L.A. sees new restaurants all the time, but Estrella is exciting social media by linking itself to Grammy legend Joni Mitchell.

Joni Mitchell, performing in 1983. By Capannelle (originally posted to Flickr as Joni Mitchell) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
“The Laurel Canyon–inspired Estrella, a hotly anticipated restaurant that just opened in Los Angeles, gets its name from a Joni Mitchell song and even dedicated one of its cocktails to the musician,” reports Vanity Fair.

Other drinks on the menu are tequila-based Sex Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll and a spiced-rum, butter-syrup and citrus blend called the Florence Nightingale, the story adds.

Head bartender Gia St. George says her inspiration for the Joni Mitchell was “the classic Brown Derby (bourbon, grapefruit, honey). The idea was to use fall flavors to make it seasonal.”

Here’s what the restaurant says of itself:

“Drawing inspiration from the famed Laurel Canyon bungalows of Joni Mitchell and “Mama” Cass Elliot, Estrella restaurant, recreates this long-vanished artistic community through its seamless blend of indoor and outdoor spaces, modern American cuisine, and theatrical venue. Estrella, named after the circus girl from the Mitchell song “Ladies of the Canyon,” evokes a time when food, music, artistry, and community all coexisted under one canopy. Guests will dine on globally inspired dishes from Executive Chef Dakota Weiss on an expansive outdoor terrace lined with a golden wood trellis, and hung with colorful glass pendants, twinkling lights, and locally sourced plants.”

Estrella — at 8800 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood — is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch starting at 7 a.m.

Anyone for a Jim Morrison diner called The Doors?

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