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Beleaguered Beso Flips Into Modern Mexican Newcomer Viva Hollywood

Opening next week on Hollywood Boulevard

Chicken mole from Viva Hollywood
Viva Hollywood
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.

After a rocky 2016, Hollywood’s Beso space is about to get back up and running — but with a whole new look, feel, and name. In Beso’s place comes Viva Hollywood, a casual option from chef Raymond Alvarez, with an opening expected as soon as next week.

Alvarez has been around the Los Angeles scene for a while, with many of those years under Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. More recently he was operating at Pink Taco on Sunset Boulevard, and from there went on to the Toca Madera/Tocaya world.

The idea with Viva Hollywood will be take many of those Mexican concepts to heart, with options for everything from chicken mole to tacos to flatbread pizzas. There’s a full slate of cocktails as well, of course, from beverage director Erik Weatherford. An opening cocktail list is below.

Viva Hollywood should add some flavor back to Hollywood Boulevard, as the rest of the neighborhood has been growing immensely over the past year or so. There are fantastic dining options now from Shake Shack to Gwen, so adding some modern Mexican can only help.

Viva Hollywood officially opens Wednesday, March 15, keeping hours from 6 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays and Wednesday, with an extension to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Viva Hollywood
6350 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA