Downtown LA’s Hauser & Wirth team is set to expand across greater Los Angeles, reports What Now LA, with a new 10,000-square-foot space coming soon to West Hollywood. The building, a vintage single-story former showroom for classic cars, sits at 8980 Santa Monica Boulevard, along the city’s main drag.
Eater reached out to the Hauser & Wirth team for more details on the proposed upcoming expansion; they confirmed the lease deal but offered no information on the restaurant itself or the staff involved. Per What Now LA, almost the entirety of the Spanish stucco Heritage Classics building will be remade into an art gallery space to showcase emerging and world-renowned artists, with a portion of the property devoted to a restaurant and cafe “featuring Parisian-style sidewalk dining.”
Because the project is a ways off, the Hauser & Wirth team declined to offer a formal opening date, so expect the project to take some time. Firm details on the restaurant are also unknown, including the involvement of chef Kris Tominaga, who currently operates the Hauser & Wirth-based restaurant Manuela in the Arts District. That mostly open-air restaurant has become a staple for the neighborhood, particularly during the pandemic, and has even spawned a new side-project called the Garden Bar at Manuela, with its own cocktail and food menu.
For those unfamiliar, Hauser & Wirth is a world-renowned art gallery and brokerage, with an eye for architecture, design, and dining at its international locations. The group has properties in Zurich, Hong Kong, London, New York City, Los Angeles, and beyond, each with rotating art exhibits and galleries to view. Their spaces tend to also be adaptive reuses of existing buildings (like the former flour mill in the Arts District), with an on-site hospitality component.
As for West Hollywood, the standalone Los Angeles County city is booming right now with restaurant projects, from the upcoming changes by the Olivetta team at the La Peer Hotel to the recently-opened Soulmate on Robertson (which is itself getting a makeover, becoming pedestrian-only on certain days of the week). Got more details on the upcoming Hauser & Wirth West Hollywood project — or anything else around Los Angeles? You can always hit the tip line.