It’s a new year and there are tons of new restaurants and bars around Los Angeles to try in 2012. So make a it a goal to eat out, and book a table at one of these great new places.
There are a host of variables that combine to make a restaurant's opening hotly anticipated. First and foremost is the chef (and/or owner) — the popularity and reputations of those individuals at the helm can generate buzz around a new venture, or garner bated speculation about it.
Second is location — a restaurant opening in a trendy or up-and-coming neighborhood can foster excitement, as can a restaurant that's opening in a familiar building or landmark.
Third is the hook — this is the "it" factor that piques our general interest, and gets people scrambling to book a reservation before the doors of the restaurant even open — whether it's an innovative dining concept or an acclaimed chef launching a restaurant that features a different cuisine than their signature style.
— Eric Rosen, JustLuxe
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