Black Friday openings: FarmShop bakery, Obika Mozzarella Bar, L.A. Creamery Artisan Ice Cream
On your way to the stampede for flat-screen TVs, you might also want to keep in mind the Black Friday restaurant openings at Brentwood Country Mart, Beverly Center and Westfield Topanga Shopping Center. Ice cream break, anyone?
FarmShop: Jeff Cerciello, who headed Thomas Keller's Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery and Ad Hoc, has opened FarmShop bakery in the Brentwood Country Mart, taking over the space that formerly housed Maury Rubin's City Bakery. This is the first phase of FarmShop's opening, according to a release. The bakery will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, with brunch service expected to start the weekend of Dec. 4. Breakfast, lunch and family-style dinners soon will follow. The market, featuring cheese, charcuterie, a butcher, prepared foods, and wine and beer is slated to open next year.
Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Suite 25, Santa Monica, (310) 566-2400, www.farmshopla.com.
Obika Mozzarella Bar: The second L.A. outpost of the Italian chain of mozzarella-focused restaurants is open in Beverly Center. Just as at the Century City location, the Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP is flown in three times a week from Italy. Besides seasonal panini such as speck affumicato dell'Alto Adige with grilled artichokes and wild arugula, the menu features other cheeses, Italian specialties and California produce. Open on Black Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Suite K604, Los Angeles, (310) 652-2088, www.obikala.com.
L.A. Creamery Artisan Ice Cream: Chef-partner Jessica Goryl, formerly of Cafe del Rey and Laurent Tourondel's BLT Steak, uses Straus Family Creamery dairy and offers 16 to 18 house-made rotating flavors daily. Also: sorbets, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, bonbons and fresh fruit popsicles. Plus baked goods, Intelligentsia coffee and tea from the Art of Tea. (Note: It's next to Nordstrom.)
Westfield Topanga Shopping Center, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 1044, Canoga Park, (818) 340-2663, www.lacreamery.com.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: Obika's Century City location. Credit: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times