Thursday, June 05, 2008

An Ogden in LA

June 4

I just got word that young Bryan Ogden, chef of his dad’s eponymous restaurant in Las Vegas, Bradley Ogden, is leaving town to strike out on his own
He’s teaming up with Allison Melnick and Robin Antin to open a triple-concept restaurant and lounge on Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood.
Apple Restaurant & Lounge and Pussycat Dolls Lounge will all be under one roof, with three entrances.
Bryan’s dad built his name in the Bay Area, and it looks like Bryan’s food — which he’s doing for all three venues — will reflect that, with a focus on local, sustainable, organic ingredients. Mark Hefter, who Google tells me worked at Bellagio in Las Vegas, will be the sommelier.
The Apple Lounge, beneath the restaurant, is intended as “an exclusive VIP nightlife destination ... designed to subtly evoke a sense of being in ‘The Big Apple’,” according to the chef’s publicists
The Pussycat Dolls Lounge will be next to the restaurant and have four performances per week. On other nights live jazz will be played there.
It’s scheduled to open sometime this summer.

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