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  1. Look Who’s Popping Up
    Pascal Olhats Plans Pop-Up in His Own Restaurant to Keep Tradition AliveThe chef plans a 26-seater in Newport’s Fashion Islands, to serve signatures three nights a week.
  2. Openings
    Let The Boozy Brunching Begin: Bagatelle Opens Today in West HollywoodBouchon vet Scott Quinn plans pickled pork belly and foie gras terrine on a seasonal menu. Oh, and champagne, lots of champagne.
  3. Closings
    Park Avenue Bistro Is Finis, AussiIt’s a bad-news day for restaurant closings.
  4. Mediavore
    Acme Markets to Cut 800 More Jobs; Say Hello to South African Fried ChickenPlus: savoring every bite keeps French woman from getting fat; and people are still leery of genetically modified salmon, all in our morning news roundup.
  5. Video Feeds
    Cafe Stella Throws a Community Meeting and No One Shows UpThe owner currently has a rendering and video that tries to placate the angry mob.
  6. Downtown
    Another Restaurant Row Grows in DowntownWith the remodel of Water Grill and the coming of Armen Hakobayan’s Industriel, Grand Ave. may be the next hot spot.
  7. Imports
    Bagatelle Opening in Early FebruaryGet your tans up to snuff and your ears tuned to techno, as the Euro-heavy New York import is coming soon.
  8. Coming Soon
    Kitchen Table Set to Serve Downtown, Opening Aside Baco Mercat in Two WeeksThe long-cooking restaurant will serve market-lead bistro fare from a Church & State veteran.
  9. Temporary Closings
    Le Saint Amour Takes An Arrow to The HeartSo far, the French food scene in L.A. is off to a bit of a rocky start.
  10. The Other Critics
    J. Gold Pours One Out for Angeli Caffe; Virbila Lists Her Five FavoriteElsewhere, The L.A. Weekly critic uncovers tarte flambe and the best sushi in Pasadena.
  11. Fever for Lefebvre
    What to Eat at LudoBites 8.0, Now Open at Lemon MoonAdhering closer to his French foundation, the chef must be saving some energy for a stand against the upcoming foie gras ban.
  12. Menus
    Check Out Ben Bailly’s First Menu For Cliff’s EdgeThe former Petrossian executive chef plans a shifting menu of Mediterranean roots and sterling product.
  13. Fever for Lefebvre
    How to Make a LudoBites 8.0 Reservation: The Official Step-By-Step RulesSeven bullet points of procedure to ease your mind this morning.
  14. Menus
    Cafe Livre et Le Marche Brings Tea-Smoked Rillettes and Tea-Infused AguasFarid Zadi is opening a new garden patio for tea-infused dishes and fermented Chinese tea.
  15. David Myers
    How David Myers Draws Inspiration From ParisThe Comme Ca chef cites his favorite street meat and macarons in The City of Lights.
  16. Openings
    Le Zinque Opens on Abbot Kinney for Ethical Mud and French McMuffinsThe cafe offers a more relaxed counterpoint to the street’s buzzing restaurant and coffee scene.
  17. Openings
    France’s Fast-Casual Planetalis Opens Today in DowntownThis is the first U.S. location for the Gallic brand.
  18. Chef Shuffles
    Sebastien Archambault Bolts L’Epicerie for Washington, D.C.The chef has gone to work at the Park Hyatt’s Blue Duck Tavern.
  19. The Breakfast Club
    Farid Zadi Starts All-Day Breakfast at Cafe Livre et Le MarcheThere’s even a plate named for Ludo, without any foie gras!
  20. Coming Soon
    What to Expect at James Graham’s Ba, Opening Soon in Highland ParkAs James Graham’s original Tuscon diner closes, another door opens in Northeast L.A.
  21. Openings
    Maison Giraud Open for Lunch Today!The chef compares his restaurant delays to having a baby.
  22. Openings
    Maison Giraud Hoping to Open This WeekUnfortunately, the Anisette chef’s follow-up is still not ready for the crowds, despite reports elsewhere.
  23. Mediavore
    Maya Angelou Pens New Cookbook; 15% of U.S. Used Food Stamps in AugustThe great U.S. author publishes her second recipe collection called Great Food, All Day Long.
  24. The Happiest Hours on Earth
    RH at Andaz Starts Seven at Seven TomorrowWe’ll go for the discounted duck confit we adored under Sebastien Archambault.
  25. Openings
    Eat.Good.Clean.Food Becoming Cafe Livre et Le Marche, Open November 1stThe new French-centered cafe concept will focus on take-out for busy professionals.
