There’s a new tune playing at the Hollywood Bowl — or there will be next year, when the longtime vendor to the popular music venue switches up completely. Gone will be Patina Restaurant Group and their expansive offerings of picnic baskets, wines by the bottle, and pre-show fare. In it’s place? None other than Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne.
That’s right: James Beard-winning Goin and restaurateur partner Styne are taking over the full slate of food and beverage options at the Bowl, with the help of noted event destination hospitality team Sodexo Leisure. It’s certainly a jump for the pair’s Lucques Group restaurant empire, which currently includes a.o.c., Tavern, the namesake Lucques, and The Larder. After all, the Bowl is said to bring in about $10 million annually and sees many tens of thousands of visitors during their short performance season.
Those are some mighty big numbers. It’s all enough to make one wonder how the Patina team must be feeling this morning (though it’s worth noting that their holdings are already plenty extensive elsewhere). After all, their joint bid with Live Nation to handle food at the competing Greek Theatre is now dead on arrival as well.
The new Lucques contract at the Hollywood Bowl is good for ten years (Patina held on for fifteen) and takes effect next summer. In a statement, Styne said that the partnership is an enormous opportunity for her and Goin, and that they’ll be working hard to not only maintain the sort of high-end food and drink that they’re known for, but also to keep the service and hospitality side humming through it all.