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Bruce Kalman Joins New All-Day Arts District Project The House of Machines

The Cape Town motorcycle bar export snags a Top Chef

Bruce Kalman at American Liver Foundation
Bruce Kalman at an American Liver Foundation event
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.

Longtime Los Angeles restaurateur and current Top Chef contestant Bruce Kalman is expanding his empire, branching out in a new direction with the folks from The House of Machines.

For those unfamiliar, The House of Machines is an export from Cape Town, South Africa. The multi-use project is known as a gritty kind of hideaway for motorcycle fans and music heads, with a punk rock sensibility and lots of whiskey. The Cape Town location also doubles as a cafe, with simple breakfasts, sandwiches, and the like.

Kalman steps into the project to run the all-day kitchen, offering a bit of his Jersey sensibility and Italian cooking style. Much like Knead & Co. inside Grand Central Market there will be room for hearty breakfasts like polenta as well as simple eggs, while lunch and dinner will be more California fresh than red sauce spaghetti and meatballs. Kalman says he might even end up with a burger on the menu, though the final lineup of food has not yet been announced.

Furthermore, the space will be a home for folks to come in for a post-work drink, to hang out and listen to music, and to watch motorcycles actually being built from a glassed-in work station in the back. There will even be room for the occasional live music set in the back.

Expect an opening for Kalman’s new project sometime in February, not much before new neighbor Wes Avila’s Guerrilla Tacos brick and mortar comes online. The House of Machines also has a location in Japan, and is looking to expand its presence stateside soon, both locally and across the country. Meanwhile, Kalman continues his run on this season of Top Chef.

The House of Machines
2808 E. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA