Remember last year when word broke that Eater 2013 Hot Chef Dakota Weiss would be partnering up with Alan Nathan on a West Hollywood restaurant project? The plan at the time was for an all-day eatery doing three meals a day plus brunch on the weekends, while throwing everything at diners — seafood, red meat, vegetarian items, a bakery…
Well there’s been slow movement on the project (which was slated for a late 2014 opening initially), especially considering Weiss has been busy with the Santa Monica opening of Sweetfin Poké. But now there’s at least a name — Estrella — and an anticipated new arrival date in July.
So far, the place is still under heavy construction, but plans call for a bungalow-style, Laurel Canyon kind of feel, with lots of blending between the indoor and outdoor spaces. Look for lots of greenery both inside the restaurant and on the outside of the property, located at 8800 Sunset Blvd along the Sunset Strip, complete with hanging pendant lights and well-worn furniture. Colored tiles, French doors, and an L-shaped terrace define the overall look, as created by designers Studio Collective.
One cool element: there will also be a small 55-seat theater on site, called the MA Theater, which comes complete with its own hidden lounge and patio, and is wrapped in leather and wood. To get there, you’ll have to meander past the kitchen and down some stairs.
Menu-wise, the three-meals-a-day format remains, with a strong takeout component for morning pastries and coffee, on through cocktails at night. There will be simple, almost homey dishes available, like lamb chops and chicken liver mousse, plus the occasional ceviche thrown in for good measure.
Once Estrella opens, expect hours from 7:30 a.m. on, with late night drinking most nights of the week.