Grandmaster Recorders becomes Hollywood rooftop restaurant and lounge



With a restaurant, rooftop lounge and cocktail bar and performance space, Grandmaster Recorders is now open in Hollywood, ushering in a new chapter for a former recording studio and silent movie theater. The 15,000-square-foot Grandmaster Recordings multiconcept is named after the 45-year-old recording facility used by David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Beck, Rush, Queens of the Stone Age and more, and is Botanical’s latest venture to the Australian Spirit Hospitality Group (EP & LP, Strings of Life Café).

Conceptualized by Group Culinary Director Monty Koludrovic and Executive Pastry Chef Jaci Koludrovic, the Grandmaster Restaurant serves what they call “food that nonna would recognize but never cook herself”: a rotating insalata di pesce, currently served with glazed radish, pickled persimmon, caviar and “Cali kosho”, a homemade fermented citrus mayonnaise; a savory version of cannoli, with caviar; mortadella with cacio e pepe churros; and chicken piccata with celeriac cream; with cocktails like NFT (Negronis for the Table). Rooftop bites are similar to the full restaurant, albeit in a more snacky form, with a mini mortadella panini and chicken and vodka sandwich, plus cocktails on tap. At 71 Studio Bar, specialty cocktails and live music are on the menu. The Grandmaster restaurant is open every day from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., while the rooftop is open Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 a.m. The 71 Studio Bar is open daily from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. so the bar may change. Another opening, Blondie, along Melrose Avenue, is slated for 2022.

1518 N. Cahuenga Blvd., (818) 502-1120, Los Angeles,

El Ruso’s carne asada tacos and more are heading to a new Arts District outpost this week.

(Silvia Razgova)

El Ruso Arts District

The Sonora El Ruso-style taco operation is coming to a new location: instead of returning to its Boyle Heights space on Mirasol Street, owners Walter Soto and Julia Silva will instead begin appearing in the Arts District starting December 16. . El Ruso suspended its appearances in Boyle Heights in June to focus on opening its Silver Lake site; its new Arts District outpost will offer a more pared-down menu than Silver Lake’s, at least to start with, and with fresh, hand-made tortillas, carne asada, chorizo, birria and the new El Muñeco (asada with chicharrón). Open Wednesday to Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Corner of 4th and Seaton streets, Los Angeles,

Cento West Adams

Chef Avner Levi’s longtime pasta pop-up is going permanent this week. Cento, who for years brought fresh gnocchi, beet spaghetti, decadent lobster and lobster pasta and other dishes to the city center via his residence in the Mignon wine bar, will open a brick restaurant. and mortar on December 15 at West Adams. Levi’s menu will feature many of his pop-up hits, as well as new items including more antipasti, and a second category for main dishes like grilled rib eye and herbed-stuffed orata. Wine and beer will be offered, as well as seating in an open kitchen and on the patio. Cento will open with dinner service, Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., then expand to lunch and brunch in 2022.

4921 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 998-0404,

A photo of Cento's popular beetroot spaghetti.

Cento’s pop-up pasta – including popular beetroot spaghetti – has found a permanent home in West Adams, and it will open on Wednesday.

(Liam Brown / Cento)

Madre Santa Clarita

The restaurant in Oaxaca and specialist in mezcal Madre is expanding with a fourth location. Owner-operator Ivan Vasquez hopes to open his next Madre in Santa Clarita in September, with his mezcal collection of over 440 bottles, as well as Oaxacan specialties such as the tlayudas, barbacoa and memelas that you will find in local restaurants. Palms, Torrance and West Hollywood Locations. The new space will offer a lounge and bar in addition to the dining area and outdoor seating. Madre in Santa Clarita will open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

27007 McBean Parkway, Valencia,

A photo of the Madre bar in Torrance.

Madre’s expansive mezcal display, here on the shelves at Torrance Restaurant & Bar, will also be available in the new Santa Clarita location.

(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)


A new collaboration between Japanese and Italian cuisine is heading to Hollywood in early 2022. Chef Tony Messina (formerly of Uni, in Boston) and Yoshiyuki Okuno (of La Brianza in Tokyo) are set to open Magari in the former space of the Paley restaurant, with Enrico Merendino (formerly of CARA) as executive chef. Expect fresh pasta, a crudo bar, wood-fired meats, and more Italian fare through a Tokyo lens, plus a lounge with an open-air fireplace, cocktail lounge, and an emphasis on Italian wines.

6115 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles,


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