Just like the prodigal son, it returns. After what felt like one minute of driving by and seeing construction trucks and workers …. Spago 3.0 arrivé!
(2.0 would be the move from Sunset to Canon).
Bouchon will have to say good bye to some of the old school lunch crowd it’s been getting this summer … Whilst under construction, Spago’s best were left with no where to lunch and so they all made the brief trip across the street to Thomas’s.
Not to fear, Bouchon will survive with their 60+ investors and sparkling deal they got on rent. The city of Beverly Hills owns the building where they lease and made it quite worth TK’s while to come on down. This would be part of Beverly Hills’ on-going effort to make sure we have more Barbara Bui’s and Loro Piana’s than Bebe’s and Starbucks’s.
With the full support of execs from Gersh, MGM, Ryan Seacrest and many LA elite, Bouchon is well supported. As is Spago. The two need to build a bridge and simply adjourn people to and fro all night. Essentially it’s the same exact crowd. What’s good for the goose is good for the brandy. #TruffleApproved!!
A “soft” re-opening was Oct. 1, just the way we like it. In L.A., if you go to a grand opening, you’re basically late and it’s no longer ‘new’ and no one cares that you went. Look for the terms “soft opening”, “pre-opening”, “sneak peek” or “friends & family” on your invitations to ensure you are at the right party.
Art in the new includes: three light box paintings in the dining room from Doug Aitken called Listening (2011), Nighttime Cityscape (2011), One (2011) as well as other paintings in the dining room by Ed Ruscha and Mark Grotjahn. L.A. native artists Alex Israel has a photo in one of the private rooms.
PS — Beware one of the Doug Aitken paintings is a giant cracked iPhone as decor hanging from one wall. It basically looks like everyone’s iPhone because every iPhone you ever see has a cracked screen. Or a dead battery.