As of this coming Sunday, Hermosa Beach's Union Cattle Co calls it quits. Owner Jed Sanford will retool his neighborhood pub into Abigaile, a more food-focused affair presided over by Max DiMare, a Rising Star Chef from Wood Tavern in San Francisco.
The plan is to rehabilitate 1301 Manhattan Avenue, a historical building which began as a baptist church in the early 1900s, then became the Craft House in the 1970s, and later served as home base for punk band Black Flag. Sanford hired Venice-based design firm Bishop Pass (run by Anthony Agriam who helped design Gjelina) to restore past design elements and create an easy communal setting. As for foodstuffs, expect a seasonal Cali/Mediterranean brasserie menu which will be printed daily. Abigaile should open in early February. [EaterWire]