Curtis Stone (Maude) and brother Luke Stone are nearly ready to debut their Hollywood restaurant Gwen, which just released reservations starting for the month of August. Taking over the former Mercantile along Sunset Blvd, the Stone brothers are opening a butcher shop a few weeks ahead of the restaurant opening, which means you can get a sneak peek of the space some time in July.
Dinner reservations, which can be made via Nick Kokonas's (Alinea) Tock system (which Trois Mec also uses), cost $190 for two people, not including tax, tip, or drinks. That means that dinner will run at least $240 for two people (and not including beverages). There are three types of seating arrangements you can ask for: main dining room, chef's counter, and wine room. The all-in cost surely means that Gwen will be a seasonally driven, composed tasting menu restaurant, with a heavy emphasis on the butcher shop's offerings up front, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. In addition, Gwen will sport a small bar bites menu for those who want a cocktail and a few dishes instead of a full dinner.
One bummer about the system: it doesn't accommodate solo diners, and doesn't allow for groups of over 6 people, though it's possible those more unique table sizes could come into consideration at a future date.
The next set of tables will be released on August 1 for the following month of September. If you want to be one of the first people to dine at Gwen, best act soon. Note that former Chi Spacca chef Chad Colby departed the restaurant project in early May.
6600 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028