While on the subject of interesting restaurant ideas, I thought I'd throw out this one:
LA doesn't have a modern dumpling bar
like New York. With the number of yoga studios around town, why not combine the two. I always see people going from Yoga Works
on Larchmont straight to Village Pizzeria
. It seems like a contradictory activity. The Eastern take on food and exercise is complimentary, and would yield a smart restaurant.
I envision the yoga studio upstairs with the dumpling bar below (I don't know what type of health code issues there are). Any financial backers, feel free to step forward now.