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Gjelina Adding Take-Out Depot; Mezze Opening in Late-March

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Gjeina's fried egg BLTPhoto: Kthread via Flickr

Beverly Hills: Porterhouse Bistro has closed due to an expired lease and higher rent. Owners say the brand is strong though and it could return. [Squid Ink]
Brea: Two40South, a new wine bar for chef Jacko Ourfalian's tapas, enomatic wines, and live music will open this June on Brea Boulevard. [Feast]
Century City: Obika is hosting Italian sommeliers on March 15th and April 19th for "Wines from the Sea" and "Wines from the Mountain," a primer on Italy's wine-making, with five glasses of wine paired with the restaurants dishes for $30 each seminar. [Grub Street]
Downtown: Chef Gilberto Cetina of Chichen Itza is penning a cookbook called Chef Cetina's Kitchen on the foods and recipes of the Yucatan with writer Katharine A. Diaz. [Grub Street]

Fairfax Farmers Market: Initial construction appears to have started on Nancy Silverton's Short Order Burger, with a recently erected barrier keeping strays from wandering onto the walkway between Starbucks and Du Par's. [Mondette]
Santa Monica: From 5:00-6:00 P.M. every Tuesday to Thursday, Fig is offering half-off of all food and drink. [Squid Ink]
Sushi Roku is getting a new menu on March 14th, similar to the new one at Sushi Roku Hollywood. [Grub Street]
Venice: Gjelina is opening a take-out depot, lamely called "GTO." Isn't eating at Gjelina without having your $700 yoga pants seen by the room somehow missing the whole point? [Eater]
West Hollywood: Doughboys Bakery opened a small retail component with only two outdoor tables next to House Cafe, selling pastries, breads, and desserts with Intelligentsia coffee. [Eater]
Mezze, replacing the old Sona space with Micah Wexler's Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, is opening at the end of March with yellowtail crudo and wood-oven farm chicken with zatar. [Feast]

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