Mo's reopens as Continental in Toluca Lake with throwback cocktails and banh mi

Continental opens in Toluca Lake with throwback cocktails, banh mi and more

Mo's, the Toluca Lake restaurant known for its burgers and Warner Bros. Studios crowd, has reopened as Continental. 

The restaurant received a full makeover by Mo's founding partner Jay Sadofsky and new partner and executive chef Jesse Genovese (formerly of Ramsey’s at the Club). The menu is a mix of influences: Thai seafood bouillabaisse with shrimp, scallops and calamari in a creamy coconut, lemongrass and kaffir lime broth; Vietnamese banh mi; baked turkey Bolognese; Moroccan chicken with lentils and a house-made vegan burger. 

Bar manager Chet Abbott (formerly at Rock Box in Seattle) has created a throwback cocktail list that includes La Dominicana, made with Zaya Gran Reserva Rum, Galliano Ristretto Liqueur and hand-whipped vanilla cream; Christopher Oaxacan made with mezcal, pineapple juice, lime juice and agave nectar; and Tattletale, made with Famous Grouse blended Scotch, Laphroaig single-malt Scotch, bitters and a dash of honey. 

There are also 14 beers on tap and nine bottles, beer tasting flights and a wine list curated by Spin the Bottle Wine Studio owner Doug LaGambina. Expect a mix of small-production, artisanal wines from the Finger Lakes region in New York, the West Coast, France, Italy, Argentina and Spain, that range in price from $10 to $14 by the glass. 

The restaurant features an entirely new interior and a 35-foot long, five-panel painting of Toluca Lake by Don Hanson, a painter for Warner Bros.

Continental is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

4301 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, (818) 845-3009, www.ContinentalLA.com

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