One of LA’s leading voices in the vegan/plant-based food movement is expanding his reach, as Nic Adler of Monty’s Good Burger is set to open an eponymous sit-down spot on Beverly Boulevard in the former Ponte space.
Adler’s upcoming restaurant will be called Nic’s, and will aim for dinnertime comfort fare in a polished sit-down environment. To that end, he is bringing in chef Steven Fretz (who co-founded Top Round, and was at Church Key before that) as culinary director to run the meatless menu alongside executive chef Ryan Ososky. Jason Eisner, the barman known for vegan-friendly drinking at Gracias Madre and for his York hotspot Block Party in Highland Park, will oversee the drinks.
Adler tells Eater that the plan with Nic’s is to make it a comfortable space to relax, drink, and dine, where the food just happens to be completely animal free. Adler himself has been a vegan for decades, and his Monty’s Good Burger has been a a big hit with the non-meat-eating LA community. Adler also has a separate full-time job running the food situation at Coachella, and has been bringing more and more plant-based food to the big desert music festival over the past several years.
As for an opening, Studio Unltd. is finishing up construction now, with an eye towards likely opening next month.
Nic’s. 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA