The Dish: Stefan's at LA Farm Opens

Santa Monica: The day has finally come for Top Cheffer Stefan Richter, aka Chefan, to launch his remodeled version of the LA Farm now known as Stefan's at LA Farm. It only took a month to transform the originally rustic space somewhat off the beaten path at 3000 W. Olympic Blvd. into a modern, sleek abode. Expect leather banquettes and fire pits on a loungy outdoor patio, a long wooden bar with flatscreen tvs, and a dining space bedecked with abstract art and red adornments throughout. Oh yes, and let's not forget the knork which was actually nowhere to be seen at last weekends pre-party. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 11a until midnight (an abbreviated menu is offered until 1a) serving small plate California cuisine with a few Eastern European specialties sprinkled in for good measure like fried arancini with truffles and pork cheeks with sauerkraut, caraway seed sausage, and pretzel dumplings.

When deciding upon the menu Chefan pulled longtime friend Leo Bongarra into the equation hiring him as Chef de Cuisine, and the two created a menu inspired by local farmers markets as well as Chefan's European heritage. As for alcohol, a full bar plus an entirely American wine and beer list is available and includes Chefan's favorites Milwaukee’s Best and Pabst Blue Ribbon. 3000 West Olympic Blvd.; 310-449-4000

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