Silver Lake’s closed Cliff’s Edge space won’t be down for long. The secretive, patio-focused hideaway right on Sunset Boulevard has been handed over to the Bacari team, with plans to open wide once again this summer, per co-owner Danny Kronfli.
For those unfamiliar, Bacari is a sit-down casual spot with locations near USC, in Playa del Rey, Glendale, and West Third Street. The restaurants are known for their wide-ranging everyday menus that weave from charcuterie boards and salads to falafel, hummus, roasted protein mains, pastas, and beyond. The Playa del Rey location, opened in 2014, has more of a wine bar vibe; the Glendale location turns out lots of cocktails. Like the food the spaces, with dark reclaimed wood tones and exposed handing bulbs, are always similar, but slightly distinct. For this go-round, Matt Winter of M. Winter Design is on to oversee the overhaul.
With design in mind, the new Cliff’s Edge pickup should be right in Bacari’s wheelhouse. The former 16-year tenant leaves behind one of LA’s best patios, a leafy oasis with shabby-chic Mediterranean vibes and a dimly lit indoor bar area. For years the restaurant was a staple for Silver Lake diners and drinkers, even helping to sow the rise of star chefs like Vartan Abgaryan, but recent pre-pandemic times had been rough for the property. Owner Dana Hollister fought to hold onto the building even through bankruptcy proceedings brought on by a lawsuit against none other than singer Katy Perry that dates back to 2017. Ultimately the building was put on the market just before the pandemic, and the restaurant itself announced its formal closure last October.
Now the Bacari team is on the scene, with hopes of reviving the hangout and making it a staple destination once again. There’s certainly room for currently-allowed outdoor dining on the large, tiered back patio, though what precisely the space (or the coronavirus pandemic regulations) will look like by June is still yet to be seen. Either way, it’s good to know that one of Silver Lake’s most popular haunts won’t be empty much longer.