2/28/2013 04:18:00 PM

Stella Rossa's Jeff Mahin Bringing Pizza and More to Hollywood

Mahin at Stella Rossa

Plans for Lettuce Entertain You's new Hollywood project are slowing beginning to unveil. The group, which owns Stella Rossa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica, plans to open a new concept in the former BoHo space next to the Arclight Theatre within the next few months. Rumor has it that the name is Stella & Vine, but reps say it really hasn't been decided yet. One thing has been confirmed, though: chef Jeff Mahin, one of our 30 Under 30 alums, will lead the kitchen.

Considering how good he is with the pies at Stella Rossa, there will be pizza, but a lot more, too. He told us yesterday that there will be chef's counter where he'll serve affordable tasting menus - four or five courses for around $40 to $50 - so you can try a lot of dishes but without the typical long wallet-busting or drawn-out tasting-menu experience.

Between the movie theater and Amoeba across the street, this is great for the corner, another positive step for the management company that failed miserably with multiple restaurants in that space and one space next door (which now holds a Veggie Grill = smart). LEYE and Mahin's latest should open sometime this spring.

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