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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