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The Phoenix Will Rise Once Again on West Third

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The casual bar space has a rocky history along La Cienega.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Oh boy, where to begin with The Phoenix, the on-and-off Beverly Hills beer bar? First, know that it’s the product of Adolfo Suaya, and featured an opening beer list by Mr. L.A. Beer Bar himself, Ryan Sweeney (Surly Goat, etc.). Pretty quickly came the negative comments, spurred on in part by a menu that was comprised entirely of one dish: a plate of steak and fries.

After that, The Phoenix shuttered due to some disagreements with the City of Beverly Hills. Then they reemerged. Now they’re closed again — don’t blame BH, blame the incoming Metro line and its very necessary station.

And so it appears now that The Phoenix is poised for its third act. This time Suaya has gotten away from all the pomp and circumstance on Restaurant Row and moved things up to 3rd Street. The official address is still forthcoming (should be interesting to see where The Phoenix will land, given the prime real estate that’s already being inhabited), but Suaya is predicting a summer 2015 unveiling.

Score another rebirth for The Phoenix.