That Thomas Schoos-designed Hollywood restaurant and club where no one seemed to be clear on the name when we stopped by last week (Montaigne was the offering in earlier press materials and on a permit application) is actually going to be called Lexington, with "social house" non-committedly attached in lower case letters. Jeremy and Junella Chin’s (a real estate developer and doctor, respectively, from New York) forthcoming spot is still looking at a February 11th opening and will have Mette Williams as its executive chef. Williams was until recently the executive sous chef at Soho House and before that Shutters, and in the prior position of chef de cuisine at San Diego’s Crescent Heights Kitchen. She is also a former exec sous chef at Cut, following five years as a sous chef at Spago. So, what’s she cooking here?
A press release calls her cooking "rustic modern American with global touches," with Williams emphasizing a market-driven approach with a restrained use of spices and sauces. Given the Cut and Shutters background, we smell steak and seafood. There will also be handmade cocktails, how could there not be at this point, as the restaurant comes attached to a DJ-driven, dance-friendly lounge so you can tell all your friends they just got "served."
Thomas Schoos is breaking out the exposed brick and a pressed tin ceiling in this 10,000-square-foot space, which will include wind-chime-style lighting, which probably means those cylindrical metal lights with holes cut into them. Sounds like what you’d expect in Hollywood, now let’s hope William’s cooking can make it stand out from the pack of places that blur the line between nightlife and restaurants.
Lexington social house, opening February 11th at 1718 Vine St. Hollywood.