One of Cole's original lifer bartenders, Jimmy Barela, serves as style icon for the new wave of Cole's bartenders
We stopped by Cole's the other day for a little sandwich/cole slaw/pie preview, and, as Curbed points out from their visit last night, the space pretty much remains the same with a few minor upgrades (new amber chandeliers instead of Tiffany lamps, for instance). As far as the sandwiches are concerned, we have nothing to judge them against since we never actually ate at Cole's before, but for our money, the roast beef was tasty, the cole slaw delicious, and the apple pie damn good (with the pecan pie a close second). Overall consensus: Use the spicy mustard, drown the heat with a very fancy cocktail. We asked Cedd Moses why he picked Neal Fraser to rework the menu, and he said, aside from the fact that he and Neal have known each other since C Bar days in the 90s, that "if anyone knows roasted meat, it's Neal." The Cole's weekend celebration continues with the Dewar's Repeal Day specials tonight, and the $1 French dips, sides and pie tommorrow.
· Cole's Reopens Downtown, LA Conservancy Celebrates [Curbed LA]
· The Cole's Resurgence: Neal Fraser Takes on the French Dip [~ELA~]
· Cole's Update: Not "Open" This Week, But Still Open [~ELA~]