The folks behind Laurel Hardware, the former hardware store which has been converted into a restaurant, know how to keep a secret. Once a tipster informed us that plywood was down, we stopped by for a peek inside. Manager John Rankin (The Churchill) was on-site to share a few details in advance of tonight's friends and family service. Meanwhile, the construction crew and staff are still busy putting finishing touches on the industrial-meets-country-store space.
Chef Mario Alberto (Freddy Smalls, Lazy Ox) is in the kitchen at Laurel Hardware, and his experience with small plates and farm-to-table fare shows on the menu. He's especially excited about this season's blistered heirloom tomato dish, which is served with burrata and shiso olive puree. The menu is billed as "New American with a focus on local Angeleno flavors." Barman Cole Apodaca is in charge of the beer, wine and cocktail list. The bar is a mirrored illusion, seemingly larger than it actually is -- a curious and eye catching design. While the restaurant officially launches dinner on Thursday, starting this Friday, Laurel Hardware will also commence lunch service. The restaurant will be open seven days a week; in a few weeks, expect an announcement about weekend brunch.
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