There’s a flip underway in West Hollywood right now, as a prime Santa Monica Boulevard corner turns into an all-day restaurant playground known as Conservatory. As for what the place will end up looking and feeling like, that remains to be seen.
Conservatory lands at Santa Monica and Sweetzer on the former site of Beach Nation, an actually sandy outdoor lounge that closed well over a year ago. Since then the address has been undergoing an extensive remodel thanks to the Kalt Group, a construction, management, and investment team that has long held rights to the property. They’re the ones bringing Conservatory to life, imagined as a sort of multi-use space with a cafe at street level, a restaurant working casual California cuisine towards the back, and a couple of bars — including one back room that will focus on high-end cocktails. Jim Hustead of Age Old Trade will design the space.
There’s no chef currently attached to the Conservatory project, but they expect to open sometime in mid-summer. Hours will likely run breakfast through dinner and into late night for drinks, with the cafe up front open early. It’s also unclear how the Kalt Group is planning to integrate the Irv’s Burgers building, which was landmarked by the City of West Hollywood and thus remains protected from demolition.
8289 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA