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Red O open?

perk Mar 27, 2010 02:25 PM

L-A Magazine suggests that Rick Bayless' new restaurant is open. Is that true? Anyone tried it?

  1. goodhealthgourmet Mar 27, 2010 02:48 PM

    looks like they jumped the gun - restaurant's website says it's opening in April.


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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
      bnowling May 3, 2010 09:22 AM

      Anyone have an update on the opening of Red O, since we are now in May?

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
        Jwsel May 3, 2010 04:47 PM

        That is up there on the list of worst restaurant websites. I wouldn't have even known about the press release once the flash images covered it up.

        1. re: Jwsel
          granadafan May 3, 2010 08:20 PM

          So, is it open or not?

          1. re: granadafan
            Searcher44 May 17, 2010 06:53 AM

            Red O will open in the last week of May. Remember you read it here first.

            1. re: Searcher44
              Phurstluv May 17, 2010 08:24 AM

              According to Thrillist LA, They are taking reservations starting tomorrow, Tuesday 5/18, and opening shortly thereafter. (?)

              1. re: Phurstluv
                Obessed May 18, 2010 11:58 AM

                Has anyone been able to make a reservation? I just tried calling and got a recording...saying they were opening May 26th and accepting reservations, but not to leave a message. I couldn't get a live person on the line.

                1. re: Obessed
                  Phurstluv May 18, 2010 01:02 PM

                  Don't know, I have not.

                  1. re: Phurstluv
                    Obessed May 18, 2010 01:17 PM

                    Just tried calling again and got live person for a reservation.

                    1. re: Obessed
                      Phurstluv May 18, 2010 07:55 PM

                      Wow, good for you, I guess persistence pays off.

      2. SilverlakeGirl Mar 27, 2010 02:51 PM

        It was supposed to open in April

        On Twitter, Rick Bayless has repeatedly stated he is only a consultant on the food. I don't think it is his although I wish he would open one of his great restaurants here.

        Instead we are left with that abomination, Rosa Mexicano.

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        1. re: SilverlakeGirl
          carter Mar 28, 2010 10:36 AM

          There are many alternatives to Topo and Frontera that are not Rosa Mexicano here in LA.

          1. re: carter
            SilverlakeGirl Mar 28, 2010 01:55 PM

            I would disagree.

            We have great authentic Mexican food ... and Mexican street food. I have eaten at Serenata for many, many years but it is not the same. The only thing that comes close to it is La Casita Mexicana.

            I've travelled with Diana Kennedy and Rick Bayless for years around Mexico ... especially Diana who I've traveled though many states. I know Mexico and its food reasonably well.

            I know Monte Alban, Chitzen Itza, El Texate and others. Yxta was a total dismal bust!

            What am I missing?

            Monte Alban
            11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

            La Casita Mexicana
            4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

            El Texate
            316 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

            1. re: SilverlakeGirl
              js76wisco Mar 29, 2010 03:16 PM

              Have you tried Rivera in downtown?

              I saw Rick Bayless at the Beverly Hills farmers market 2 sundays ago, the weekend of the LA marathon. He was walking around with what looked like 4 or 5 chefs, who I assume were from the Red O. I hope its in the same class as Topolobampo.

              1. re: SilverlakeGirl
                mollyomormon Mar 29, 2010 03:34 PM

                I really wish he would open something like Xoco here...

            2. re: SilverlakeGirl
              sarcasmsk May 3, 2010 10:39 AM

              how much is he consulting on the food? who's place will it be?

              1. re: sarcasmsk
                melangeinc May 3, 2010 09:02 PM

                Heard he will be taking over Kai on Ocean in Santa Monica as a second location

                1. re: melangeinc
                  Phurstluv May 17, 2010 08:23 AM

                  That's Ma'Kai.

                  101 Broadway Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                2. re: sarcasmsk
                  SilverlakeGirl May 3, 2010 09:14 PM

                  From Squid Ink: "Rick Bayless Report: Calm Down, It's Just A Consulting Gig"


                  Includes his Tweets regarding this issue and his office's reply.

                  And this article stating a May 17th open:


                  1. re: SilverlakeGirl
                    DiningDiva May 9, 2010 10:02 AM

                    So, safe to assume that as of May 9th it's still not open? And if not, anyone know when?

              2. aching May 18, 2010 04:59 PM

                I believe it opens on May 26, but I hear the reservation line opened today (I haven't tried it myself though). It's a very pretty restaurant!


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