New restaurant Gunsmoke, from chef Brandon Kida, riffs on Japanese flavors


Chef Brandon Kida of Hinoki & the Bird, Go Go Gyoza and Go Go Bird has a new restaurant, this time in Hollywood. Gunsmoke is located at the foot of the Columbia Square Living building – which was once the CBS studio where the original “Gunsmoke” radio show was produced – and serves dishes that blend Japanese flavors with other cultures, including Philippines, France, Mexico, Spain and California with dishes like tuna and country ham with blueberries pickled on top of gnocco fritto; escargot-inspired shiitake with garlic butter and homemade baguette; and sisig sheep with ssam breed accretion. Lost Property Bar’s Rhino Williams helped design Gunsmoke’s cocktail menu, which also combines Japanese flavors with ingredients like Macallan scotch infused with tea or the signature martini with dashi olives. Gunsmoke is open from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with the bar open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

1550 N. El Centro Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 396-9400,

Nossa Caipirinha Bar

The Nossa restaurant in Los Feliz Brazil has changed its name and reopened as the Nossa Caipirinha Bar, modeled after Brazilian botecos or neighborhood bars and offering variations on the country’s most popular drinks. Brazil. A new partnership between the owners of neighboring venue Farfalla, as well as the teams behind Found Oyster and Red Dog Saloon, has appointed Rory Cameron (Found Oyster) as executive chef and partner, and Shannon Inouye (Imperial Western Beer Co.) and Stevan Zakarian (All Seasons Brewing Co.) as team leader and partner. The menu includes Brazilian bar snacks with pão de queijo; Grilled Xixo, or skewers; and coxhinas, or croquettes. Salads, larger plates, sides and sweets round out the menu. Nossa Caipirinha Bar is now open from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Monday, with an extensive menu and weekend hours.

1966 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 644-1798,

Tostada octopus with herbs and preserved lemon.

Featuring octopus sandwiches, fish sandwiches, creative salads and plates, Savida has a patio and upstairs seating indoors, including a six-seat counter overlooking the bartender.

(Jakob N. Layman / Savida)


Seafood restaurant and live bar Savida – previously established in Israel – has now opened its doors in Santa Monica, bringing toast, crackers, oysters and more to the former Sushi Sho space. Chef Dan Smulovitz (Craft, the Hungry Cat) draws heavily on Mediterranean as well as Japanese inspiration for dishes like octopus tostada with harissa, preserved lemon, kalamata olives and tzatziki; hamachi with yuzu kosho soy ketchup; and halibut ceviche with aji amarillo. Savida is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

1303 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, (310) 310-3772,

Friends in Seoul

Seoulmate, a fast and casual new spot in Beverly Grove, is serving up Korean and Korean fusion dishes born of Christina Hong’s pandemic pop-up, BulgHoagie. The menu includes Hong’s signature hoagie with bulgogi filling, remade kimchi, grilled meat and grilled onions; galbi tacos; gochujang jackfruit “birria” tacos; bibimbap; and Korean fried chicken. Seoul Friends is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

8320 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323) 424-4863,

A man stands by an espresso machine.

Owner and coffee roaster Max Gualtieri is bringing Joules and Watts to Koreatown with single-origin beans, a portable espresso bar and weekday pastries.

(Stephanie Breijo / Los Angeles Times)

Joules and Watts

Local coffee shop and roaster Joules and Watts is making an invisible appearance at art space Koreatown at Sugar Bank. Max Gualtieri’s former Joules and Watts location in Malibu is now Broad Street Coffee Co. – run by the team behind local seafood chain Broad Street Oyster Co. – and Gualtieri is selling latte, cold brew, bags of beans and croissants. other pastries from Friends & Family bakery out of a portable rig he built himself. Joules and Watts appear in K-town from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

205 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, New restaurant Gunsmoke, from chef Brandon Kida, riffs on Japanese flavors

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