Toluca Lake’s next trick is Verse, a musically-inclined new supper club right on the main Lankershim drag. The restaurant, with its mellow mood lighting, plush lounge seating, and forward-thinking food from chef Paul Shoemaker, opens on Saturday.
Spread across 3,800 square feet and 140 seats, the new Verse aims to be a San Fernando Valley destination for food, cocktails, and an experiential evening out on the town. Partner Manny Marroquin, who owns adjacent Larrabee Studios, is a many-time Grammy winning sound mixer and engineer who has overseen the build-out from an acoustic perspective, making Verse one of the more technologically-equipped listening venues anywhere in the city.
Don’t let all the sound equipment fool anyone, though. The Kimberly Biehl Schmidt-designed restaurant still leans into creature dining comforts, from plush seats and a long bar to wide, deep-hued banquettes. Shoemaker (Providence, Bastide) is on to oversee the food along with former Sayers Club lead Rob Ciancimino who will run the front of house. Together, the pair is turning out a surprisingly luxury experience for the Valley, complete with wagyu short rib, lobster bolognese, and seafood-leaning “lollipop” skewers. Matthew Kaner runs the opening wine list.
Verse opens to the public on Saturday, December 14 in Toluca Lake. Expect hours from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are available now.
Verse. 4212 Lankershim Blvd., Toluca Lake.