Ocean Prime Opening in Beverly Hills; Connie & Ted's Coming in Late May

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Beverly Hills: The eleventh link in Cameron Mitchell's Ohio-based Ocean Prime/Ocean's Club chain of seafood, steak, and cocktail restaurants is opening in an 11,400-square-foot space on Wilshire Blvd. in spring of 2014. [Biz Journals]
Chinatown: Roy Choi's Chego reopens in its new home this Saturday at 11:00 A.M. [Squid Ink]
Culver City: 041 Bacaro opened this week next to Lyfe Kitchen for a rustic Italian menu with no shortage of cicchetti and seafood dishes, engineered by consulting chef Walter el Nagar of Barbershop in Mar Vista. [Eater]
Downtown: Fifteen-year-old French Garden is closing on May 24. [LADTN]
--Author Jon Krampner will present "Creamy & Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter" along with the Culinary Historians of Southern California on May 11th at Los Angeles Public Library's Mark Taper Auditorium. Free to the public, reservations not necessary. [GS]

Echo Park: Arzak, Jean Georges, and Mugaritz-veteran Sergio Perera is now preparing prix-fixe dinners every Monday and Tuesday night through May 21 at Cortez, under the banner of The Amalur Project, with 60% of the product foraged in the wild on any given night. [SI]
Hollywood: Bludso's begins lunch service this Saturday. [GS]
--The Spare Room's Monday "Game Nights" are being sponsored by Caliche Rum, leading Naomi Schimek to unleash new Caliche cocktails while guests compete in bowling and board game tournaments. [GS]
Manhattan Beach: New Chez Soi is now offering brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., featuring items like 65 degree chicken egg with wood-grilled hamachi, roasted shiitake, and sushi rice from chef Mark Gold. [GS]
Pasadena: The Raymond and 1886 Bar are open with new looks and a brand new cocktail served in a Coke bottle among the new menu by Brady Weise. [PN]
West Hollywood: Michael Cimarusti's 140-seat contemporary New England clam shack, Connie & Ted's, is looking forward to an opening date at the end of May. [LAT]