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Small bites: late-night Red Line service (for bargoers), Santa Monica Seafood names chef, Hungry Cat fundraiser

November 21, 2008 |  4:33 pm


"Go Metro to your favorite night spot": Late-night revelers, take note. Extended hours for the Metro Red Line (from North Hollywood to Union Station) start tonight, running every 20 minutes until 3 a.m. The service continues every Friday and Saturday night until Dec. 27 for the holidays. 213 Inc. is offering a dollar discount on drinks for anyone who shows their Metro Red Line ticket stubs at the following watering holes: Seven Grand, Broadway Bar, Golden Gopher, Casey's Irish Bar & Grill and Cole's French Dip (grand opening Dec. 6). (Dash and Amtrak tickets also will be honored.)

UPDATE: Also starting tonight, the downtown DASH will run two free holiday buses until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The route runs in a loop from 1st and Grand through the jewelry and financial districts down to the convention center and back up Main Street.

The new Santa Monica Seafood gets a chef: Scott Leibfried has been named executive chef of the retail store and cafe that's scheduled to open in January. Leibfried formerly worked at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills and was executive chef at Napa Valley Grille in Westwood. You might recall him as a sous chef on Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen." The "Italian-inspired" cafe menu is still under construction. See more at Eater L.A. Santa Monica Seafood (new location opening January), 1000 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, www.santamonicaseafood.com.

Love from the Hungry Cat: In appreciation of the Hollywood Farmers' Market, the Hungry Cat is planning a fundraiser on Dec. 9, with a three-course dinner "celebrating the diversity of the market," $75 per person. That's not including house cocktails featuring, of course, the market's fruits and vegetables -- such as the Greyhound Proper, Plymouth gin, fresh grapefruit juice and candied grapefruit. The Hungry Cat, 1535 N. Vine, Hollywood, (323) 462-2155, www.thehungrycat.com.

-- Betty Hallock

Metro map of Red Line