The eastern edges of West Hollywood have been on a restaurant tear of late, and now comes news that the long-awaited Barbette project on Santa Monica Boulevard could be arriving by sometime this spring.
For those unfamiliar: Barbette is a restaurant and bar coming to the former Tinto space at Santa Monica and Gardner. It’s got the backing of Jared Meisler and Sean MacPherson, the team that also runs neighborhood haunts like The Pikey and Jones, both nearby. The duo actually bought the space back in late 2015, and have been slowly getting it ready to roll ever since.
Now onboard is chef Robert Flaherty from New York City. He’s a rising culinary star who helped to open White Gold Butchers under April Bloomfield last year, and previously spent time at places like The John Dory. Now he’s relocated to the West Coast, fallen in love with the bounty of produce (don’t they all) available, and is turning is attention to a casual French-leaning menu with a lot of vegetables. The place won’t be exclusively French or meat-free, but rather will lean on both trends just enough to keep things relaxed, sort of like Melody in Virgil Village or Cote Est in Highland Park.
As for an opening, expect something in late spring, most likely. In the meantime, diners can head to Breakfast by Salt’s Cure or Madison & Park Coffee across the street, or peer in the windows at nearby places like the upcoming Milk Bar down on Melrose, or New York City speakeasy transplant Bathtub Gin.
7511 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA