David Slay, the acclaimed chef and restaurateur behind SLAY Steak + Fish House, Park Ave Dining and il garage ristorante, is opening a new Italian-themed restaurant in Manhattan Beach in November in the space previously occupied by local Greek favorite Jimmy’s Kouzina. He is pictured in front of the building on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

For weeks people who walked by David Slay’s new Manhattan Beach restaurant could see a kitchen ready to go and tables draped with white tablecloths sitting empty and awaiting customers.

But the doors remained closed as Slay waited for final city inspections to be completed.

Well, the salivating is now over because more than two months after it was originally scheduled to open, Slay Italian Kitchen is finally opening on Feb. 4.

“We are excited and humbled by how supportive not just Manhattan Beach but the South Bay community has been,” Slay said in an email.

“It is an exciting time to be opening our second restaurant,” he added.

The chef, who lives within walking distance from his new place at 1001 Manhattan Ave., also opened the nearby Slay Steak + Fish House in Manhattan Beach in early 2019 and he owns Park Ave Steaks & Chops and Il Garage Ristorante in Orange County.

The menu at Slay Italian Kitchen will focus on seafood dishes as well as pastas made in-house and seasonally inspired pizzas. The chef will also use produce from his vineyard in Santa Barbara where he grows items such as tomatoes, lettuce and fruits to make several of his dishes.

Slay Italian Kitchen is located at 1001 Manhattan Ave. It is open 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Brunch will be served starting Feb. 14 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday.


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