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This Time, the Globe Is Doing the Traveling

March 01, 2001|ANGELA PETTERA | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Another World: If you ate at Granita when it opened in 1991, you might recognize Joseph Manzare's name. Back then he was Granita's co-chef; now he lives up north and operates the Globe in San Francisco and Mucca in Sonoma County. (You might also know his name if you read this column last week, because he was cooking an alumni chef dinner at Spago Hollywood.) Why are we talking about him now? He's taken over the defunct 72 Market space (at 72 Market St., Venice). He'll create another Globe there with his partner, Mary Klingbeil, reproducing the late-night chef's hangout with grilled meats, fish and homemade pastas. "This was always one of my favorite restaurants," Manzare says of the space. He's making big changes: "Anything that could be moved or banged off or scraped off, we changed." He's added more color to the environs, and hopes to have it up and running as the Globe Venice Beach this month.

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What's in a Name? The venerable Le Chardonnay has changed its name to Carafe. Owners Maurice Constantin and his daughter, Cybele, say they wanted to break free of the slightly restrictive special-occasion restaurant category. Says Cybele Constantin, "This has allowed us to bring the menu up to date. Instead of being strictly French, we've incorporated European dishes into the menu. . . . And the one-word name is easier for people to remember." (Why Carafe? "Before, we were the wine, and now we're the container.") The decor has remained untouched, as have such dishes as foie gras ($19), roasted duck ($19) and sauteed calf's liver ($18). New dishes include a bratwurst plate ($12), Swiss pork loin ($14), and veal, chicken and spinach cannelloni ($14). You can check out the menu at www.caraferestaurant.com.

* Carafe, 8284 Melrose Ave., L.A.; (323) 655-8880.

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Sort of New: Marston's, the longtime (13 years) Pasadena breakfast and lunch institution, has a new chef and owner. This is the first time Jim McCardy has owned a restaurant. Most recently he was the sous-chef at Ojai Valley Inn and has also been the sous-chef at Parkway Grill. He's getting his dinner-feet wet by opening on Friday nights from 6 to 9:30 p.m. He'll take reservations for dinner (but not for breakfast or lunch) and change the menu regularly. He's featuring roasted chicken stuffed with artichoke pesto and smoked cheddar potatoes ($18). He also has a fettuccine dish with seared scallops, wild mushrooms and andouille sausage ($22). Marston's fans needn't worry about the fate of their breakfast and lunch favorites. McCardy says he wouldn't dare tinker with those classics.

* Marston's, 151 E. Walnut St., Pasadena; (626) 796-2459.

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Relocation, Relocation, Relocation: Paul Heller's Manhattan Wonton Company recently left its Melrose Place space so Alain Giraud could open a restaurant there. Now the entire crew--chef, line cooks, waiters, dishwasher--have moved to 151 S. Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills. Heller is remodeling and trying to create a patio out front. "Right now I'm in the hands of the upholsterer," he tells us. When the workmen let him, he'll open his doors as Manhattan Wonton Company again. He's aiming for sometime this month. . . . Breadworks Bakery has moved from its 3rd Street home to a West L.A. space in the shade of the 405 Freeway, right across Cotner Avenue from the Wine House. One of the owners, Karen Salk, tells us the move means more space for the production end of the bakery. Baker Gilles Chopin still makes baguettes ($1.75), focaccia ($2 per slice) and date walnut bread ($4.25), also onion bread ($2.95), potato bread ($2.95), sour caraway corn rye ($4.25) and more. Breadworks Bakery is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

* Breadworks Bakery, 2306 Cotner Ave., West L.A.; (310) 478-7788.

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Vino at the Depot: The Depot in Torrance has lured winemaker Andrew Murray from Santa Barbara County to pour some of his vinos Friday night. The five-course dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Four Andrew Murray Vineyards wines will be poured. The price is $89.

* The Depot, 1250 Cabrillo Ave., Torrance; (310) 787-7501.

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Fiesta Cubana: The American Institute of Wine & Food is throwing a Fiesta Cubana at Xiomara restaurant in Pasadena March 18 at 6 p.m. A Cuban band will play while you down codfish fritters, hearts of palm salad, mango-glazed prawns, grilled swordfish, skirt steak and Spanish cheeses. The price is $75 for institute members, $85 for nonmembers. Reserve by mailing your check (payable to AIWF) to Roberta Mitchell, 14318 Killion St., Sherman Oaks, CA 91401. Call (818) 902-3724 for more information.

* Xiomara, 69 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; (626) 796-2520.

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Angela Pettera can be reached at (213) 237-3153 or at pettera@prodigy.net.

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