Last October came massive news that Bryant and Kim Ng of the Spice Table would partner with Rustic Canyon's Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan on a new Southeast Asian restaurant in Santa Monica. In addition, Loeb and Nathan would be hooking up with their longtime Rustic Canyon sommelier, Kathryn Weil, on a wine bar and shop in the same Art Deco Building. Today, more details on the ventures, which have been delayed about six months because of mandatory earthquake retrofitting.
1) Because of the retrofitting, the still-unnamed Ng-Loeb-Nathan project will open in either November or December. The wine bar, which is also without an official name, will debut shortly after, in January or February of 2015.
2) The wine store is inspired by typical wine shops in Europe. It will be a place to pick up a few bottles or pop open and enjoy onsite.
3) The 70-person space will have a full selection of wine, as well as some higher-end picks that'll be stored in a humidity and temperature-controlled room. Oenophiles, get ready.
4) The wine bar menu will be executed by Jeremy Fox, who will continue to helm the kitchen at Rustic Canyon.
5) Think eight to 12 wine-friendly snacks, plus cheeses, charcuterie, and bread. All the munchies will be available for takeout as well, meaning upgraded picnic fare, plus good booze to-go.
6) Bryant Ng's restaurant will take over about 5,500 square feet, with a full bar, large patio, and a wood-fired grill.
7) While the menu will have some similarities to the one at the Spice Table, the concept itself won't be like the Little Tokyo eatery. Ng will have a larger kitchen and more gadgets to play with, and an expanded menu that stretches across the flavors of Southeast Asia.
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