The saga continues with Tipple & Brine in Sherman Oaks. Late last year owner Richard DiSisto decided to shutter his failing concept Downtown Johnny’s and simultaneously give Tipple & Brine (and the upstairs Tunnel Bar) a bit of a time-out. Back then, DiSisto was adamant that both Tipple & Brine and the upstairs bar would be coming back in the new year after a hiatus of only a month or so — he even told Eater that his now out-of-work employees were only being ‘temporarily’ laid off two days before Christmas, and that most were excited to have the time to do other things.
Except, well, that doesn’t seem to be the way things are shaping up. There’s signage galore now for a Tipple & Brine replacement to be known as The Sherman, though that restaurant is still very much in the works. Per the names behind the newcomers, The Sherman will be a locally-focused casual spot for Valleyites, consisting of a full bar and cocktail program in addition to craft beer and an assortment of easy menu items meant to be shared. Calling the rethought space ‘eclectic’, Sherman ownership says they’ll be giving the restaurant a rustic overhaul, and even opening up the second-floor bar soon enough — but under the name The Attic.
And what of DiSisto? He doesn’t have much to say regarding the about-face, it seems as he has so far refused several opportunities to tel his side of things. That hasn’t stopped angry former employees for chatting it up on the Tipple & Brine Facebook page, commenting on a post that, funnily enough, says the restaurant "will reopen in February." As previously hinted it back in December, it seems some are claiming DiSisto hasn’t paid them, and of course fell through on promises to bring them back after the ‘remodel’ period was over.
For The Sherman at least, it’s onward and upward. The company doesn’t have a firm opening date just yet but they’ve started hiring up which means a quick March turnaround is not out of the question. Their new ABC license is still pending as of three days ago, but even that could fall into place pretty quickly, meaning before long The Sherman could wipe away all mention of the previous Tipple & Brine fiasco that happened at the same address just months prior.