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Chaya downtown opening early next week to general public

March 11, 2009 |  2:30 pm

ChayaAfter a few "friends and family" gatherings this week, Chaya's downtown L.A. outpost is shooting for a Monday opening. The original Alden Drive location celebrates 25 years of business this year, and the well-known Japanese/French fusion restaurant has locations in Venice and near Beverly Hills. The new location will serve up fare similar to that at the other restaurants, including customer favorites such as tuna sashimi and Kobe beef rolls. The official grand opening party is currently set for March 21 (the party is a closed event and is invite-only). Once this nearly 200-person capacity restaurant is open, you can expect an early and expanded happy hour (3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily) and a private dining room that seats close to 30.

Chaya, 525 S. Flower St., (213) 236-9577.

-- Charlie Amter

Photo: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times