Adolfo Suaya, who has a long history of opening restaurants and bars in Los Angeles, starting with the Gaucho Grill chain and then places like The Phoenix, Bar Delux, Surly Goat, Dolce, the Lodge, and the ill-fated Osaka, has finally secured funding for his planned $35 million whiskey-themed hotel in Hollywood, which he’s calling the Whisky Hotel. With 134 rooms and everything from whiskey-filled minibars to a whiskey fountain, the boutique hotel hopes to open some time in 2022.
Guests checking in will get a complimentary dram of whiskey when they walk in, while whiskey “sommeliers” can guide brown liquor aficionados in their craft spirits selection. The seven-story hotel will also have a greenhouse-style rooftop restaurant and bar. Suaya hasn’t been as active recently in the LA restaurant scene, as his latest place Paloma in Hollywood closed back in March 2019 after just 15 months of operation.
In other news:
—There’s about seven hours left to bid (as of this morning) for some of the vintage wines in Pacific Dining Car’s deep cellar, featuring everything from aged Bordeaux to prized California cabs available online. The longtime steakhouse permanently closed its Santa Monica location, auctioning off art, furniture, and equipment a few months ago. Its Downtown/Westlake location, opened in 1921, is still temporarily closed without plans to reopen at the moment.
—Pain Pizza is back this weekend, the pizza pop-up from Karen Palmer (who has contributed to Eater). Palmer, who will be doing special bagel bites, is collaborating with Lupa Cotta and the Bad Jew on Sunday and Monday at Melody in Virgil Village from 5 to 9 p.m. 50 percent of the proceeds will go to A Place Called Home, a nonprofit that provides educational and artistic programs, counseling, mentorship, and more to children in South Central LA.
—CBS reports that Burbank wants to go all in on outdoor dining, closing off sections of San Fernando Blvd to make room for more seating on the street.
—LA Times critic Bill Addison has a lengthy list of places he’s been getting takeout from recently, including Heritage Barbecue down in San Juan Capistrano and Trindad and Tobago restaurant Mia’s Kitchen in Manhattan Beach.
—The NY Times is saying Boa Steakhouse is where TikTok influencers are going because the likes of Craig’s and Catch are for actual celebrities.
—Tamales Elena continues to draw attention from local media, this time from LA Magazine, which says the pozoles are “thick” and the tamales feature banana leaves are passed over an open fire.
—Largwa’s Mini House Bakery is doing a bake sale this Saturday with a third of sales going to Kat LaVeaux’s efforts to support masks, sanitzer, and other supplies for peaceful protests. Items include cookies, brownies, and panna cotta.