Very Small Bites, Part I: Veggie Grill, McCormick & Schmick's, Bluewater Grill
Secretly vegan, fast-casual restaurant the Veggie Grill, which has been under construction for months, will open in late September in the renovated Sunset Plaza at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights. 8000 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood. www.veggiegrill.com.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants began offering a "Reel to Reel" deal on July 24: Guests who purchase any dinner entrée can add a movie ticket for $5. The deal will run through September, or while supplies last. www.McCormickandSchmicks.com/ReeltoReel.
Sushi chef Akihiko Noro has left Manhattan Beach's Sashi to become executive sushi chef at Bluewater Grill. He'll be based at the Redondo location but will develop a new sushi menu for all three locations: Redondo, Newport and Tustin. www.bluewatergrill.com.
-- Elina Shatkin
Photo: Red snapper and Dungeness crab cakes at the Bluewater Grill, circa 1999. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times