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M.B. Post to open next week; bring on the beach-y cocktails (plus, more openings)

Cocktail.pg M.B. Post, the restaurant from former Water Grill chef David LeFevre, is expected to open Monday in Manhattan Beach. It's just steps away from the water, so where better to enjoy a summer cocktail (ok, it's still spring, but there's no need to get all literal at a bar)?  

The cocktail menu -- created with the help of general manager Jerry Garbus and augmented with LeFevre's nectars, salts and jams -- is a combination of updated classics and beach-y remixes. (Cocktails to go with English pea soup, olive-oil-poached tomato and creme fraiche; or pomegranate couscous with lavender feta, marcona almonds and mint; or spring garlic bacon tart; or Alaskan halibut cheek and chips with Meyer lemon remoulade; or grilled veal short rib with sesame soy glaze and spicy kimchi....) 

The Manhattan Avenue is a sweet-savory version of a Manhattan: rye whiskey, Vya sweet vermouth and sea-salt-caramel-vanilla-bean bitters. It gets strained into a martini glass partially rimmed in bacon dust, garnished with a cherry soaked in a peaty Scotch. 

The Greyhound gets taken a few steps further than the Salty Dog; the Old George (pictured) is Chopin potato vodka and fresh grapefruit juice poured over basil and ice, topped with a raspberry-pink-peppercorn jam and candied grapefruit in a glass partially rimmed with kosher salt. 

Other cocktails on the menu include the Mo-Pho-Jito -- think mojito with the flavors of Southeast Asia -- silver rum, kaffir lime, mint and ginger nectar with a coriander honey gastrique. And what's a cocktail-menu-by-the-beach without a Margarita? M.B. Post's Avila's Heir has serrano pepper and yuzu-infused agave nectar.  

1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach; (310) 545-5405; www.eatmbpost.com. 

Also now open: 

The Malibu Inn: More drinks by the beach at the rock-n-roll Malibu Inn, which recently was renovated and this week reopened with a menu from consulting chef Angelo Sosa, a former "Top Chef" contestant. 22969 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu; (310) 456-6060.

The Fat Dog:A new gastropub, the Fat Dog, is open on Fairfax Avenue. It's dog-friendly. 801 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 951-0030; www.thefatdogla.com. 

M Street Kitchen and Stella Rossa Pizza Bar: The restaurant formerly known as La Grande Orange in Santa Monica is suddenly M Street Kitchen, with an adjacent pizzeria called Stella Rossa Pizza Bar. 2000 Main St., Santa Monica; (310) 396-9145; www.mstreetkitchen.com. 


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Photo: The Old George cocktail courtesy of M.B. Post

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