NOW OPEN:
Del Rey Kitchen, a “California-Asian comfort cuisine” restaurant from old friends Satoru Yokomori and Michael Yee, opened at 12740 Culver Blvd. in Del Rey. Information, (310) 822-7788; delreykitchen.com.
Verizon Wireless opened a new retail store offering the latest smartphones, tables and accessories, at 13455 Washington Blvd. in Marina del Rey. Information, (310) 821-7111.
Menotti’s Coffee Stop opened at 52 Windward Ave. in Venice. Information, (310) 392-4040.
Design Dental Spa, a luxury dental office offering shot-free, same-day complete smile makeovers using lumineers, opened at 3206 Washington Blvd. in  Marina del Rey. Information, (310) 82-SMILE;
http://designdentalspa.com.

VERIZON WIRELESS REPRESENTATIVES celebrated the opening of its newest store at 13455 Washington Blvd. in Marina del Rey with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 13.

VERIZON WIRELESS REPRESENTATIVES celebrated the opening of its newest store at 13455 Washington Blvd. in Marina del Rey with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 13.

CLOSING:
The Proud Bird, an aviation-themed restaurant at 11022 Aviation Blvd. near Los Angeles International Airport in Westchester, has announced plans to close later this year after nearly five decades in business. Information, theproudbird.com.

APPOINTMENTS:
Michael Kapoulis has been named general manager of the Hotel MdR, a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, at 13480 Maxella Ave. in Del Rey, while Elodie Habasque has been appointed as director of sales and marketing.
Kapoulis most recently served as general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Allen at the John Q Hammons Center. Habasque most recently served as assistant director of sales of the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.
Information, (310) 822-8555, or hotelmdr.com.

ACCOLADES:
Marina del Rey-based Rest Assured Nursing, Inc. has announced that one of its employees, Selena Brown, has been named a “Caring Champion” of 2013 and earned the grand cash prize from Caring.com, a leading website for family caregivers. The Caring Champions program honors and rewards professional caregivers of seniors at home care agencies and senior living communities in the U.S.
Brown was among only 10 professional caregivers in the nation to earn the award this year and was chosen from among 83 nominees.

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