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Small Bites: Schmidt's Brauhaus to open downtown, 20 Italian wines in 20 days at Cube

August 28, 2009 |  6:00 am

Pretzenbeer Schnitzel! Pretzels! Beer!: German restaurant Schmidt's Brauhaus is scheduled to open downtown this fall, serving regional favorites, including sausages, schnitzels and pretzels in a 7,000-square-foot space at Olympic Boulevard near Olive Street. There will be a biergarten separate from the dining area. Also, a new supper club called First & Hope is scheduled to open in the fall -- at 1st and Hope streets -- with "modern American comfort food," according to a release. Schmidt's Brauhaus, 330 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 514-5354, www.schmidtsbrauhaus.com.

A wine a day: Cafe and marketplace Cube on La Brea Avenue is offering $12-or-less by-the-glass regional Italian wines -- one per day over 20 business days starting Sept. 8. Each wine will come from one of 20 regions and will be a winner of a Gambero Rosso award, Italy's honor for excellence in wine making. Wines will be offered only by the glass, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Featured vintages will include the 2007 "Zuani" Collio Bianco from Friuli and the 2006 "Bonci San Michele" Verdicchio, from Le Marche. 615 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 939-1148, www.cubemarketplace.com.

-- Betty Hallock

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