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VERLAINE BRINGS NEW LIFE AND NEW VISION TO A BELOVED LOS ANGELES DINING INSTITUTION

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Owners Matthew Hechter and Christopher Brandon (Select Hospitality & Design associates with proprietorship in Santa Monica’s Hinterland and New York City’s Hudson Clearwater restaurants) have most recently partnered with acclaimed Chef Diego Hernandez to re-envision the beloved Dominick’s Restaurant in West Hollywood, California.  Following sixty-nine years along Beverly Boulevard, the painstaking planning and design engineering of the space spanned one entire year, with a mandate to honor and preserve what came before, as well as effectively utilize the entirety of the space, much of which has never before been enjoyed by the public.  Fans of the old Dominick’s will immediately note that the entrance has been relocated from the front, indoor dining room to a side garden corridor that was previously utilized only as a service entrance.  This long, graceful entrance corridor is flanked with lush new trees and plantings, offering a nod to the past with a glimpse of the original Dominick’s neon sign that rested atop the building for decades. The corridor sweeps guests into the main bar area, a  uniquely recognizable area of the old Dominick’s, now offering a surplus of marble topped seating arrangements and ample gathering space for cocktails and small bites. The rear gardens now comprise the main dining room of Verlaine, a refreshing garden patio that celebrates the eternal sunshine of Southern California, with open skies and blooming, fragrant plants serving as the casually elegant backdrop to Los Angeles’ most anticipated new menus.  Pinstriped banquettes are arranged in the fashion of old Hollywood, with brass design points merging with black marble, brick, antique floor tiles, and emerald green plaster of paris walls, seamlessly offering a fresh, vibrant vision of Hollywood new and old. The indoor bar and dining room is reserved exclusively for private functions and events.

Hechter and Brandon have partnered with Chef Diego Hernandez to bring an altogether new vision to the Verlaine table. Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, Hernandez has led the kitchen of the acclaimed restaurant Corazon de Tierra for six years, celebrated among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants of Latin America (#39 #LatAm50Best), a coveted award that the restaurant has enjoyed for four consecutive 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 home in the United States.  Hernandez plans Verlaine to speak to the philosophies of his award winning Baja dining room, offering an intensely focused celebration of California’s organic farming and fishing communities. Hernández’ motto is “organic, local, sustainable,” – his Baja restaurant grows 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.  Chef has spent much of the previous year establishing these close, personal relationships throughout the farming regions of California, with a unique vision of seasonality and artistry presented on each Verlaine dinner plate.

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 debut Verlaine Restaurant in the iconic former home to Dominick’s Restaurant in West Hollywood, CA on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Additional chef focused restaurants, lifestyle and design projects are slated by the group to debut throughout Southern California in the coming months.

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Verlaine

8715 Beverly Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90048

www.verlaine.la 

424.288.4621

Hours of Operation

Dinner service in the main dining room only

Sunday through Thursday, 6pm until 11pm

Friday & Saturday, 6pm until 2am

The Verlaine Social Media Platforms

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

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VERLAINE RESTAURANT DEBUTS PARTNERSHIP WITH ACCLAIMED CHEF DIEGO HERNANDEZ

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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

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WISHING A SAFE, HAPPY AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY SEASON TO ALL !

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I welcome 2017 with one positive resolution:

Share the table more often with good friends and loved ones,

And surround myself with brilliant people of good heart and mind –

The thinkers, artists, writers, musicians, chefs, and entrepreneurs

That make our world a better place for all.

The DCPR holiday gift list this year includes

Donations in your honor

To the following  organizations:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

ACLU

Southern Poverty Law Center

Sierra Club

Planned Parenthood

Human Rights Campaign

Lambda Legal

Wishing a safe, happy and healthy holiday season to all!

Dan Cox

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Planning for Paris.

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North African Roasted Half Chicken

Mary’s free range, Spanish style Israeli couscous,

North African gremolata

The Briks

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w/ Blueberries, Strained Yogurt, Mint, Sweet Garlic, Granola

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A sip of something cool with Chef Keller

Bouchon, Beverly Hills

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Direct from my hometown,

Memphis’ own Gus’s World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken

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