Salt Air Opening on Abbot Kinney in May; Smoke Extinguished on Melrose

Soon to be "Salt Air"
Soon to be "Salt Air" Photo: Yo! Venice!

Bell Gardens: El Coraloense earns strong praise for its “sickenly affordable” mariscos. [SinoSoul]
Century City: On April 13, Rocksugar Pan Asian Restaurant will celebrate Songkran with Thai dancers, live music, and free shrimp toast appetizers for diners having lunch and dinner. [GS]
Citywide: Mike Haro, an associate producer on Southland recounts some of the show’s culinary high-points, including visits to El Tepeyac, Cha Cha Cha, and Bottega Louie to shoot the show. [Squid Ink]
Downtown: The Melt is giving away 10,000 free grilled cheese sandwiches on Friday April 12 at its various stores. You just have to sign some stuff first. [LAist]
–In addition to adding new burgers and salads, Juicy Lucy is extending its hours from 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. every Monday thru Friday. [GS]
Encino: Veggie Grill opens its latest location on Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. The first 50 guests get a $10 gift-card to the plant-based restaurant. [GS]

Glendale: Jonathan Gold prefers Zankou’s chicken to the tacos at the owners’ new Ara Tacos, as intrigued as he is with eating at “the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell of the Armenian world!” [LAT]
Highland Park: 27-year-old Sun’s is being pushed out of the gentrifying neighborhood, with owner Phillip Sun wondering about the next ten years of his life as the landlord seeks another, higher paying tenant. [Patch]
Hollywood: Watch Boa’s salad getting tossed. [You Tube]
–Chateau Marmont has a secret cocktail menu. [Digest]
–Nate Appleman is cooking a $135 eight course menu at Animal on April 15. [Eater]
Tickets are still available to watch Roy Choi and Anthony Bourdain give a dual talk at The Pantages Theater on April 16. [Zagat]
Marina del Rey: DoubleTree by Hilton is taking over The Courtyard Los Angeles Marina del Rey and will announce a new restaurant concept in 2014. We know the wait is killing you.[Meetings Focus]
Newport: Sprinkles Ice Cream opens tomorrow morning in Corona del Mar Plaza. [GS]
Pasadena: Bodega at The Market on Holly is hosting a pop-up on Friday, April 12, featuring The Produce Project’s farm stand, tri-tip, chicken and tilapia tacos, six-dollar glasses of wine and four-buck beer, and live jazz from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. [GS]
Santa Monica: Soho House is prowling around the area for a second location, with eyes also on Downtown. [The Daily Truffle]
Venice: David Reiss’ new Abbot-Kinney restaurant (the one we told you about last fall) will be named “Salt Air” and is looking to a May debut. [Yo! Venice]
West Adams: The Counter’s new concept, Built Custom Burgers, is now open and serving the South Central neighborhood surrounding USC. [GS]
West Hollywood: Smoke on Melrose is already calling it quits. [Eater]
West L.A.: Sasabune is going back to its single-story roots by taking over the former home of Seed Bistro, across from Middle Eastern cafe Layla. [Eater]