Construction is well underway inside Twain's, the Studio City diner legend that fell by the wayside last year. With all its good-vibe Googie architecture and iconic spinning sign, there's a lot to love about the building on the corner of Ventura Blvd. and Coldwater Canyon, which is why the team behind casual Mexican chain Sharky's is looking to keep as much of the place intact as possible.
As you can see below, there's still a lot of tearing down and rebuilding to be done, but ultimately it's in everyone's best interest to highlight what was already working for the structure, rather than raze the whole thing and start from scratch.
That angular, swooping ceiling is sticking around, as is the wraparound counter feel and wide booths from the Twain's days. The whole dining area will be well-lit thanks to a ton of tall glass, while outside two separate small patios and some landscaping will help to tie the place together once and for all.
Sharky's also wants to use the reborn Twain's to test out a broader menu that includes breakfast, so the restaurant should still retain some of that short order diner vibe that's existed inside for decades. Of course this will ultimately be a modern Mexican restaurant, which means salsa bar, open kitchen, and lots of other fun new touches, but hopefully they'll retain the charm and style of the original Twain's.
Expect Sharky's to wrap up the Twain's remodel in a couple of months, with a planned opening scheduled for mid-summer.