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The Guild Craft Kitchen Takes Over Former Al Bacio Space on Sunset Strip

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Another turnover for one of West Hollywood's most flippable spaces.

Al Bacio, West Hollywood
Al Bacio, West Hollywood
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.

It looks like the oft-rotating restaurant space that most recently held short-term tenant Al Bacio is prepping once again for a new arrival. After quietly closing last summer, the Italian-focused Al Bacio space has been sitting forlornly on Sunset Boulevard, between options like the (also short-lived) Avenue 31 to the east and Dakota Weiss’ Estrella to the west.

Now there are signs of life, with the below The Guild Craft Kitchen banner being recently hung over the previous signage above the door. Unfortunately the name doesn’t lead much of anywhere, and the most recent ABC license attached to the space is still under control of Roberto Saracino, who previously ran Al Bacio. So it’s possible, that Saracino is just reformatting the place himself, though it’s not entirely clear at the moment who’s pulling the strings in the background.

There is this recently-posted Craigslist ad that’s linked up with the restaurant, promising to "bring a different dimension of food to our patron’s plates by mixing global influences, rare spices" and a whole bunch more stuff. They’re in the market for lots of people to help them achieve those goals, namely chefs, cooks, servers, bartenders, bussers, and hosts.

Here’s to hoping The Guild Craft Kitchen, which claims to be opening mid-March, can sustain itself along Sunset in a space where so many others like Celestino Drago have come and gone.

The Guild Craft Kitchen
8741 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA