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Familiar Neighborhood Faces Take Over the Closed Former Rascal on La Brea

The folks from Met Her at a Bar will do pasta and wine across the street

A crowded wine bar with wooden accents in evening.
Inside Met Her at a Bar
Met Her at a Bar
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.

It looks like the Rascal space on La Brea won’t be down long. The eight-year-old neighborhood gastropub closed last week, and some very familiar new local owners have already started to rework the restaurant inside.

The corner restaurant’s new tenants are none other than Vincent Kinne and partner Mindy, who own the cafe and evening wine spot Met Her at a Bar across the street. That cafe has, in its own right, become a staple for the nearby Mid-City and Mid-Wilshire communities, and now they’re planning to jump just a few feet away with a second food-focused project.

The new project is called, appropriately enough, Met Him at a Bar. Kinne tells Eater that Met Him will focus more on dinner food, including a handmade pasta bar in view of the dining room as well as beer and wine. They’re hoping to flip the space relatively quickly, with hopes to open in November if the remodel goes alright. Dinner hours will run daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with a Saturday and Sunday brunch to boot.

Met Him at a Bar. 801 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles.