Popular British chef Brendan Collins has decided to close his Hollywood restaurant Birch, and will instead be focusing his time on a big new project out in Santa Monica. The final night of service was Saturday.
The move to shutter Birch, a popular dinner destination for cocktails and British fare — including a true Sunday roast — leaves the Cahuenga space in the hands of one Peter Brill, the name behind places like Tipsy Cow and Big Wang’s. Some city paperwork for the property indicates a possible turn as a new space to be called Elbow Room, but that’s still unconfirmed.
It was always an uphill battle for Birch, doing a more refined dinner setup in a part of town that tends to favor casual food and tourist-friendly drinks. Still, the place had come to mean something to many Hollywood locals since opening in early 2015, especially with the loss of places like Butchers & Barbers down the street.
Instead, Collins is headed over to Wilshire, a more upscale Santa Monica spot with one heck of a patio. The place has been a favorite since opening in 2005, and has helped along names like Tar & Roses owner Andrew Kirschner along the way. Now Collins steps in to run the ship nightly, after a year of running Birch and consulting on projects like Tower 12 in Hermosa Beach. Expect menu changes at Wilshire over the next few months.