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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

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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

WHAT WE’RE READING

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Planning for Paris.

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WHAT WE’RE EATING

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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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71Above Debuts High Atop US Bank Tower

The West Coast’s Highest Dining Destination Is Now Serving

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Soaring 950 feet above 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles, high atop the U.S. Bank Tower, 71Above celebrates the diversity of culture and landscape in the City of Angels. Owner Emil Eyvazoff named Chef Vartan Abgaryan and General Manager Alex Hasbany to lead Los Angeles’ most highly anticipated new dining adventure, a restaurant ‘of’ and ‘for Los Angeles.’ Chef Abgaryan’s menus offer a contemporary modern American cuisine that references the ethnic makeup and cultural traditions of the sprawling metropolis; L.A. based Tag Front architecture and design studios employ strategic architectural elements and contemporary decor to both honor and highlight the iconic landmarks and geographic landscape of the extended city; and General Manager Hasbany has teamed with a host of talented L.A. hospitality professionals to bring the crown jewel of the iconic Los Angeles skyline to realization.

71Above diners will revel in extraordinary unobstructed scenery, expanding for miles in all directions.  Tag Front partnered with SageGlass Company to create a seamless view protected from the elements by technological engineering that automatically darken and lightens the glass panes surrounding the restaurant, offering shading in the light of day, while magically lightening as dusk and nightfall arrive. Upon entering the restaurant from the lobby of the US Bank Tower, guests arrive on the 71st floor in a centralized enclosed area that dramatically expands outward as the full restaurant and views are revealed. Tag Front brilliantly references the geography of the landscape below, as well as the flight patterns above through the use of various design motifs.  The 71Above logo on the front entrance floor extends outward in every direction, landing at table tops capped by a compass, alongside artistic directionals beautifully positioned on mirrored partitions that highlight the closest local, and farthest international destinations. Table tops of polished white oak blend with extensive use of white oak columns and mirrored pillars.  Acoustic ceiling pods reference a hexagonal design motif found within the curvature of the rounded building, and reoccurring within multiple design elements including handmade ceramic tile on the walls of the entry lobby and face of the bar counter.  The structural layout of the space affords an unusual mix of seating options, including “quieter dining” for private events or those that prefer to be outside the noise and bustle of the busy restaurant; the chef’s tables, which offer up-close views into the open kitchen; the lively main dining room and the robust atmosphere of the adjoining bar and lounge. Guest may opt to select their preferred dining atmosphere during the TOCK reservations process.

Eyvazoff, Hasbany and Chef Abgaryan have assembled a world class team of hospitality professionals for 71Above.  Master Sommelier Reggie Narito leads a wine team that includes sommelier Catherine Morel, simultaneously building a new program for 71Above and a training ground for those working toward Master Sommelier certification. Mr. Narito’s expertise and mentorship, as exhibited in the documentary “Somm,” is in high demand by wine students the world over. His mastery is witnessed in the wine menus of 71Above, the extensive wine pairing programs, and the ongoing mentorship of the 71Above sommeliers seeking MS certification.  The sprits program is offered in collaboration with Proprietors, LLC and 71Above lead barman, Darwin Manahan.  Guests will discover an extensive mixology program in the bar and lounge areas, as well as curated cocktail selections designed to pair with each course of the dining experience.  Chef Abgaryan created a dining journey that includes a two course lunch ($35.00 pp), three course dinner ($70.00 pp), guided chef’s tasting menus, along with curated wine and cocktail parings ($40.00 pp).  Each menu offering concludes with an array of extraordinary dessert offerings by Executive Pastry Chef Gregory Baumgartner.

Dinner service is offered from 5pm until 10pm nightly, with lunch served Monday – Friday from 11:30am – 3:00pm. Bar menus are offered from 11:30am until 11:00pm daily, with bar and lounge beverage service continuing into the late night hours. Weekend brunch will be added in the coming days.

THE FACTS & BIOGRAPHIES

71Above (NO spacing between “71” and “Above”)

The U.S. Bank Tower

633 W. 5th Street, 71st floor

Los Angeles, CA 90071

213.71above (213.712.2683) | www.71above.com

Hours of Operation:

M-W 11:30am – 11pm

TH-F 11:30am – 12am

Sat 5pm – 12am

Sun 5pm – 11pm

Valet Parking is available street level at the U.S. Bank Tower lobby entrance on 5th St, between Grand and Flower. $10.00 with validation (for up to three hours).

