Today John Terzian, a born and raised Angeleno who grew up on the West Side and went to Harvard Westlake, is founder and principal of the h.wood.group, a Los Angeles based lifestyle company which includes, real estate development, luxury lifestyle products, and upscale nightlife divisions. This May and June, he will be opening two new venues – SHOREbar in Santa Monica and Bootsy Bellows in the former Trousdale space.
SHOREbar (the group’s 1st west side venture, open May 25th) is taking over the Hideout Bar at 112 w. Channel sandwiched between Georgio Baldi and The Hungry Cat, and designed by John Terzian with help from Rosetta Getty. SHOREbar is Nantucket Chic; the vibe is very relaxed and cool. It has a nautical theme with an old-school beachy feel. Inspiration was taken from local seaside haunts such as Jonathan Beach Club and Shutters Hotel.
The newest bar from John Terzian, Brian Toll, and Adam Koral (h.wood.group), located on a remote stretch of some of Santa Monica’s finest restaurants, specializing in hand crafted specialty cocktails, dreamed up by mixologist Vincenzo Marianella. SHOREbar’s small upstairs mezzanine level will be reserved for members only. It offers a second bar, private restrooms, private lockers, wine tasting nights, etc.
John Terzian along with David Arquette, Brian Toll & Darren Dzienciol will re-open Trousdale (June 2012) which they bought out from Guy Starkman under the new name Bootsy Bellows — the name of David Arquette’s mother who was a pin-up and burlesque dancer. Bootsy Bellows will be a performance-based dinner theater concept, bringing back the ‘rat pack’ era but with a modern twist to it.” David was previously involved with Jeff Beacher’s Madhouse house last fall.
The Daily Truffle interviews John Terzarian:
1. What is now it the h.wood family:
h.wood, tea.room, Las Palmas, The Beverly, SHOREbar with Brian Toll and Adam Koral (opening May 25th) which is our first Westside endeavor, and Bootsy Bellows with David Arquette (opening June 2012) which is a dinner theater concept lounge
2. How did you come to be in business with David Arquette?
4. How did you get into the business?
I started an event company in college that is still going today called 28th Street Entertainment then after law school I worked with AMLV Management (who repped DJ AM in his early days). Under Loyal Pennings, I became chief operating officer at LAX nightclub in Hollywood, where I helped structure a deal to license the LAX brand to The Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, where it still reigns today. After that I opened my first place on my own called h.wood.
7. Where did you go to high school / college?
Harvard-Westlake School / USC & Pepperdine Law school.
8. What was your first job after college?
Working for DJ AM and AMLV management.
9. Where are your go-to spots for dinner, lunch, and meetings?
Dinner spot would be Dan Tanas; meetings Chateau Marmont and lunches either a Joe’s pizza type of place or nothing.
10. Tell us a lesser known place in LA you don’t think people would know?
The botanical gardens in westwood (right by ucla) are a hidden gem and very relaxing.
112 w Channel Rd Santa Monica, CA
Bootsy Bellows (formerly Trousdale, Bar One)
9229 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA.