Plywood Report: Le Saint Amour, Art Cafe, Toscanova, Pourtal, More Buttercake Bakery and Barney's Beanery

Welcome back to the Plywood Report, where we round up the latest restaurants making their way to the scene. Got a tip? Send it here. Photos always welcome.

1) Culver City: Someone noticed progress and then some stallage at Le Saint Amour, Bruno and Florence Herve-Commereuc's new brasserie. They were shooting for an August debut, but it looks like major kitchen appliances (stove!) are just now coming in. Touted as an authentic French brasserie with a cozy atmosphere, "impeccable wines," and Bruno's homemade specialties, is this major competition for the Bistro de L'Hermitage next door? We suspect this will happen soon this fall. [PLYWOOD]

2) Pico/Robertson: A reader query: "So there’s a restaurant location at the corner of Robertson and the Southwest side of Cashio (south of Pico) that has changed from a lame expensive Italian joint to a lame expensive ‘Fusion Sushi' joint named Fu-Zen. Well Fu-Zen didn’t last long and now they’re ripping the place apart to make it something else. Any leads on what it might be? I’m crossing my fingers for a brewpub but I’m sure there’s a .05% chance that’s the case" Public records show that something called Art Cafe and Restaurant is moving in. That's all we've got for now. [PLYWOOD]

3) Century City: A new Italian restaurant called Toscanova is planned for the former Harper's space at the Westfield mall. Per a tipster: "The wall's been up for a few weeks now. Interiors are being done by RGA Studio on Melrose. They did Bar Pinxto, Boule, Ago Vegas, etc." A mall rep says December is a tentative target. [PLYWOOD]

4) Santa Monica: Something called Pourtal is planned for a space next to Ocean Avenue Seafood. What we know: Per the CUP application, it will be a wine bar and shop, possibly with a self-serve Enomatic tasting system, a patio. Food of some sort will have to be served. This should be interesting with Bar Pintxo nearby. [PLYWOOD]

5) West Hollywood: A reader spotted "Coming Soon Buttercake Bakery" signage in the back of Sunset Plaza near Chin Chin. This will be Logan Leyant's second location for the bakery. [PLYWOOD]

6) Mid-City: Blackburn & Sweetzer spotted new ownership license hanging at Zen Grill on 3rd Street. Finally. Incoming: no name yet, but one of the owners used to be involved with La Finestra in Tarzana. [PRE-PLYWOOD]

7) Burbank: More loud TVs, more burgers, more chili: Barney's Beanery will open a new location on Palm Avenue in early November. [PLYWOOD]

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