For all private dining requests, groups and events, please contact Cara Kovacs:

213.300.4809 | cara@71above.com

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @71Above

 

Emil Eyvazoff

Proprietor

A native of Los Angeles and among the pioneers in the renaissance of Downtown, Eyvazoff began in downtown’s hospitality and nightlife scene in 2004 with the development of Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant and Elevate Lounge.  Eyvazoff was approached by the ownership of the U.S. Bank Tower in 2013 to develop a unique restaurant concept for the 71st floor. Over the next three years, 71Above was born.  Passionate about food and wine, Eyvazoff belongs to several societies, including the Chevaliers du Tastevin and Commanderie de Bordeaux.

Alex Hasbany

General Manager

Alex Hasbany spent two decades in New York City working in acclaimed restaurants with Chef Geoffrey Zakarian at Patroon, and Tom Valenti at Butterfield 81 and Ouest.  For seven years, he served as General Manager for Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market, creating the blueprint for Culinary Concepts by Jean-Georges restaurants around the globe. After presiding over the famed Palm Steakhouse on the West side of Manhattan, Alex and his wife relocated to Los Angeles, where he assumed the role of General Manager at The Palm in Downtown Los Angeles, and most recently The Palm in Beverly Hills.

Chef Vartan Abgaryan

Executive Chef

Chef Abgaryan, a native Angeleno, was formally trained at Le Cordon Bleu, mentoring at the iconic André Soltner restaurant, Lutèce. He returned to Los Angeles to lead the kitchens of acclaimed restaurateur Tim Goodell’s Red Pearl Kitchen, ‘A’ Restaurant, and Public Kitchen. For the next three years, Abgaryan served as executive chef at Cliff’s Edge Restaurant to great critical acclaim. LA Weekly’s restaurant critic Besha Rodell remarked, “Abgaryan’s food is composed above all else — the chef focuses as much on visual beauty as on taste.” In 2015, Chef Abgaryan joined forces with Emil Eyvazoff to debut a new, world-class dining destination on the 71st floor of the US Bank Tower.

Gregory Baumgartner 

Executive Pastry Chef

Chef Baumgartner mentored with the Michael Mina Group at the Four Seasons in Baltimore, MD. He oversaw multiple Mina venues, including Wit and Wisdom, PABU, and LAMILL as Pastry Sous Chef under Chef Lincoln Carson. Baumgartner relocated to Los Angeles, where he joined the opening team at Chef Mina’s Bourbon Steak.  Most recently, he served as Executive Pastry Chef on the opening teams of EP+LP Restaurant in West Hollywood and Spring Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles.

Reggie Narito

Wine Program Architect

Reggie Narito is one of few people in the world to hold the prestigious title of Master Sommelier.  He began his career in the restaurant industry at the age of seventeen and has worked in notable Bay Area restaurants including Star’s in San Francisco, Le Papillon in San Jose and the Plumed Horse in Saratoga.   At 71Above, Mr. Narito was enlisted to create a world-class wine program and a pathway for aspiring sommeliers to become future Master Sommeliers. He appears in the documentary “Somm” and the Esquire TV series “Uncorked.”

Catherine Morels

Lead Sommelier 

Catherine Morels currently holds an Advanced Diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers, with the Master Diploma well within her sights. She has served as Lead Sommelier at Mina’s American Fish Restaurant and the famed Sirio Restaurant at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas. She was most recently the Lead Sommelier at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak LA.

Darwin Manahan,

Lead Bartender

Originally self-taught via the definitive texts of classic bar men Gary Regan and David Wondrich, Manahan enjoyed wide recognition and acclaim as head bartender at Corazon y Miel and PUNCH Bar. His time there proved transformative, both for himself and the restaurant, celebrated as one of Esquire’s Best Bars in America.  Manahan was also named in Zagat’s prestigious 30 Under 30 list of outstanding culinary talents. The creative mind behind the beverage programs at L.A.’s Osso and Cliff’s Edge restaurants, Manahan discovers inspiration in everything from his Filipino roots to the ice cutting techniques of Tokyo’s Hidetsugo Ueno.

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