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Mongolian in Redondo, Brazilian in Hermosa, food festivals and other events

The steps to the beach: Thanks to a recent opening, Redondo has a curious distinction—it’s home to one of only two restaurants in greater Los Angeles serving authentic Mongolian cuisine. Ayan, which means “life” in Mongolian, is located in the former Denny’s at Artesia and Aviation. They opened last week, serving dumplings, stir-fries and other simple, mildly flavored dishes from the great northern grasslands, as well as Asian fusion and some Italian-inspired items. They are still in the soft opening phase and working the bugs out of their ordering system, so dining there may take a while, but they offer an experience you can’t get anywhere else in the area (1760 Aviation, RB) .

Ayan, which means “life” in Mongolian, has opened in the former location of the former Denny’s at Artesia and Aviation in Redondo Beach. Photo by Richard Foss

And more openings: And there has been a lot lately. Panela’s, which has operated a successful restaurant in a residential area of ​​North Redondo for years, is serving in the former Silvio’s at Pier Plaza. They offer the classics of Brazilian cuisine and have a following in the South American community. This high-profile location will introduce them to the wider community (20 Pier Avenue, HB) … Another outgrowth of a local success is the South Redondo location of Lobster Guy’s Rolls & Fries, which opened just a year after their popular Artesia- branch. They opened so recently that the company website does not yet mention their existence, but I had lunch there so I can attest that they are open (800 S. PCH, Redondo)… There are also two openings in Rolling Hills Estates, which are usually not a hive of restaurant business. Little Oliva, which has the same ownership as Yellow Vase Café, serves Mediterranean food at the location that was briefly Cheebo. The mainstays of the short menu are Greek and Italian, with a small amount of global items, and the prices are modest (700 Deep Valley Drive, RHE)… And in last month’s edition of this column, I had noted that Brewco Social had opened but then closed while a permission issue was resolved. It was handled quickly and they serve the full menu now (124 MB Boulevard, MB…

Upcoming attractions: Construction is underway at the former Chez Melange/Perfect Storm location on a restaurant that will be called Montauk. No menu has been released yet, but since that Long Island town is known as a fishing port, it will likely be heavy on seafood. Their Instagram feed promises coastal plates, and I guess they’re not referring to the china, but to what’s on it… The Sleepy Seal Coffee Shop is coming to a little cabin on PCH near Siam I Am, and I have name questions , which begins with whether the holder is a true aquatic mammal. I had no idea pinnipeds enjoyed coffee, but if the seal is still sleepy after knocking back a few lattes, maybe it should switch from decaffeinated to stronger. We won’t know the answer until this fall, as a lot of construction remains to be done… I only know a little more about MaPi Eatery, namely that they plan to serve sandwiches, salads and smoothies from another small location on PCH. If anyone out there can put me in touch with the owners so I can find out the reason for the name and when they will be opening, my contact information is at the end of this column… Finally I have been getting a lot of questions about the opening of Beachlife Grotto in Riviera Village, which is scheduled to debut within the next month. Chef Jacob Ramos will be the Exec for both the Riviera Village location and the ambitious California Surf Club project. His CV includes visits to elegant restaurants in LA and Cabo San Lucas. The menu will be seafood-centric and promises recipes that are global yet tradition-based, which sounds exciting… Readers have asked what will be in the vacant spaces next to the Cinema West Theater at Rosecrans. The former PF Chang’s is vacant and on the market, but there’s a surprising development next door. According to a reliable source, the space that was The Butcher, The Baker and Cappuccino Maker may reopen under the same ownership. There was one clue I missed – they’ve been closed for two years, but the murals on the walls haven’t been repainted, as an owner would do if they were looking for a new tenant…

And endings: In a review of Aprons that came out just two weeks ago, I pondered whether a modest family restaurant could survive on Hermosa Avenue downtown. I didn’t expect to get a response this quickly. The Aprons closed just before the Fourth of July holiday and will be replaced by another location for the fast-growing El Goloso chain. This is notable in two ways – that location has been three restaurants in the past nine months, Blue Agave, Marena and Aprons, so it’s about to be four. I know of no other place with that dubious distinction. Second, it means that, at least temporarily, El Goloso will have three locations within a mile of each other in Hermosa, on PCH, Pier Avenue and Hermosa Avenue. I think they may be approaching saturation point. I called Pier Avenue to ask if they were closing, but the staff who answered said they hadn’t heard anything… Breakfast Burrito Factory on PCH remains closed after more than a month, with a sign on the door saying they lacked a permit to operate . This is a paperwork issue rather than a sign that something unsafe was going on in the short time they were open, but the fact that it hasn’t been resolved after more than a month is a problem. This place has been four restaurants in two years, and an exorcism may be in order…

Event Alerts: One of Redondo’s most beloved events is the Greek Festival, which will be in St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church July 12-14. This year celebrates six decades of the event which includes music, dance, children’s games and more. Head to 722 Knob Hill Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday, and wish them a happy anniversary and sixty more years… Dine LA Restaurant Week also begins July 12th and runs through the 26th, and as always many South Bay restaurants participate. If there’s a place you’ve been curious about, look them up on the DiscoverLosAngeles.com site — there’s no better time to explore the restaurant community… Radici is hosting their monthly wine pairing dinner on July 14, featuring shrimp and zucchini risotto, braised lamb shoulder and other delicacies. It’s $105 plus tax and tip, about $135 – reserve at the restaurant or on their Open Table page…. The Terranea Food & Wine Festival will take over the resort on July 21, and as always there will be plenty more to delight the palate and your other senses — a variety of spirits will be available for tasting, plus Caribbean music by Upstream, yacht rock by the Astro Yachts and more. Check out their website for full details and to purchase tickets — it’s $180 for a day of fun and indulgence… And finally, on July 24th PSP Steak will host a summer wine dinner with Mt. Beautiful and Armistead Wines from New Zealand. These events are always delightful and informative – they’re $150 including tax and tip, and you can book on their Open Table page…

A false clue… It was announced that the former art gallery at 208 Manhattan Beach Boulevard would be converted into an ocean-view restaurant, and there was some excitement when a poster went up announcing the imminent opening of something called King Claw. There is a chain of crab and lobster joints called King Claw Seafood & Bar, based in the Carolinas, and the company’s logo came up in searches for this property. A visit this weekend revealed that the actual tenant is a pop-up shop called King Claw, with scratch machines, stuffed toys and other novelties. The store is obviously a placeholder, so work on the restaurant renovation will likely begin after the summer…

In conclusion: If you know of a restaurant opening that I may have missed, a culinary event that should be covered, or just about anything food related that I should know about, please send the information my way. I’m at [email protected]. And while you’re online, check out past restaurant reviews on our website at https://easyreadernews.com/restaurants. YOUR

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