Petit Trois: Not even a year after opening their prix fixe-only restaurant Trois Mec, Lefebvre and fellow chef-partners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) have taken over the Tasty Thai space in the same strip mall to open an equally petit French-inspired wine bar in June. In addition to the Instagrammed shot above, Lefebvre has also posted photos of poulet roti (roast chickens), cherry clafoutis and caneles - all French classics that might be hinting to the menu (we hope). 718 N. Highland Ave.
ChocoChicken: The new concept restaurant from Adam Fleischman's AdVantage Group is finding all sorts of new ways of combining chocolate with poultry and other ingredients. Of course there's the fried chicken itself, but also chicken meatballs filled with molten chocolate, white-chocolate mashed potatoes and other crazy (and some traditional) concoctions. The first opens in the former Corkbar space Downtown, with a second to open in Santa Monica in the fall. Fleischman says more will open around Los Angeles before they take the concept national. Currently set to open on May 29. 403 W. 12th St.
KazuNori: The blue-crab hand roll master Kazunori Nozawa, his son Tom and the Sugarfish crew will open this new hand roll-only spot near Fourth and Main in Downtown LA this summer. Nozawa started making hand rolls at his famed (and now defunct) sushi bar in Studio City, and any sushi chef that worked there and left to open their own sushi bars served them too, and an LA trend was born. He’ll do it again when Kazunori opens the 25-seat counter on the ground floor of the Old Bank District Parking Garage. Hand rolls - with warm rice, cool seafood and vegetables and crisp nori - will be the main staple, with cut rolls offered as well. If taking cues from Sugarfish, which now has eight locations, we expect to see these roll out across town. Shooting for a July to late summer opening. 421 S. Main St.