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One of LA’s Most Infamous Restaurateurs Snags the Former Acabar in Hollywood

There’s some serious construction going down

The former Acabar
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.

There’s life yet at the beautiful old Acabar space. In fact, some heavy construction is underway at this very moment, with the old interior getting a heavy revamp from one very familiar name: John Makhani.

For those unfamiliar with Makhani, he’s a longtime restaurateur around Los Angeles, having started up a number of spots across the area from the now-shuttered Duplex on Third in Beverly Grove to Cinch in Santa Monica to Villa Restaurant in Woodland Hills. Now he’s listed as a primary backer of an unnamed new project currently slated for the former Acabar.

Perhaps most famously, Makhani earned some attention back in 2012 after reportedly harassing an Eater editor and breaking her camera while on site at the under-construction restaurant Duplex on Third. The writer had been given approval by the GM to take photos of the space, but when Makhani showed up he allegedly became enraged and chased out the writer, spurring a lengthy discussion online about the whole affair.

Eater has tried to contact Makhani to confirm the construction details and get some insight into the new project, but so far no luck. Regardless, the arrival of yet another Sunset Boulevard restaurant in Hollywood comes as no surprise, given the popularity of Gwen not far away, and the soon-to-arrive April Bloomfield project just beyond.