Two vacant buildings on Main Street will spring back to life again with new restaurants, one of them as a new incarnation of one of Los Angeles' best Italian eateries.
Public notices from the state Alcohol and Beverage Control are posted at the shuttered Powerhouse Theatre on Second Street and at the former home of Naresh's, an Indian-fusion tapas bar on Main Street and Hollister Avenue.
The theater, which hosted its final performance in the fall of 2011, will be replaced by an Italian restaurant, Teatro Ristorante. The Main Street spot will become Fork in the Road, according to the notices.
Both are seeking licenses to sell liquor, beer and wine as full-service restaurants.
Details were scare about each of the new restaurants, but the man behind Teatro, Vittorio Viotti, told Eater LA that he is moving the original Piccolo Ristorante from Dudley Avevnue in Venice to the Ocean Park neighborhood. It will operate under the new name.
Eater reported Piccolo would continue to operate in Venice "for the time being."
Zagat rated it the third best Italian restaurant in Los Angeles for 2012.