Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse General Manager Janette Han, LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce President Christina Davis, Fred Sutton of L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin’s office and Meals on Wheels West Executive Director Chris Baca toast the opening of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Marina del Rey during the restaurant’s “steak cutting” ceremony on Nov. 17.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse General Manager Janette Han, LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce President Christina Davis, Fred Sutton of L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin’s office and Meals on Wheels West Executive Director Chris Baca toast the opening of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Marina del Rey during the restaurant’s “steak cutting” ceremony on Nov. 17.

Compiled by Michael Aushenker

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse celebrated the grand opening of its new Marina del Rey restaurant on Nov. 17 with an official “steak cutting” and a $2,500 donation presented to Meals on Wheels West by restaurant General Manager Janette Han. The newest arrival at Marina Marketplace (13455 Maxella Ave.), the restaurant spans 10,300 square feet with its grand cocktail-and-wine bar, two private dining rooms, two outdoor patios and a 250-seat dining room of contemporary, exposed-beam décor. (310) 821-4593,

Marina ManLand Plastic Surgery — a division of Dr. Grant Stevens’ Marina Plastic Surgery Associates that specializes in surgeries to maintain masculine features with a natural look — celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 6 in its offices at 4644 Lincoln Blvd., Ste. 552, Marina del Rey. (310) 827-2653;

Diane von Furstenberg celebrated the opening of her latest DVF boutique on Nov. 9 at 395 Santa Monica Place. The shop provides the designer’s full line of dresses, eveningwear and sportswear, plus accessories such as shoes, scarves, handbags and sunglasses. (310) 388-6314;

Hayley Williams and Heather Roseborough, former pastry chef at Ford’s Filling Station and currently at Loteria Grill, have soft-opened their brand-new Crave Dessert Company location at 13322 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 279-3087;

Spanx opened up its first California store at Santa Monica Place, Level 1, 395 Santa Monica Place. (310) 260-8333;

Sparkleyard Outdoor Maids recently opened for business. Owner Dawn Hollier offers white-glove detailing of exterior residential spaces, including party prep and regular service. Sparkleyard workers remove cobwebs, grime and dead leaves from eaves, furniture, plants, decks, trash cans and barbecues. (310) 822-0111;

Fish Window Cleaning has arrived in Santa Monica with the opening of a new franchise location at 11321 Iowa St. Founded in St. Louis in 1978, Fish Window Cleaning is the largest window cleaning franchise in America, with more than 250 locations nationwide. 1-877-707-FISH;

Manhattan Beach-based comic book shop The Comic Bug opened a second shop in Culver City in November. The Comic Bug, 4267 Overland Ave., Culver City. (310) 204-3240;

Former Argonaut sales representative John Gentile recently launched Perfect Balance Trail Mix, now distributed throughout Westside neighborhoods via Whole Foods Market. The sulfite-free and gluten-free trail mix product provides 100% raw blends. (310) 922-1120;


After 18 years, Raphael Lunetta is closing his fine-dining experience JiRaffe on Valentine’s Day. Opened with Josiah Citrin (who left to open Melisse in 1999), the Santa Monica restaurant was one of the first L.A. restaurants to push market-to-table haute cuisine. Lunetta has also announced plans to open a new, as-yet-unnamed eatery in place of JiRaffe at his 502 Santa Monica Blvd. storefront in the spring.

LGH Hospitality will shutter Callahan’s Diner in Santa Monica on New Year’s Eve. The group also owns The Misfit in Santa Monica.

 Coming Soon

David Kuo opens his 1,000-square-foot rotisserie restaurant Status Kuo tomorrow at 3809 Grand View Blvd. in Mar Vista, where entrees include chicken, lamb, prime rib, Peking duck, Chinese barbecue pork and suckling pig. In addition to the main event, the Taiwanese-American owner’s eatery offers breads, sandwiches, pasta and vegan offerings.

LGO Hospitality plans to open Ingo’s Tasty Food — a farm-to-table diner which already has a presence in Phoenix, Ariz. — early next year in place of Callahan’s Diner at 1213 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Ingo’s is known for its Texas-style burger.


Venice Chamber of Commerce presents the third annual Venice Sign Holiday Lighting on Friday at Windward and Pacific avenues. The event kicks off with a street party beginning at 6:15 p.m., followed by the sign lighting ceremony to follow at 7:45 p.m. City Councilman Mike Bonin returns with a celebrity guest to pull the switch that will change the lights on the Venice Sign from white to red and green. Venice Symphony Orchestra, guided by Conductor Wesley Flowers, returns as musical entertainment performing mash-ups of everything from Beck to Beethoven.

The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Sing-Along in the Garden runs from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Emerson Avenue Community Garden, 6550 W. 80th St., Westchester. Festivities include sing-along music, snacks and holiday cheer. Sponsored by Musical Beginnings and the Emerson Avenue Community Garden.

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosts a Speed Networking event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Lowes Hotel, 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. The fast-paced networking event gives all attendees the opportunity to network one-on-one through a round robin at three-minute intervals. Members, $20 in advance; $25 at the door; non-members, $30.

The Santa Monica chamber is also sponsoring its State of the City 2015 breakfast networking and educational event on Jan. 20 at SGI- USA Auditorium, 606 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. This year’s program highlights community game-changers. Members, $20 in advance; $25 at the door; non-members, $30.

The Carrington family recently hosted a dinner for Heal the Bay at the California Yacht Club, giving nonprofit staff and supporters the chance to mingle with boaters and discuss marine- protected areas in the Santa Monica Bay. People can support Heal the Bay’s efforts by visiting the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica. (310) 393-6149;

Plaza El Segundo (760 S Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo) held its annual tree lighting event on Nov. 21, this year  featuring the El Segundo Middle School Choir, El Segundo High School Choir, Wondertree Kids, Legacy Dance, Infinite Learning Center, Messiah Community Choir, the Redwood Stills, strolling carolers, a stilt walker dressed as a live holiday tree, hay rides, an “Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt” and photos with Santa Claus in Candyland.


The Warehouse Restaurant (4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey) celebrated its 45th anniversary on Nov. 6 with a party honoring founder Burt Hixon that included a birthday cake for the restaurant and live jazz. “We are so proud to have grown up with Marina del Rey — and we think we still offer the best sunset views in the Harbor!” said Marti Spencer, co-owner of the restaurant with her husband, Lee.  (310) 823-5451;


Hama Sushi

Hama Sushi

On Nov. 20, Esther Chaing celebrated the 35th anniversary of Hama Sushi (213 Windward Avenue, Venice) with an historical photo exhibit and party. Chaing has owned the venerable restaurant for 10 years. (310) 396-8783;

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