Here comes another stunner from Beau Laughlin, the former Cardiff Giant head who has been quietly transforming the former Naya space in Silver Lake since 2014. His new concept there, Sawyer, opens in just a few weeks.
Anyone walking by recently can peek in and see the nearly-finished restaurant, which Eater is told will eventually come to hold more than one concept simultaneously, spread throughout the whole space. The first to come alive is Sawyer, which is being billed as a seafood-focused restaurant with a California mentality, all done in a casual, tile-rimmed dining area meant to be breezy inside and easy to look at. Laughlin and partner Brett Cranston actually designed the place themselves, it turns out.
Expect a few taps for craft beer and a nice collection of wine at Sawyer, which should work well for the L-shaped wooden bar off in the corner. There’s no menu to look at just yet, but the place is hiring up at the moment (so says a sign in the their window) so if you’re interested you can send a resume over to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a bit of background, you’ll likely know Laughlin from his time with once-powerhouse restaurant group Cardiff Giant, which for a while operated such spaces as Fifty Seven, The Churchill, DBA, and The Hudson. After the short-lived Fifty Seven went kaput in the Arts District, there was rumor that Laughlin would be taking over Joe’s in Venice, but that eventually fell through (and now the space has become a new home for Evan Funke). So of late, Laughlin’s been focusing his time and energy on the Sawyer build-out, with more concepts to come within the building as time goes on.
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