Singer Billie Eilish and her producer brother Finneas O’Connell are investing in the forthcoming restaurant Argento in Silver Lake with restaurateur Nic Adler, reports Los Angeles magazine. Previously, Argento was announced in March 2023 and slated for the Moby-owned Little Pine space. Like Little Pine, Argento will serve vegan fare but instead of a seasonal American menu, it’ll specialize in Italian food. Argento will include a chef’s table and an expanded outdoor patio designed by Sarita Jaccard. Scott Winegard, previously with Matthew Kenney’s plant-based restaurant group, will oversee the kitchen. Argento is expected to open in December 2023.
Eilish and Finneas met Adler through Darkroom founder Justin Lubliner. Adler has long been involved in the music industry and operated the Roxy on the Sunset Strip for years with his father, Lou Adler, a legendary record and film producer. Adler’s additional hospitality projects include overseeing food and beverage for Goldenvoice’s Coachella music festival, as well as operating Monty’s Good Burger and Nic’s On Beverly.
All’Antico Vinaio is now open
After a brief sneak preview on Abbot Kinney Boulevard back in late September, All’Antico Vinaio, the popular focaccia sandwich maker from Florence, Italy, is now fully open in Venice. The sandwich shop is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a later 9 p.m. closure on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant surprise opened last week just before the Thanksgiving holiday. Expect long lines with sandwiches ranging from $12 to $20 apiece.
A Santa Monica closure
Toddrickallen reports that the Independence, which opened in 2014, has closed in Santa Monica on the corner of 2nd and Broadway. The Independence opened in the former Buddha’s Belly space with veteran barman Vincenzo Marianella and served as a reliable watering hole for downtown Santa Monica denizens.
Syrian specialties in the Westside
Mediterranean Pastries Den, a vendor at the Mar Vista, Playa Vista, and Hermosa Beach farmers markets, is the subject of a feature by journalist Meghan McCarron in the Los Angeles Times. Operated by Nesrin, whose last name was omitted to protect her family in Syria, Mediterranean Pastries Den serves stewed vegetables and other notable prepared foods.
A Mexican band supports street vendors
Mexican pop-rock band Maná announced it will donate a portion of the proceeds from its LA concerts to support Latino street vendors, reports ABC-7. The funds will go to help vendors purchase carts that are approved by the Los Angeles County Health Department through the L.A. Street Vendor Campaign and the Community Power Collective. Years after street vending was legalized in LA, only 204 valid permits have been issued to the approximately 10,000 vendors across the city. Maná is performing at the Kia Forum on November 24 and 25.
Jones Hollywood update
Jones Hollywood has been closed through the busy start of the holiday season due to a vehicle that crashed into the building in mid-November. The accident, which did not result in any injuries, significantly damaged the corner section of the restaurant. In support of Jones’s employees, nearby Employees Only will hold a fundraiser on Tuesday, November 27 with red wine, martinis, and a menu that reflects Jones’s old-school Italian American food. All proceeds from a raffle and a portion of the night’s sales will benefit workers.