It looks like Catch NYC’s expansion into West Hollywood is finally coming to fruition.
Initial reports of the incoming restaurant first surfaced back in October of last year, with announced plans at the time to land on La Cienega’s tony restaurant strip. At the time, Top Chef winner Hung Huynh was manning the stoves at the Meatpacking District original in New York, but he jumped ship in December and eventually fully left their EMM Group in February. It was a less than positive breakup.
Last month, Wehoville dropped news that the Catch West Hollywood location was moving ahead after being granted approval by the city’s planning commission to seat dinner guests on the roof. They initially faced some stiff competition from neighbors worried about the late-night noise, but those fears seem to have abated in front of the planning staff.
Now the location at 8715 Melrose (near the corner of Melrose and San Vicente, not La Cienega) can start to come together, under the apparent moniker Catch Melrose, though as you can see construction is going to take a while.
According to some paperwork filed with the city of West Hollywood, there are plans for over 8,100 square feet of overall restaurant space on the roof of the building, complete with an island bar, some communal seating, and some lounge-y sofas, all decked out under lots of leafy trees and such.
No word on when exactly Catch will see the light of day, but it’s safe to bet the place is still a ways off. In the meantime, there is of course E.P. & L.P. no more than a few blocks away, which is already doing that whole upscale rooftop lounge thing pretty well.