The Beverly Hills dining scene is looking up today, as Eater has learned that Evan Funke is coming to town with big new Italian dinner plans. Though his unnamed project is still a ways out (think sometime next year) it’s definitely happening, and there will be a very big art component as well.
Funke and his big, busy Felix Trattoria partners — Janet Zuccarini’s Gusto 54 Restaurant Group out of Canada — are taking over a large space on Camden Drive, just a block up from the buzzy Madeo and stalwart Mr. Chow. More importantly, the address puts them right next door to upscale art gallery Gagosian, which is also partnering in on the project.
The plan is for art dealer Larry Gagosian to divide the 9,500 square foot space with the restaurant team, meaning he’ll be using some of the square footage for a premium and private gallery, and Funke and co. will be taking the rest for his restaurant. The property does not yet have a name or a fully realized menu, but reps for the project have confirmed that, naturally, there will be an Italian focus.
Just don’t expect anything any time soon, as it’s looking like a fall 2020 arrival for said restaurant. Meanwhile everyone is staying rather busy on other things; Gusto 54 is opening Gusto Green in Downtown Los Angeles, and Funke’s handmade pasta cookbook comes out on September 24 of this year.
430 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA.