Locally legendary food writer Jay Weston was telling us last night at Sona’s 7th birthday that certain restaurants (like Bistro LQ) appeared slammed with customers while hotel dining rooms are looking slightly barren. That’s a shame if diners are kept from discovering brilliant chefs truly on their game at hotel restaurants, like John Cuevas at Montage’s Muse or Simon Dolinky at Blvd 16. Paul Rossi, the food and beverage director at JW Marriott at L.A. Live!, is himself hoping for a boom in hotel dining as the Downtown tower that houses the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton will see a slew of restaurants and bars opening there next year, reports BlogDowntown.
The building’s ground floor is expecting L.A. Market, which is withholding the name of a celebrity chef due to be involved in this fine-dining restaurant that will have indoor and outdoor seating and a Cruvinet system for wines by-the-glass. Nearby on the ground level will be Mixing Room, yet another classic cocktail scene with seating for over 200 people. Another restaurant, also with a withheld celebrity chef involved, is due for the 24th floor of The Ritz Carlton, which could possibly be a marvel if afforded proper views of the city. Even better news if you’re in the midst of job searching, about 600 new hires will be needed in December for these venues.
Hotels Hope To Be a Neighborhood Hang [BlogDowntownNews]