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Hollywood’s Most Prolific Restaurateur Opens a Modern American Bistro

George Abou-Daoud is at it again, this time with Common Project

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The Common Project burger
Courtesy Common Project
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

One of Hollywood’s most expansive restaurateurs is back at it, opening up a new restaurant on a block that he has come to all but own. George Abou-Daoud’s newest venture is Common Project, an easygoing option at the base of the sweeping Emerson College building on Sunset Boulevard.

Abou-Daoud already has one restaurant on the same property, ever since opening up his breakfast sandwich and coffee spot Homeward Ground earlier this fall. Now the second half of that space is to become Common Project under chef Leo Bongarra, an Argentinian who previously spent time at Tower Bar on the Sunset Strip. The plan is to offer a variety of American bistro staples, from a burger to meatloaf to salads to a $26 steak frites plate. The full opening menu can be found here.

For now, Common Project exists only as a lunch option, though dinner and brunch will commence soon once the place activates its beer and wine license. That’s good news for locals in the area, though there’s a bevy of free parking available inside the Emerson building for passersby as well. Expect outdoor seating with a midcentury modern interior decor approach, including two- and four-tops, as well as booths.

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The kitchen at Common Project

As for Abou-Daoud himself, Common Project is just the latest restaurant of his to hit the same Hollywood block. He already operates the Mexican restaurant, late night burger spot, and corner Italian place (as well as the around-the-corner daytime deli), and has the modern Middle Eastern restaurant Farida down the street.

Common Project
5960 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA