Andrew Kirschner pretty much hit a grand slam when he unleashed Tar & Roses upon Santa Monica a few years ago along with partner Johnnie Jenkins. Ever crowded and continually lauded, the pair was opportunistic in taking over nearby La Botte, which debuts tomorrow as Santa Monica Yacht Club, or SMYC for short.
They've hired talented chef Walter El Nagar, who'd been handling his own Barbershop pop-up for a few years before taking the helm at this beautifully designed space. With small plates as the format, seafood as the prime ingredients, and world flavors as the inspiration, the multi-faceted eatery will seat 84 inside, plus an an outdoor patio, bar (with the full menu), and communal table, with about a third of the restaurant open for walk-ins.
As for the interior, find clean lines reminiscent of a yacht, but modernized to the fullest extent. Peter Tolkein Architecture captures a regal oceanic sense with a heavy dose of mid-century furniture for a timeless aesthetic. Jeffrey Swarthout will oversee the operation as general manager. Reservations accepted via Open Table.
620 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401