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Restaurant Spotting: This week's openings, more to come

February 6, 2009 | 11:00 am


Despite an economy whose outlook is increasingly grim, restaurant openings are continuing apace. This week's openings bring you: Fig, the "seasonal" bistro at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica; Toscanova in Century City; and Tonys in West Hollywood.

At Fig, there's an extensive bistro-by-the-beach menu with tarte flambee, steak frites, rillettes, plenty of salads, and what might be an overabundance of references to "locally sourced," "organically grown," "principles of sustainability," "indigenous ingredients," etc. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 319-3111.

Toscanova is the latest from restaurateur Agostino Sciandri (Ago on Melrose and more recently an outpost in the Greenwich Hotel in New York). It's family-style "northern Italian," located in the Westfield Shopping Center in Century City (near Houston's). 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, (310) 551-0499.

We've said plenty thus far about Tonys West Hollywood, set to open today. It's the casual Italian steakhouse from Tony Riviera of Primo Hospitality Group (Caffe Primo). In these times, it's probably worth noting again that the menu promises nothing over $25. 8570 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 289-1145.

And just on the horizon: Cabbage Patch, from former Rustic Canyon chef Samir Mohajer, is expected to open any second now in Beverly Hills. And in the weeks to come, there will be some majors, such as Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne's Brentwood restaurant Tavern (not to be confused with Westside Tavern, the project from former Whist chef Warren Schwartz, opening around the same time), the Rustic Canyon-adjacent bakery Huckleberry and Susan Feniger's Street. Stay tuned.

-- Betty Hallock

Photo courtesy of Tonys