One of the most anticipated Fall openings in LA, Bill Chait and Rob Serritella's Mess Hall is less than a month away from opening, according to a LA Times report regarding the sale of the former Brown Derby Building for $9.25 Million. The former Louise's Trattoria is being transformed by Rivera's designer Osvaldo Maiozzi, along with Chef Keith Silverton and barmen Julian Cox and Josh Goldman.
Opening day is slated to be somewhere in the first week of September, it could be pushed back depending on the completion of construction inside, which is still in progress.
The bar program will be innovative but most diners won't realize it. There will a focus on modern, avant garde techniques that won't be detailed on the menu, such as lemon juiced through a centrifuge. In order to put together the best possible staff, they also had a six-week voluntary training program that offered trainees a bartending job if they passed.
As for the menu, the "mess hall" theme will persist, with revisited and re-tooled American classics. With 175 seats, raw bar, patio and dedicated bar area, it looks to anchor a growing Los Feliz/Atwater Village area as a dining destination.
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