Hollywood’s newest multi-level restaurant and rooftop lounge has all the makings of a summer hotspot. Grandmaster Recorders, or GMR, opens late-summer on Cahuenga between Selma and Sunset Boulevard, and comes to the neighborhood by way of the Australian-based Botanical Group, the same crew behind E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood.
Grandmaster Recorders joins Hollywood’s neighboring rooftop spots around Cahuenga, like Tao’s Highlight Room, Mama Shelter, and the forthcoming About Last Knife. But for GMR, there’s not only the history behind the space (it was formerly a recording studio under the same name), but also a unique menu from experienced Australian chef couple Monty and Jaci Koludrovic. Expect familiar Italian dishes with a California-Australian twist, like a seafood salad with daily crudo with scampi, herb and white radish, or antipasti with prosciutto and wasabi melon anchovies on wood-fired bread.
The Grandmaster Recorders’ future iteration is ambitious. The multi-level space is similar to West Hollywood’s restaurant/bar E.P. & L.P., with a 130 capacity dining room, and late-night bar. Then there’s the rooftop lounge boasting a casual menu and cocktails for 300 guests, which looks directly at the Hollywood hills.
The Grandmaster Recorders site originally became a creative hub for recording artists like David Bowie, Billy Idol, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. According to the Los Angeles Times, Stevie Wonder wrote and rehearsed his Grammy winning album “Songs in the Key of Life” in this very studio in the 1975. Beck recorded his notable “Midnight Vultures” there in 1999. Producer Alan Dickson launched the studio in the 1970s, but the space was sold in 2017 to local developer Cahuenga Investors.
Expect an opening for the multi-story Grandmaster Recorders sometime in late summer 2020.