  26. Openings
    Eat.Good.Clean.Food Soft-Opens This Weekend in Culver City with a Cous CousFarid Zadi is holding a cous cous festival, while the epicerie’s front will sell its prepared foods.
  27. Empire Building
    Bacaro’s Santos Uy Plans Papilles in Los FelizIt will be another “bistronomique” restaurant with a currently unnamed star chef.
  28. Empire Building
    Farid Zadi and Team Taking Over Culver City with Eat. Good. Clean. FoodThe restaurant will fuse French cooking with U.S. comfort dishes and serve as the new home of the chef’s Ecole de Cuisine.
  29. Coming Soon
    Walter Manzke Plans République in Downtown Next SpringThe bistronomics concept will be paired alongside a bakery from Margarita Manzke.
  30. Openings
    The Perch Presides Over Downtown, Starting TomorrowBaked frogs legs and cordon bleu poppers will mark the debut of this heavily anticipated French-inspired rooftop lounge.
  31. Happy Birthday
    Jiraffe Offers $28 Menu Every Last ThursdayRaphael Lunetta’s acclaimed Santa Monica restaurant is turning fifteen.
  32. Mixocalypse
    A Sneak Peak at Alex Ott’s Cocktails, Coming to Rosé on FridayThe libations are fruit heavy and mostly clear, with shout-outs to stars of French cinema.
  33. Openings
    A Look at Bistro Oh La La, Opening This Weekend in Redondo BeachCreative croque monsieur and several variations on mussels come from French chef and owner Frederic Escudier.
  34. Beef
    Ba’s Jonathan Graham Takes On Highland Park’s Teetotal PartyIs this the return of Carrie Nation or do the neighbors just not understand the requirements of a worthy French meal?
  35. Empire Building
    Soleil Is Adding P’tit Soleil For Tapas, Cocktails, and a Poutine MenuThe restaurant wants to highlight French small plates and Quebecois tapas.
  36. Fever For Lefebvre
    LudoBites is Back, Now With More Foie GrasThe rebellious chef vows to use more of the same ingredient that had him protested in Redondo Beach.
  37. Coming Soon
    A French Bistro Grows in Highland ParkThe neighborhood known for its taco trucks is about to get cassoulets and roasts using daily procured meats.
  38. Trimmings
    Intimacy Be Damned, Cafe Stella Hopes to ExpandBut the good news is there could be booze!
  39. Imports
    Bagatelle Bringing Its Boozy Brunches to Budoir SpaceNew York’s French bistro known for its pricey menu and wild booze brunches is coming to the former Budoir space.
  40. Temporary Closings
    Laurent Quenioux’s So-Called ‘Third Strike’ Might Only Be a Foul-TipThe chef tweets that Bistro LQ will be back soon.
  41. Mediavore
    Charlie Sheen Is Just Chill’s Dream Shill; Frat Bros. Go GourmetA relaxation soda thinks Charlie Sheen could use a belt of their good stuff.
  42. Imports
    New York’s Bagatelle Coming to L.A.Expect French bistro fare and, if we’re lucky, some pretty people dancing on tables.
  43. Sweet Things
    Jean-Francois Meteigner Dreams Up a New DessertThe La Cachette Bistro chef tells us how he invented his caviar-topped truffles and even uses the word “volia!”
  44. Coming Soon
    Montaigne Social House Opening February 11 in HollywoodAt least, that’s what we’re pretty sure Hollywood’s new French-American restaurant is called.
  45. Menus
    La Cachette Bistro Drops New French Tapas Menu For A New Year, Ditches The WhiteJean Francois Meteigner attempts to emphasis the restaurant’s more casual approach to French food.
  46. Openings
    La Seine Plans December 28th Opening With Chef Alex ReznikThe Top Chef alum is preparing market-driven French food with Asian accents and it’s all kosher.
  47. Slideshows
    A Look Into L’Epicerie, Thierry Perez’s Everyday European Everything in CulverA bakery, European magazine depot, tapas bar, wine store, and full-service restaurant also has a cool look of industrial fixtures and chocolate paint.
  48. Top Chef Alumni Newsletter
    Top Chef Elia Opening L.A.’s Avec Moi in 2011“The look is going to be like old French brothel,” the chef-testant says.
  49. Look Who’s Popping Up
    What Alain Giraud Will Cook as Cheval Blanc Bistro’s Guest ChefThe chef has been cooking around town in preparation for his forthcoming Maison Giraud.
  50. The Other Critics
    WP24 Charms Gold, But Not With Its Chinese; Virbila Swoons for CleoL.A. Weekly finds Puck’s luxury sky-scraping restaurant hit or miss, while L.A. Times is content with The Redbury’s trendy Hollywood scene.
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