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April Bloomfield’s New LA Restaurant Will Have Beastie Boy Mike D Pouring Wine

Hearth & Hound opens on September 22, with some big names attached

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Daniel Krieger
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.

Start clearing out those calendars now, because Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield are locking in a date for the opening of their first Los Angeles restaurant. And now they’ve even got a name for the place: Hearth & Hound, to go along with a couple of big hires — including Mike D of the Beastie Boys.

Per a report from Bloomberg today, Bloomfield and Friedman have landed on a very British pub-sounding name for their West Coast venture. It’s certainly in fitting with the style of the space, as the longstanding Cat & Fiddle (again with the ampersands) held reign at the property for years, until ultimately being forced out in a somewhat acrimonious dispute. They have since moved over to their own new space along Highland.

Oh, and they’ve hired Mike D of Beastie Boys fame to help run the wine list. The self-admitted wine geek is partnering up with none other than Taylor Parsons to coalesce the wine side of the equation, while Bloomfield is working with a slew of talented chefs (including Eater Young Guns winner Debb Michail) to craft a menu that she tells Bloomberg is “a little bit of fresh, a little bit of fat.” That means lots of vegetables, cooked birds done either in an open hearth or on a French-style rotisserie, some red meat, and (surprisingly) no burger on the opening dinner menu.

A few other tidbits from the Bloomberg piece: There will be a private dining room (of course), and the restaurant will take reservations. The Hearth & Hound’s opening date is slated for September 22, though so far that’s not exactly set in stone.