One of West Hollywood’s most beautiful restaurants is getting a major redo later this year, changing from its known name La Boheme into a different, meatier place altogether.
The new steakhouse taking over for La Boheme will be called LB66, and it’s meant to be a big, glitzy dining operation complete with tall ceilings, reclaimed wood floors, wide glass doors, and chandeliers. Think of LB66 as an even more modern Boa, with hopes for a chic West Hollywood evening clientele. There will be classic salads and steakhouse sides, but mostly the show will focus on both wet and dry-aged beef available in large-format chops and platters.
The man behind the switcheroo is none other than Tom Cardenas, the longtime vice president of Innovative Dining Group (Katana, Boa, Sushi Roku, etc.). Now he has returned for a new gig with his former employer Global Dining, based out of Japan, to oversee the company’s U.S. holdings. That includes the long-running La Boheme, which first arrived on the scene to much fanfare back in 1991, as well as the much more recent 1212 located on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
As for timing with La Boheme, Cardenas tells Eater that the company is looking to change things up either later this summer or right at the end of the year, depending on timelines from groups like the city and their contractors. Regardless, the revamp should run well north of $1 million, meaning it will be a total overhaul for what is already one of the more gorgeous properties in West Hollywood. Expect an arrival for LB66 sometime early next year.
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