Chef Portrait

Select Hospitality & Design is thrilled to partner with Chef Diego Hernandez, together debuting Verlaine Restaurant this winter in West Hollywood, CA.  Occupying the iconic, long time home of Dominick’s Restaurant, the beloved location is home to one of the city’s most beautiful, lush outdoor dining spaces, with cherished restaurant and celebrity lore dating back many decades in Los Angeles.

Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, Hernandez owns the acclaimed restaurant Corazon de Tierra, celebrated among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants of Latin America (#39 #LatAm50Best), a coveted award that the restaurant has enjoyed for three years. Hernandez mentored alongside esteemed Chefs Enrique Olvera at Mexico City’s acclaimed Restaurant Pujol (#5 #LatAm50Best) and Chef Guillermo Gonzalez Beristain at Monterrey’s Pangea Restaurant (#19 #LatAm50Best). With Verlaine, Chef Hernandez introduces his first restaurant project in the United States.  Hernandez plans Verlaine to speak to the philosophies of his award winning Baja dining room, which offers an intensely focused celebration of local organic farming and fishing communities, culminating into a unique vision of Baja’s historical culinary marriage of Mexican, Mediterranean, and Japanese influences.  Hernández’ motto is “organic, local, sustainable,” – his restaurants grow their own herbs, fruits, and vegetables, producing olive oils and honey, with other ingredients supplied locally. As well, chef has established his restaurant among the most highly coveted by culinary tourists from Southern California and around the globe.

Select Hospitality & Design was created in 2014 by partners Matthew Hechter and Christopher Brandon, the company behind Santa Monica’s Hinterland, and part of the team behind Hudson Clearwater Restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village.  In partnership with Chef Diego Hernandez, the group will soon debut Verlaine Restaurant in the iconic former home to Dominick’s Restaurant in West Hollywood, CA. Additional chef focused restaurants, lifestyle and design projects are slated throughout Southern California in the coming months.

 Verlaine | 8715 Beverly Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90048

Opening Winter, 2016