Kevin O'Connell and girlfriend Annie Henry are the team behind O'Connells American Bistro in Buffalo, New York, but they've moved to Los Angeles to explore a new opportunity. Snagging the former Libertine space on Sunset across the street from Chateau Marmont, the duo will debut a more formal dining affair called 9 Olives @ Chaplins House in early September.
Right now the American menu is still a work in progress (check out the prelim dinner and salon menus) and the space is still being renovated, though O'Connell explains the final outcome as "an upscale dining restaurant with a lounge that will have its own seperate salon menu and serve in the courtyard with two private cabanas available." He's still in the throes of acquiring a full 47 booze license, but hopefully that should be in place for the early fall launch. [ELA]