Status: Opened last Thursday
Whoa, how did this once slip through the cracks? Now serving Santa Monica comes 31 Ten, a new bar and lounge from the same team behind Ado, FOH Paolo Cesaro and chef Antonio Mure. The space has been fully renovated from its Cache days and now boasts all hardwood floors, a fireplace, and a double bar, making use of space Cache cast aside. Think all sofa seating, this isn't so much a restaurant as it is a lounge. As one might expect, it's all small plates here, surprisingly not entirely Italian fare, rather Italian-American (upscale bar food), scallop skewers, lamb skewers, filet mignon with lobster foie gras. A DJ will start spinning around 10PM, 31 Ten is open Thursday-Sunday from 6PM to 2AM. Geez louise, this sounds so much like Hidden with that whole Euro bar/lounge situation, let's hope the food is better this time around.
Additional Reading: Eater Tracking, 12/20; EaterWire, 10/4