It was less than two years ago that popular romantic dining destination The Little Door opened up its second location in Santa Monica. Well today, a new restaurant is opening its doors in the charming St. Tropez-inspired space, L'Ami.
Marc-Antoine Rambaud, who was previously one of the owners of the former Little Door Santa Moica, has left the space nearly untouched, blue ceilings and shearling-covered chairs and all. Even the menu by French chef Francis Bey, formerly the chef/owner of Lilly's French Restaurant on Abbott Kinney, is nearly identical to that of the Little Door, both with $40+ couscous plates and plenty of Mediterranean-leaning dishes.
L'Ami is open Monday through Sunday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. with daily happy hour from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Weekend brunch is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.