fried chicken, summer squash gratin, Alaskan halibut and more. To order, visit hollywoodbowl.com/togo.
L.P. Los Angeles Rooftop reopens
After months of finessing an elevated snack and beverage menu and renovating the rooftop venue, L.P. rooftop is now open. Botanical Group’s new Culinary Director Monty Koludrovic and L.A. native and California-Filipino Head Chef Sabel Braganza are thrilled to reopen. Take the elevator to a socially distanced rooftop table, set six feet apart, as the rooftop is operating at 60% capacity, or a capacity of 150 people. The new menu includes new cocktails, small plates and hearty bar bites that range from $8 to $15. Both food and drink reservations are available on Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 a.m. Health and safety measures in effect include dedicated sanitation hosts, plexiglass at the bars and throughout the lobby, and single-use menus and cashless sales. Happy hour at L.P. Rooftop is available Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with small plates ranging from $7 to $8 and select beer, wine and cocktails from $5 to $10. In the coming summer weeks, E.P. & L.P. will re-open their E.P. dining room for reservations and be launching takeout and delivery via Tock and Postmates. 603 N. Melrose Ave., (310)855-9955.
Connie & Ted’s reopens
On Tuesday, June 16, Connie & Ted’s reopened dining on its open patio and airy indoor dining room. Just in time for Father’s Day, the menu offers New England-inspired seafood. New to the restaurant are plexiglass barriers between booth seating, and the host station is now located outside of the restaurant. Employee and guest temperature will be checked prior to entering and tables provide at least six feet between seated guests. Staff will wear face masks and shields, and guests are required to wear face masks when not seated at their table. The entire party must be present before seating, and guests will be asked to remain outside until their table is ready. Reservations are capped at six people per party. Lunch and weekend brunch hours are Friday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. The restaurant will continue to offer to-go service via Tock and delivery service via GrubHub. 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., (323)848-CRAB.
Providence reopens for its 15-year anniversary
On June 17, Providence opened with the mission of offering world-class fine dining to Angelenos and visitors alike. Over the years, the restaurant has evolved and become one of the most formidable fine dining establishments in Los Angeles and the United States, with both James Beard and Michelin recognition. Following a temporary closure due to the pandemic, Providence marks its return with new health and safety protocols, including 60% seating capacity and no bar seating. Employee and guest temperature will be checked upon entering the restaurant. There is a minimum of 6 feet between seated guests. Service staff will wear face masks and shields, while guests are required to wear a face mask when not seated at their reserved table. Single-use menus will be distributed and also published on the website daily. Guests’ entire party must be present before seating, and guests will be asked to remain outside until their table is ready. The new hours are Friday lunch from noon to 2 p.m. On Tuesday through Saturday, the hours for dinner are 6 to 9 p.m. 5955 Melrose Ave., (323)460-4170.
Strings of Life (S.O.L.)
A modern Aussie-inspired cafe opens in West Hollywood offering a quick grab-and-go coffee and snack spot combining fresh California ingredients with Australian staples. Owned by the owners of the popular West Hollywood Asian dining destination and rooftop E.P & L.P., S.O.L. will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering thoughtful SoCal crafted dishes that include an Everything Bagel made with crispy potato cake, smoked salmon, cream cheese, radish arugula and dill. There is a cheese and Vegemite croissant; Basil Fowlty with basil-steamed chicken, sweet potato, pickled onion, arugula and aioli; and lettuce cups with marinated ahi tuna, pickles, butter lettuce, fragrant herbs, grilled seaweed, salted cucumber, avocado and chili. Australian culinary duo and husband-wife team, Monty and Jaci Koludrovic, oversee the pastry program and offer an array of treats and the artisanal coffee program is inspired by Australia’s Common Room Roasters. The space offers safe all-day dining that include socially distanced tables placed at least 6 feet apart, ample patio and outdoor seating, 60% capacity capped at 36 seats (24 indoor and 12 outdoor) and heightened sterilization protocols including plexiglass barriers at the counter and hand-sanitizer stations throughout the space. 8535 Melrose Ave., (310)855-9955.
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