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Atwater Crossing Kitchen: Outdoor dining coming soon

August 22, 2011 | 11:09 am

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Retired chef Sarkis Berghoudian, formerly of Fiddler's Bistro on West 3rd Street in Los Angeles and Blue Pyramid in Glendale, was recently lured back into the kitchen to tend to the wood fire oven at Atwater Crossing Kitchen, which opened earlier this summer.

Located in the heart of the 100,000-square-foot Atwater Crossing complex at 3265-3191 Casitas Ave., the kitchen is part of five industrial buildings spanning five city blocks that are home to creative offices and artisanal manufacturing facilities, including a yoga studio, a theater company and the literary journal Slake: Los Angeles.

Pics 027 USEThe kitchen opened last month for breakfast and lunch but plans to launch dinner service next month. The restaurant will expand its hours to include weekends and will open up its spacious courtyard for what will be an outdoor dining space with communal tables, a bar and a stage for live performances. Amtrak trains roll by in the background, in a surprisingly pleasant way.

The dinner menu is in the works with a fitting winebar concept to complement the relaxed space: Think small plates, Berghoudian's flatbread creations and a beer and wine list.

Atwater Crossing 's new hours (as of Sept. 20) will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pics 029 USE3245 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 522-3488, atwatercrossingkitchen.com.


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