Nice! 1) The Spanish restaurant concept that chef Perfecto Rocher was peddling from Michael Cardenas to Hermosa Restaurant Group will finally establish itself in the name of smoke.oil.salt. via a partnership with Umami founder Adam Fleischman, Stephen Gelber, and Jason Berkowitz. And 2) guess where it's opening? The old Angeli Caffe on Melrose that was supposed to house Casey Lane's Itri, which was partly built out until it ran out of funding.
Money isn't going to be an issue this time around, and smoke.oil.salt. will manifest as a small Spanish restaurant focused on seafood and wine, slated to debut in November. Last year Rocher tested out paella and more during his days at Lazy Ox, and now the chef is finally poised to bring a true taste of Spain to Los Angeles in his fideua, grilled fish/seafood, and suckling pig executed with seasonal farmers market ingredients.
From the wine bar patrons will be able to order tapas and charcuterie, in addition to 500 wines by bottle, most of which will also be poured by the glass thanks to the Coravin system (even older vintages usually only sold by bottle), with heavy attention to Spain, France, Austria and Portugal. Sherry, sangria, cider, and European beers, too.
And because the subject of cell phones in restaurants has been on topic recently, Fleischman would like to add, "Cell phone pictures, talking between tables, sharing food and drink, and loud fun are all encouraged." [EaterWire]