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Sneak peek at new downtown restaurant draws friends and fans of South African cuisine

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Lindsey George, Esteban Gorospe, Kelly Nicholas and Alex Vila at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Lindsey George, from left, Esteban Gorospe, Kelly Nicholas and Alex Vila. Photo by © Quy Tran
Chef Seth Greenburg at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Chef Seth Greenburg. Photo by © Quy Tran
Rob and Roxanne Paiva at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Rob and Roxanne Paiva. Photo by © Quy Tran
Choe Dang, from left, Anh Mai and Sharif Al-Amin at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Choe Dang, from left, Anh Mai and Sharif Al-Amin. Photo by © Quy Tran
Martine Brittingham, left, and Michelle Center at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Martine Brittingham, left, and Michelle Center. Photo by © Quy Tran
Jon Severson and Apama Mackey at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Jon Severson and Apama Mackey. Photo by © Quy Tran
Nathan Reedy, from left, Katherine Ross and Josh Espinedo at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Nathan Reedy, from left, Katherine Ross and Josh Espinedo. Photo by © Quy Tran
Hilton Bruchard and Maggie Hegenbart at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Hilton Bruchard and Maggie Hegenbart. Photo by © Quy Tran
Crystal Axlerod and Justin Sadler at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Crystal Axlerod and Justin Sadler. Photo by © Quy Tran
Casey Hartle and Erika Duque at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Casey Hartle and Erika Duque. Photo by © Quy Tran
Brittany Zucker, left, and Marianne Mayeux at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Brittany Zucker, left, and Marianne Mayeux. Photo by © Quy Tran
Lindsey George, left, and Nyala Wright at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Lindsey George, left, and Nyala Wright. Photo by © Quy Tran
Alex Rosa and Alecia Harris at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Alex Rosa and Alecia Harris. Photo by © Quy Tran
Kim Padgett and Robert Tijerina at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Kim Padgett and Robert Tijerina. Photo by © Quy Tran
Lindsey George, Esteban Gorospe, Kelly Nicholas and Alex Vila at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Chef Seth Greenburg at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Rob and Roxanne Paiva at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Choe Dang, from left, Anh Mai and Sharif Al-Amin at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Martine Brittingham, left, and Michelle Center at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Jon Severson and Apama Mackey at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Nathan Reedy, from left, Katherine Ross and Josh Espinedo at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Hilton Bruchard and Maggie Hegenbart at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Crystal Axlerod and Justin Sadler at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Casey Hartle and Erika Duque at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Brittany Zucker, left, and Marianne Mayeux at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Lindsey George, left, and Nyala Wright at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Alex Rosa and Alecia Harris at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014
Kim Padgett and Robert Tijerina at the Springbok restaurant kick-off party July 2014

What: Opening party for the new Springbok gastropub.

Where: 711 Main St., ground floor of the building that houses Capitol Lofts.

The 411: With its official opening on Monday, Springbok held a sneak peak over the weekend for friends and fans of South African-inspired cuisine. Los Angeles transplants Peter Walker and chef Seth Greenburg had previously hosted World Cup-viewing parties before the kitchen was ready but this was the real deal. With the ovens fired up, the owners put on a spread that included chicken Peri Peri, lamb sausage, oxtail with Yorkshire pudding and pork belly. On the second floor terrace, guests cooled down with Titanium Tequila margaritas and BJ Hooker's vodka cocktails.

Who: The mix of downtown residents and young professionals included Josh Espinedo, Lindsey George, Sharif Al-Amin, Nathan Reedy, Lisa Lee, Hilton Bruchard, Kim Padgett, Hilton Bruchard, Jon Severson, Sergio Maracita, Brittany Zucker, Robert Tijerina and chef Ben McPherson.

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