Manhattan Beach hot spot Manhattan Avenue will see another new restaurant by summer when restaurateur Jed Sanford and chef Tin Vuong, the partners behind Abigaile in Hermosa Beach and WildCraft Sourdough Pizza in Culver City, plan to open what they're for now calling Little Sister.
The name of the new 50-seat restaurant has yet to be decided upon but is referred to as "little sister" because they envision it as the sibling of Abigaile, a casual place that will feature Vuong's take on food with roots in Europe-colonized Southeast Asia. That means dishes that blend French technique, Dutch and British influences and Southeast Asian spices and flavors.
Vuong also will choose wines from around the world, and the craft beer selection will include special batches from The Brewery at Abigaile, brewed exclusively for the restaurant, which is located across the street from chef David LeFevre's newly opened Fishing With Dynamite.
The design by Anthony Agriam of Bishop Pass includes elements of a Singaporean shophouse and a one-room schoolhouse, with a mix of modern and colonial furnishings. The walls of distressed plaster with stenciled text are a nod to Abigaile.
1131 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.