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Sprouts and Shutters: Firestone Walker Brewery, Hakkasan, Konami

Here's the latest roundup of retail, restaurant and other business news and happenings in L.A.'s Westside neighborhoods.

Sprouts and Shutters: Firestone Walker Brewery, Hakkasan, Konami
Wondering what new businesses are moving into your neighborhood, and which are saying farewell? Our Sprouts & Shutters column highlights the latest restaurant, retail and other business news in L.A.'s Westside neighborhoods. If you've noticed any other new businesses moving into your neighborhood or businesses closing up shop, leave a comment at the bottom of this article and we'll check it out.


Firestone Walker Brewery is said to be preparing to open a new restaurant, taproom and offices in Venice next year. Based in central California, Firestone Walker is the state’s fourth-largest craft brewery.

Video game developer Konami Digital Entertainment announced the opening of its new video game development studio in Playa del Rey. The Japanese video game company said the Playa del Rey studios will house Kojima Productions with teams dedicated to developing the company's well-known Metal Gear Solid franchise.

East-meets-west on Sept. 19 when Hakkasan opens its 10,000-square-foot upscale Cantonese restaurant at 233 North Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills.

Bar Nine Collective, a new cafe is planning to open in an industrial area of Culver City by mid-October, report EaterLA.

Fresh Corn Grill, a casual American/Mexican eater in Westwood is looking to move from its current location on Westwood Boulevard to a space closer to Wilshire Boulevard, reports EaterLA.

Cafe Rockenwagner, formerly rumored as 3 Square Cafe, plans to open inside the BW in Brentwood by mid-November now, reports EaterLA.

Sage Organic Vegan Bistro, which is popular in Echo Park, is planning a soft opening in Culver City, according to EaterLA.

Andante Coffee Roasters opened up on Beverly Boulevard and the business aims to have expansive seating, plugs and fast Internet, reports EaterLA.

Have you seen an opening or closing of a restaurant or shop in your community? Let us know in the comments!

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