The new restaurant Gunsmoke, by chef Brandon Kida, revisits 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 the base of the Columbia Square Living building – formerly the CBS studio where the original “Gunsmoke” radio show was produced – and serves cuisine that blends Japanese flavor with a range of other cultures, including Filipino, French, Mexican, Spanish and Californian with dishes such as tuna and country ham with marinated green strawberries on a gnocco fritto; snail-style shiitake, garlic butter and homemade baguette; and sisig of lamb with ssam type clothes. Rhino Williams of the Lost Property Bar helped design Gunsmoke’s cocktail menu, which also incorporates Japanese flavor profiles with ingredients such as Macallan’s scotch infused with tea or the house martini with an olive dashi. Gunsmoke is open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with the bar open until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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

Bar Nossa Caipirinha

Brazilian restaurant Los Feliz Nossa has been renamed and reopened as Nossa Caipirinha Bar, modeled after Brazilian botecos, or neighborhood bars, and offering multiple variations of Brazil’s most popular drink. A new partnership between the owners of nearby Farfalla spot, along with 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 Steven Zakarian (All Season Brewing Co.) as bartenders and partners. The menu features Brazilian bar snacks with pão de queijo; grilled xixo, or skewers; and coxhinas, or croquettes. Salads, larger plates, sides and sweets complete the menu. The Nossa Caipirinha Bar is currently open from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Thursday through Monday, with an extensive menu and weekend hours to follow.

1966 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, (323) 644-1798,

With octopus tostadas, fish ceviches, salads and mixed plates, Savida has a patio and elevated indoor seating, including a six-seat counter overlooking the prep bar.

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Raw seafood restaurant and bar Savida — founded in and formerly Israel — is now open in Santa Monica, bringing ceviches, crudos, oysters and more to the former Sushi Sho space. Chef Dan Smulovitz (Craft the Hungry Cat) draws inspiration primarily from the Mediterranean as well as Japan for dishes like octopus tostada with harissa, candied lemon, kalamata olives and tzatziki; hamachi with yuzu kosho soy tomato sauce; and plaice ceviche with aji amarillo. Savida is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday.

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

Seoul Buddies

Seoulmates, a fast-casual new spot in Beverly Grove, serves Korean-Korean fusion dishes born out of Christina Hong’s pandemic-boosted pop-up, BulgHoagie. The menu includes Hong’s signature hoagie filled with bulgogi, kimchi remoulade, provolone and grilled onions; galbi tacos; jackfruit “birria” tacos with gochujang; Bibimbap; and Korean fried chicken. Seoulmates is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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

A man stands in front of an espresso machine.

Cafe owner and roaster Max Gualtieri brings Joules and Watts to Koreatown with single-origin coffee beans, a mobile espresso bar, and weekday baked goods.

(Stephanie Breijo/Los Angeles Times)

Joules and Watts

Local coffee bar and roaster Joules and Watts is moving to Koreatown indefinitely in the Sugar Bank art space. 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 sells lattes, cold brews, bags of coffee beans and croissants, danishes and other pastries from Friends & Family Bakery from a mobile platform he built himself. Joules and Watts hits K-town from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

205 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles,


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