THE STAVE WINE AND BEER BAR OPENS TONIGHT: WHERE EVERYBODY IN LONG BEACH KNOWS YOUR NAME
“What’s this going to be?” a passerby yells into the cavernous, under-construction site at the corner of Broadway and Downtown Long Beach’s Promenade. “Not a chain, I hope.”
Two weeks before the doors roll up and any Pilsner is poured, Natalie van Waardenburg and Garry Muir are walking through The Stave, their soon-to-be wine and beer bar. The space looks far from finished, and the furniture arrives tomorrow. Their expressions alternate between unwavering confidence and disbelief as they mull over what has to be done in the next 14 days. Muir offers a private tour inside the dual-compartment walk-in refrigerator, while van Waardenburg opens boxes and inspects doorknobs. The electricians and builders are busy tying up loose ends. The toilet seat cover dispensers have not been hung in the right spots. There’s always something. But no, this will not be a chain.
What started as a happy-hour snack has grown into one of the hottest, most relevant restaurants in town. Chef Josef Centeno’s first solo venture captures not only the zeitgeist of Downtown’s white-hot dining but also the incredible multiculti spirit of Los Angeles at large. Located in the Old Banking District, just around the corner from Skid Row and some of Downtown’s brightest emerging art galleries, the always-bustling restaurant is particularly jammed on Art Walk Thursday nights. But that’s also one of the best times to go. Housed in a historic building with vintage-looking tables and chairs, the quasi-industrial restaurant manages to look and feel as if it’s been around forever; when in reality, it opened in 2011.
Jeffrey Nimer’s Haute Chefs L.A Caters to J.Lo Rupert Murdoch and You
Classically French trained chef Jeffrey Nimer has spent the last 15+ years experimenting and creating scrumptious recipes and winning accolades in the world of food. With his signature French and California-Mediterranean specialties, Nimer has vast experience in the food realm– having opened the Blue Door Restaurant at the Delano Hotel on South Beach, served as head chef for Lavande Restaurant at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. In 2005 Nimer, branched off into the role of private chef and created his company Haute Chefs LA (http://www.hautechefsla.com/). His Los Angeles based catering company is in high demand as well as his talents as a private chef.
When Trader Vic’s in downtown Los Angeles opens to the public May 2, it won’t have the same intimate, clubby feel as the Vic’s at the Beverly Hills Hilton once had, but it will have the requisite moai, island-themed decor and the roster of fruity drinks. Big and bright
Tattooed waitresses serve eggs many ways, an assortment of breakfast sandwiches and comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner at this hip Los Feliz diner. Open 24 hours, Fred 62 serves beer and wine, along with non-diner fare, such as their “sin delicious” (soba noodles with chinese broccoli and mushrooms). There are cut-outs of old-fashioned milkshakes on the walls, and their version of mac and cheese on the menu, aptly named “Mac Daddy & Cheese Balls.”
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