I ran into Chef Josef Centeno (formerly of Opus) the other day and he had some great news: He's opening up a place the first week of May (May 5th or 6th I think) - he's teaming up with the building owner and her son on this venture. He told me it'll be a real "mom and pop" style joint with no fancy frills, just good food. Josef will be serving his famous "bacos" during the day, and an a la carte menu for dinner service every night except Tuesday - that evening will feature a by-reservation-only tasting menu (ressies won't be taken for any other day, just for the tasting menu). The weekend will offer a brunch menu, and Sunday evenings will be a family-style menu of homey stuff like roasted chicken.
The restaurant will be called Lot 1 and the address is 1533 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles (Echo Park). He didn't yet have a number when we spoke, and he's still working on the beer/wine license. I asked if it was BYOB and he said probably not, since allowing people to bring in alcohol will delay getting the license. I'm thinking I might sneak in a flask (shhhhhhhhhh!).
He says he'll be posting menus in the window this weekend, even though they're still a couple of weeks away from opening.
That's all the info I got, but pretty exciting, no???