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Westbound Does Cocktails and Small Plates at One Santa Fe This Spring

Yet another place for the cultured kids to gather in the Arts District.

Westbound, Arts District
Westbound, Arts District
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Details have been scarce on Westbound since last summer, when it was first revealed to the world as yet one more tenant to eventually settle inside the One Santa Fe megacomplex. Now it looks like the loosely rail-themed drink and dinner space could arrive as soon as early spring.

Sarah Meade, a former operations manager at some of the city’s most popular bars, is behind Westbound, with chef Gary Nguyen working the menu. Nguyen is an alum of Alma and Mélisse, among other places, while head bartender Mitch Bushell hails from Australia.

As previously discussed, the focus of Westbound will be on the cocktail program, though there will be a tight menu of small plates to be served straight from the bar by Nguyen. That move — kitchens serving guests directly — has become something of a trend in Los Angeles of late, with the likes of Scratch Bar in Encino doing away with front of house staff altogether, and the still-in-progress Shibumi bringing a Japanese sense of direct food service Downtown soon enough.

No official word on an opening date for the Studio Collective-designed space, but look for Westbound’s copper-lined bar and 80-seat dining room to be ready to serve by sometime this spring. Want to follow along? You can peek at their Instagram here.

300 S. Santa Fe
Los Angeles, CA