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Silver Lake Gains a French ‘Neo-Bistro’ on Busy Restaurant Strip

Bar Restaurant launches its food menu, and announces its chef

Signage for a place called Bar Restaurant on a sunny day in Los Angeles.
Bar Restaurant
Lesley Suter
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.

Silver Lake’s former Malo space is starting to kick into high gear once again. Earlier this year the property rebranded as a neighborhood bar known simply as Bar Restaurant, though owner Jeff Ellermeyer (the Echo, El Prado) told Eater way back in February that a bigger sit-down restaurant component was planned for the future. Well, that time is now.

The more robust rebirth of Bar Restaurant will start small this weekend a menu from chef Doug Rankin, who was previously attached to a still-in-the-works Los Feliz project alongside Beau Laughlin. Rankin is no longer involved there, and is taking the reins at Bar Restaurant to create “a neo-bistro,” says Ellermeyer, “in the family of the reimagined dining movement happening in Paris.” Rankin previously was the opening chef de cuisine at Trois Mec, and has spent time at Petit Trois and the Bazaar as well. The opening menu is below.

Alongside Rankin and Ellermeyer is Pierluc Dallaire, a longtime general manager at Montreal’s Joe Beef, who moved to Los Angeles to help open Botanica back in the day. Together, the group will operate inside the colorful, flower-and-art-filled former Malo, first doing the menu as part of the already-existing bar inside, and (in the coming days) as a full sit-down restaurant operating in the dining room as well. There are no reservations, and hours run 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. “It’s serious,” adds Ellermeyer, “but not too serious.”

Expect full daily dinner service in the dining room at Bar Restaurant starting at the end of October.

Bar Restaurant. 4326 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.