Two Father's Office alums to open the Bellwether in Studio City

The Bellwether, a new restaurant and bar by two Father's Office alums to open in Studio City this summer

Two Father's Office alums are adding to the growing restaurant row in Studio City. Chef Ted Hopson and beverage director Ann-Marie Verdi plan to open the Bellwether restaurant and bar on Ventura Boulevard this summer. 

Details on the menu are slim, but Hopson, who also worked at Lukshon, and Verdi did share that the restaurant would feature a family style menu inspired by Hopson's Southern Italian heritage. So expect seasonally driven, shareable dishes. 

There will also be a research and development section of the menu, where Hopson and Verdi will experiment with daily cocktail and entree specials.  Verdi will have a full cocktail menu, as well as 20 taps featuring 10 rotating beers, eight California wines and two cocktails. 

Designer Ana Henton (Love & Salt, Mercado, Lukshon) was tapped to design the 3,200-square-foot space, with room to seat 70 inside and 30 on the patio. The restaurant features views of the kitchen from every seat, with a gray, blue and white color palate, butcher block table tops and wainscotting-accented walls meant to bring to mind a modern Tudor cottage. Yes, Tudor. Maybe somebody's been watching a lot of "Wolf Hall." 

The Bellwether will be open nightly for dinner. 

13251 Ventura Blvd., Suite A, Studio City

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