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SMALL BITES CHAPTER 8 STEAKS ITS CLAIM IN AGOURA HILLS.

Byline: - Larry Lipson

Due to open Saturday is a new ultra-hip steak house and lounge in Agoura Hills, the second location of the people behind P6, a popular restaurant and lounge that made its debut a year ago in Westlake Village.

Chapter 8 Steakhouse and Dance Lounge is the full title of the new facility at 2920 W. Agoura Road, Agoura Hills.

Touted as having ``an elegant dining room ... and an intriguing, state-of-the-art dance lounge,'' Chapter 8 promises familiar steak dishes along with Maine diver scallop ceviche, a chorizo and sun-dried tomato frittata, a deconstructed domestic Kobe rib-eye steak and New Zealand lamb chops.

Information and reservations: (818) 889-2088.

DINING IN THE DARK: Could be the ugliest plate presentation ever known to man.

Or the most beautiful.

But you wouldn't know anything about that if the dining room was pitch black, would you?

Does it really matter?

Evidently not to the patrons of the newest culinary fad, dining in the dark, absolutely without any light, said to be the rage of Europe, and coming to L.A. on July 23, 30 and Aug. 6 at the Hyatt West Hollywood, 8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

The $99-per-person meal begins with the placement of orders in a lighted lounge area.

After ordering, diners are guided by visually impaired staffers into an unlit dining room for what is promised as ``an experience they will never forget.''

It is described as ``...a journey of taste, sound and touch, all in the dark.'' These staffers are said to ``have been specially trained to serve meals in the dark, casually and comfortably offering guidance and reassurance to sighted guests.''

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Braille Institute of America.

Tickets and information: (800) 710-1270 ir www.darkdining.com.

VIVE LA FRANCE: Bastille Day on Thursday means that most of the French eating places around town will be celebrating the fall of France's royalty.

Which also means there's the usual Gallic-inspired, festive evening July 14 at the Wine Bistro, 11915 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.

This year, the special three-course prix-fixe dinner is $32.95. Parodying Marie Antoinette, the restaurant will allow its diners to eat all the cake they can handle. Information and reservations: (818) 766-6233.

Additional Bastille Day celebrants are Mix Restaurant, 1114 Crescent Heights Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 650-4649, with a five-course feast on its patio for $75, and Cafe Provencal, 2310 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, (805) 496-7121, which promises its usual French bistro fare, dancing after dark and the music of Jeanette on the accordion.

NIBBLES & SIPS: Yard House, with seven locations in Southern California, one in Denver and one in Chicago, will open its 10th in Phoenix in September, its 11th in Scottsdale in December and its 12th in Glendale sometime next year. The chain is known for its endless number of beers on tap. Information: (949) 727-0959 or www.yardhouse.com. ... Three new baby back rib recipes (Memphis Dry Rub, Caribbean and Honey BBQ) are now available (through Aug. 14) at Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants. For the nearest location visit www.chilis.com. ... Not to be outdone, Olive Garden is introducing parmesan-crusted tilapia, grilled chicken spiedini, smoked mozzarella fonduta and five-cheese ziti al forno. ... New maitre d'hotel at the Wyndham Bel Age Hotel's highly honored Diaghilev restaurant, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, is Mario Augusto Roque. The Tarzana resident also happens to be an experienced classical pianist. Information and reservations: (310) 854-1111 or visit www.wyndhambelage.com. ...T.G.I. Friday's in West Covina has introduced a Spanish-language menu. ...El Torito restaurants feature the regional cuisine of Yucatan through Aug. 23. For a location near you, visit www.eltorito.com.
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