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Kress Combines Food, Fun, and Even Education

Named after the 1930s five-and-dime store that once occupied the space, the four-story Restaurant at the Kress features a disco in the basement, a third-floor lounge with live entertainment, and a rooftop lounge with cabanas and 360-degree views of Hollywood, including the city’s famous sign. The Kress attracts the young Hollywood crowd on weekends, but during the week, the establishment caters to a more subdued clientele, who visit the pan-Asian restaurant on the ground floor and sushi bar on the second level. Sushi lovers will appreciate executive chef Travis Kamiyama’s sushi-making classes, which can be scheduled for groups of 6 to 12 people. While dining on lobster champagne rolls and sipping on sake, participants will learn firsthand about the 4,000-year-old history of sushi making, the sushi grading process, and how to make perfect rice. Hint: All you need is fresh out-of-the-mill rice, a 10-gallon wooden barrel, premium vinegar, a dash of sugar, and a whole lot of patience. (323.785.5000, www.thekress.net)

—Jessica Taylor

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