Hollywood changes right before our eyes
Hollywood’s newest members-only club is coming, taking over the Redbury Hotel in early 2018 with plans to turn the place into a Soho House-like spot called The Hospital Club, says Curbed. It’s a UK export co-founded by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, and will transform the property into a place for private parties, coworking, and dining. The building will add multiple bars, a tea room, and a rooftop eatery, to go along with the Cleo restaurant currently operating (which will remain open).
The multi-million-dollar Hollywood buy points out — in rather stark numbers — just how much traction Hollywood has as a neighborhood right now. Massive projects up and down Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards continue to pop up, changing the dining and drinking landscape of one of LA’s most heavily-trafficked ‘hoods. And there’s still lots more to come, including the Tao Group’s project and April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman’s restaurant in the former Cat & Fiddle space. Come the end of 2017, Hollywood may look completely unrecognizable from just a few years ago.
Coffee for the ACLU
You won’t have to do anything special next week if you feel like donating to the ACLU: just buy coffee. Industry mag Sprudge points to next week’s nationwide fundraiser for the non-profit taking place at coffee shops across the country, including every Blue Bottle, the G&B/Go Get Em Tiger teams, Tartine Manufactory up in SF, and many more.
Craft beer, tacos, and tunes
Down to drive for some tacos and craft beer (oh, and watch bands like Sum 41)? The Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival in Dana Point this April is just for you then. With a strong lineup of restaurants, breweries, and bands, it could be one of the more fun food festivals out there. Tickets are on sale as of yesterday.
Montrose does dinner
C’est La Vie is running dinner hours now, with a French flair for the Montrose neighborhood up in the hills. Hours run until 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, with an extension so 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Espresso Cielo’s big party
Want some free coffee? Get out to Espresso Cielo’s big party on Second Street in Santa Monica on February 8, or head to their second stop on Main Street. All day long, guests will be able to get a free cup just for showing up between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Cooking for the legends
Bruce Kalman had a couple of legends come into his restaurant Union last month: Alice Waters (whose name is emblazoned on a big quote board right in the dining room) and Jacques Pépin. He recounts the story here of what that felt like, to cook for people you so admire, and watch them step into the kitchen themselves for a spin.
Vegan crepes, here we come
Who needs a vegan crepe? Someone, apparently, which is why this newcomer next to Nature’s Brew in University Park is coming online. That corner is quickly becoming a hub for dining, with the longstanding Bacaro just steps away, and do-good food enterprise Everytable not much past that. 2318 S. Union Ave.