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Post & Beam set to open in December

November 15, 2011 |  4:21 pm

GovindPost & Beam, the new restaurant from chef Govind Armstrong (of Table 8 and 8 oz. Burger Bar) and partners Brad Johnson and David Borrego, is scheduled to open in Baldwin Hills next month.

Expect California-style comfort food and house-made pizzas near the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in the middle of the Crenshaw District. (The name is a reference to the mid-century architecture in the area.) The project comes in conjunction with the $30-million renovation and redevelopment of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

“We designed Post & Beam to bring something unique yet casual to this neighborhood,” says Johnson in a release. “We hope the restaurant will serve as a local gathering place, and also offer others less familiar with the area a reason to visit.”

Armstrong, who returns to the L.A. dining scene after Table 8-turned 8 Oz. Burger Bar closed on Melrose Avenue, plans to source ingredients locally, such as from South Central Farmers Cooperative and other urban farmers in the area. The kitchen also will work with Dandelion Ranch to grow additional herbs and vegetables for the restaurant’s test garden.

On the  menu? House-spiced corn nuts and small plates such as turkey sausage meatballs with spicy roasted tomato sauce and wood-oven-baked mussels with grilled bread and paprika butter. Big plates include short ribs with fresh horseradish and cornmeal-crusted Idaho trout with sides such as greens with smoked ham hock and charred broccolini. The beer and wine list will largely feature a selection from California, Oregon and Washington.            

3767 Santa Rosalia Drive, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Los Angeles. 

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Govind Armstrong  Credit: Simon Hare