Sit down. This is major. Whether to eat, play, or rest, you'll be going to K-Town now. The Sydell Group (The NoMad, NYC) is currently in the process of gut-renovating the Wilshire Hotel on Wilshire at Normandie with an all-star team. Chef Roy Choi (Kogi, Chego, A-Frame), nightlife brothers Mark and Jonnie Houston (La Descarga, Harvard & Stone), and designer Sean Knibb (A-Frame) are together joining creative forces at The Line, a new urban boutique hotel that will celebrate - through food, drink, and design - all that Korea Town has to offer when it opens next summer.
But let's rewind. For those unfamiliar with The NoMad Hotel in Manhattan, this property plays host to The NoMad restaurant, one of the hottest and toughest reservations in The City (and an Eater nominee for Restaurant of the Year), a restaurant run by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, those of Eleven Madison Park, NYC's three Michelin-star fine dining destination. The Sydell Group is responsible for forging this deal and bringing in these power players, so it's no surprise that here in LA they're filling The Line with another high caliber team.
Eater already heard quite a while ago that The Houston brothers were working out a deal here, and they will be responsible for the property's nightlife venture(s). Meanwhile, as one would expect, chef Roy Choi is handling all food-related endeavors, be it one or several. Both The Houstons and Choi are originally from K-Town. Sean Knibb, who worked with Choi on the design at A-Frame, will devise interiors. And just FYI, there are to be multiple food and beverage options at the hotel. Super exciting both for Los Angeles, and more specifically, K-Town.
In other news, next week The Sydell Group will open Freehand in Miami, a hostel designed by Roman & Williams, with eats/drinks by the Bar Lab guys who are installing a permanent Broken Shaker bar at the hostel. So, if you're headed to Miami you'll definitely want to hit this place for drinks.