Hollywood’s shuttered Berlin Currywurst was rumored a few months back to be flipping into a restaurant called The Walrus and the Carpenter, but apparently that turned out not to be such a hot idea considering there’s already an exceedingly famous place with the same name running up in Seattle.
Instead, the Cahuenga eatery now goes by the decidedly less-famous moniker Running Goose, and has been soft open for the past week. The feel of the place is largely the same as during the Currywurst reign — this is, by and large, a casual dining corridor after all — but the patio has been updated with a few planter boxes for an herb garden while the interior is much more comfortable. Gone is the previous tenant’s bare-bones communal industrial slickness, and in comes proper two-tops and a long, puffy banquette.
You might recognize some of the names behind Running Goose, including owner Armen Hakobyan, who has been responsible for Industriel downtown, Green Street Tavern in Pasadena, and DTown Burger Bar. The chef, Antonio Luna, is an East Coaster who has spent time under Dave Ansel and Guillermo Pernot in Philadelphia.
As for the menu, look for an eclectic mix of land and sea proteins, from salt cod churros served with a saffron aioli to 15-hour slow-cooked beef ribs. There are salads, smoked potatoes, and even tostadas on offer.
Running Goose officially opens tonight and already serves lunch, dinner, and brunch. Monday through Thursday hours run 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Weekend brunch starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 5 p.m.