WestWood Pop-Up Launches at the Former B3/Winemakers’ Speakeasy

Those would be crispy fried pig ears.
Those would be crispy fried pig ears. Photo: Thrillist

It appears the short-lived Winemakers’ Speakeasy, a.k.a. the space that was also briefly known as B3 (1152 Valencia), is no more. Thrillist reports today on a pop-up that has moved in which is operating five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, doing weeknight dinners and weekend brunch, and it’s called WestWood. The crew behind it are the guys from Criolla Kitchen, minus chef Randy Lewis, and the guy in charge here is Johnny Becklund, who’s cooked at Coi, La Folie, and Tipsy Pig.

The menu is pretty varied, with a basket of crispy pig ears as an example of a good drinking snack, and various other bites like radishes with bone-marrow butter; fried smelts with romesco; and roasted quail with dried fruit and black-current coulis. Becklund is working with partner Hans Purohit, who’s overseeing the beer and wine program, and near as we can tell, this is closer to a full-fledged restaurant (albeit in a space they’re not technically leasing) than a pop-up.

See Thrillist’s video coverage below.

The WestWood Pop-up [Thrillist]