So, that Ellen DeGeneres vegan restaurant in Studio City, which was supposed to replace Bokado, fell through, and instead Bokado chef/owner Frank Leon, who also controls La Loggia and Next Door Tapas Bar, will retool the space into a gastropub called The Village. In addition to the aforementioned eateries, Leon is also known as a chef to the stars, and DeGeneres was, in fact, one of this clients. Since she is no longer involved in this venture, he plans to pay tribute to her by serving a few of her favorite vegan dishes. But vegan eats are no longer the focus here. Think small plates priced $5 to $12 like Beef & Lamb Sliders with Capers Remoulade; Pancetta Wrapped Tuna Tartar; and personalized pizzas prepared in an outdoor wood-fired oven. Naturally, an extensive beer menu will be served, and ... bottle service. Yes, bottle service. If you're sitting in The Village's private dining room, at least.
The 2,400 square-foot venue offers both indoor and outdoor dining, there's a 1,200 square-foot patio (covered by a retractable roof) with a fire pit and "hidden" photo booth.
Once The Village opens next month, hours of operation will run 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday.
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