Buried in last week's news of Charles Phan's Slanted Door and Steve Samson's Rossoblu opening in Downtown was reports of Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix's fourth effort together. While there's no name for the upcoming City Market South concept, which is located in Fashion District, the project is yet another partnership with Black Market and Scopa's Mario Guddemi and Sal Auroro.
1. The concept is housed in the former banana processing center for all of Southern California. Though they haven't landed on a name, something that helps them think about the space is the famous line from Arrested Development: "there's always money in the banana stand." It's a reference to Top Banana, a frozen banana stand in Newport Beach.
2. The space that Livigni, Moix & Co. will take over was the former banana loading dock, which means it opens up on three sides, with plenty of outdoor seating spilling out onto a deck and open courtyard that's yet to be built out. Though there will be interior seating, weather permitting, it'll have a terrific indoor-outdoor feel.
3. The view from the al fresco dining areas will afford a new take on the Downtown skyline. It should join a slew of great outdoor dining areas in Downtown's up and coming areas, like Arts District.
4. The food menu won't be as encompassing as the ones at The Slanted Door and Rossoblu, but it will complement the bar menu. So while it's more than a bar, it won't quite be a full blown restaurant. One might recall the new bar menu at The Chestnut Club when thinking about the scope of the menu.
5. The drinks menu will span beer, wine, and cocktails, naturally, though expect much of the focus to land on cocktails, as that's been Livigni and Moix's calling card since their first team-up at La Descarga. Still, the drinking from beer to wine to intoxicants should be top-notch.
6. No opening date as of yet, though the entire project is slated to debut some time in early 2016.