After successful launches in both Santa Monica and West Third, owners Jesse Gomez and Jose Acevado are ready to their their Mercado concept to Hollywood with an opening tonight. Laid along a rather sleepy stretch of Cahuenga Blvd in the former Spoonful location, the design aesthetic follows along the lines of the West Third outlet, with bright airy spaces and a wicked cylindrical chandelier to draw the eyes.
The day-of-the-dead theme extends further into the back dining room via wall murals while the same muscular, rustic Mexican furniture levels the place out.
As for cuisine, expect a similar complement of cocktails, tequilas, and comfort Mexican fare such as fish tacos, tamales, carnitas plates, and carne asada. And don't forget to order the flan, possibly the best version of the classic dish anywhere in the city. Open 5 to 10 p.m., Monday to Wednesday, until 11 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday.