Serial restaurateur Beau Laughlin and partner Jay Milliken have a second trick up their Los Feliz sleeve, with the incoming opening of a promising new restaurant called Atrium. The Vermont Avenue project has been hiding right in plain sight next to Skylight Books, and should open early this fall.
As the name suggests, Atrium will heavily feature a lot of covered outdoor dining. The plan is to redevelop the long brick walkway that leads from the street to the front of the Skylight Theater space (as shown above), dropping in tables and string lights and a whole new gate up front. The interior of the restaurant and the kitchen itself will be located in the back and to the right, where bow truss ceiling details and even more brick await.
Atrium’s kitchen will be helmed by none other than Hunter Pritchett, the journeyman chef who was most recently at nearby Melody on Virgil Avenue. He joins Atrium as a partner in the venture, cooking a pan-Los Angeles menu that will bend from produce-driven California classics to Middle Eastern, Korean, and Thai flavors. There will also be a full bar available, and a focus on full service for dinner.
Atrium is just one of two projects that Laughlin (who also owns Sawyer and Kettle Black in Silver Lake) has planned for the same set of storefronts along Vermont. He’ll also be running a separate restaurant that actually looks out onto the sidewalk with chef/partner Doug Rankin, the opening chef de cuisine of Trois Mec. Construction for that restaurant is still ongoing, whereas Atrium is already hiring now and should open rather soon.
Atrium. 1816 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA.